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October 31, 2016
By Austin Lindemulder
What's Next? from Austin

Hi everyone! I want to start out by saying thank you to everyone who is supporting me this year. I am now fully funded thanks to all of you! Your gifts truly are making a difference both in my life and in One Body One Hope (OBOH). I cannot believe how much I’ve enjoyed my time serving with OBOH and also how fast it’s going! It has truly been a blessing. I wanted to give you a quick update on where I’m at and what’s going on in OBOH. I’ve spent the last 3 months in the States now getting projects started, preparing trips, and reaching out to churches for support for our pastors.

The campaign is entitled “Empower a Pastor” and is designed to support the pastors of the churches as indigenous missionaries. This will allow the pastors to reach out into their communities and into the unreached peoples in the heart of Liberia. This program is beginning to take root and we are very excited to see churches partner with these missionaries at a simple $200/month and through prayer support to enable them to reach Liberia with God’s love.

One of the other major events of my time here in the States was to gather things to ship to Liberia! It was so much fun to see people give with their own resources (not just financially!) to make this happen. Our supplies left on October 17 from Iowa and headed to Kansas City thanks to a few people that generously donated their time (and truck!) to take it down there. It is scheduled to arrive December 15 in Liberia. We ask for prayer warriors to pray this container across the ocean and especially through the port and to the AVDC property.

I’m sure some of you are wondering, “What’s in this container?” Well I’m glad you asked! The container holds a couple thousand books for the school (textbooks, reading books, teacher’s resources), solar panels for the school (this will power the entire compound during the day, saving us a few thousand dollars each year), shoeboxes for the kids (thanks to everyone who made one!), farm equipment, and flooring tile for the school. We are so excited for these advances!

Now that the container is sent off, my time is being spent preparing for upcoming trips. My next trip is November 10-18 and I have the privilege of going with Michael and Maria Gallagher. We will be spending a lot of our time looking at the farm and setting up a 5 or 10-year plan for the farm with them.

After that trip, I have a short time at home for the holidays and then I head back on December 31 to help lead the AMOR trip, install the solar panels, hand out the gifts to the children, and much more. I will be in Liberia until January 25! I am excited to get back to Liberia and see how everything is going, and the progress they are making.

Tags: empower, pastor