We received the following news in an email today:
“Dear Ted and Julie, Congratulations, you have been approved for an assignment with Eastern Mennonite Missions!”
Although the blog has been quieter the last couple of months, we have been busy playing catch up. We were approved for a short-term assignment in May, but EMM understandably has a longer and more involved process for long-term approval. So when we switched to long-term, we had to backup and complete those extra steps. After completing doctrinal questionnaires, life inventories, and growth plans, we had our final interview this week.
The next step is to establish our budget and form our support team. We saw the first draft of the budget this week and it was a bit overwhelming. But God is faithful! We will initially be going for a three-year term. The first year we will go to language school in Costa Rica, and then to Guatemala for almost two years before returning for a 3-month visit. We are hoping to be able to raise the money so that we can make it to the start of the August term in Costa Rica next year.
Our language study here has been coming along. Ted, Esther, and I will get a chance to test it out this coming week. We will be joining an EMM employee for an exploratory trip to Guatemala to meet the missionaries that are there now as well as the people that we will be working with in a couple years. We are very excited about this opportunity and would appreciate your prayers for safety and successful connections.