It has been a crazy and exciting few months. We officially joined Josiah Venture as missionaries at the end of September and attended JV Orientation two weeks later at their U.S. Headquarters in Wheaton, IL. We joined 6 other Missionaries in Training (MIT) who are going to Czech, Latvia and Serbia. We learned so much about the vision, mission and values of JV, the structure of the organization, how to support raise and the theology of support raising. One of the most impactful things for us was hearing several Josiah Venture staff’s stories of how they got connected to JV, what it was like for them to serve overseas and the bigger picture of what God is doing in Central and Eastern Europe.
We officially started support raising on October 31st. We had the amazing opportunity to speak at Grace Lutheran Church, where Lee has worked for nearly seven years. We presented about the past short-term trip we did, as well as what we will be doing with Josiah Venture in the future. We received such great feedback and so much incredible support, encouragement and affirmation from that community.
Currently, we are at 17% of our one-time outgoing need of $50,500 and at 21% of our monthly need of $5600 ($2400 living expenses, $3200 ministry budget). This is a huge blessing! We can’t express how grateful we are to have such generous prayer and financial partners so quickly. Support raising definitely has its challenges, but at the same time, we are excited to build lasting ministry partnerships. We aren’t going into this alone; we are going with a team of partners that God has raised up. The process of building relationships with these partners through conversations and over dinners has been some of the sweetest times for us. Thank you for saying Yes to God’s prompting to support our ministry through Josiah Venture!
How To Pray
•Funds: Pray that God would continue to provide the remaining 83% of our outgoing need and 79% of our monthly need. Pray that we would be able to have great conversations with potential partners as we continue to send out letters, meet with people one-on-one and have follow up conversations.
•Lee’s band: Lee leaves on Friday for his last full tour with his band. It is a bittersweet season as the band has been a huge ministry for Lee for the past 8+ years. They have been a light to some really dark places. This last tour will be with three non-Christian bands. Pray that Lee would build strong relationships with these bands and have bold faith.
•Breakfast with Ukrainians: This Thursday morning, the JV Ukraine Country Director is flying into California with 4 Ukrainian JV missionaries to cast vision for the JV ministry, as well as to recruit interns, short-term teams and build a support team. Pray that this would be a sweet morning of connecting with our teammates and hearing about the movement of God in Ukraine.
Thank you so much for your prayers – we are so blessed to have you all as supporters on our journey to Ukraine. If you feel so led by God, please consider joining our financial support team by clicking the “Support By Giving” button below. Our goal is to be on the ground in Ukraine by the summer of 2017. But in order to do this, we have to reach 100% support. We would love your partnership as co-laborers (1 Cor 3:9) in what God is doing in Ukraine!
Katie and Lee Humerian