Hi Everyone! Allison here. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement recently. God has been so good to give us so many wonderful friends and partners in ministry. I just wanted to give you all a little update on our recent steps toward the mission field, our progress, and what God has been saying to us.
“Sometimes the road you are traveling seems blocked, or it opens up so painfully slow that you must hold yourself back. Then, when time is right, the way before you suddenly clears through no effort of your own… As you persevere along the path I have prepared for you, depending on My strength to sustain you, expect to see miracles and you will. Miracles are not always visible to the naked eye, but those who live by faith can see them clearly”
from “Jesus Calling” December 21 by Sarah Young
We just took another big step toward our goal of getting on the mission field. After over 13 years of ministry in the local church, Joshua has stepped away in order to focus on finding the remaining faith partners who will send us to Ecuador. We are currently right around 60% of our monthly need. We need to be at 100% by May.
We are have gotten our feet wet in homeschooling and we are wading in a bit deeper. I feel that all three children becoming more independent learners. It has been a challenge transitioning from the public school system to learning at home, but I think that this suits are family very well. Where we are headed , homeschooling is important. I still have a lot to learn myself, but I am getting better at this every day. The kids are anticipating Ecuador and language school in Costa Rica. We pray every night for our faith partners. The kids pray for both our current supporters and those who we have not met yet. Gracie’s favorite prayer is “Thank you God for our past and for our future, the yesterdays and the days to come.”
The last three years I have had a fascination with fog. I believe that fog is all about trust. You cannot see far down the road, but you believe the path is there in front of you. And so you take one step at a time and before you know it you get where you are going.
Having said this, its not always easy walking in the fog, one step at a time. This has never been more true for us than now. Without a steady income and with a deadline looming for language school only months away, the fog seems thicker than ever. Every day we are taking steps through the fog toward our calling. We want to be real with you. Some days the fog is scary. Your prayers and encouragement mean a great deal to us.
We often quote Joshua 1:9:
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
We are called to equip leaders in Ecuador. As one veteran missionary recently told us, “Without your support we cannot go. Without your prayers we dare not go.” Will you step out into the fog with us and help us along the way. We need your prayers and your partnership, but we also need referrals. We are asking our friends to help us share our calling with more people. Please pray about who you might invite to join you in partnering with us. We would be willing to meet you and anyone you might know who is willing to hear about our calling to Ecuador and consider sending us on this journey. We are willing to come and speak at your church, small group, or one-on-one over a meal or dessert.
Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up an appointment.
People can learn more about partnering with us easily at: http://onemissionsociety.org/give/thefletchers
Thank you so much for everything you are doing to get us to the mission field!
Love, Allison 🙂
(Josh and Kids too)