"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matt 28:19

On a mission


Romania

Since our last update, the Lord has confirmed more and more His will for us to go to Romania. In response, we have talked with the missionaries we know in the country, praying for the Lord’s leading. We are excited to announce we are beginning our support raising and would love to partner with individuals and churches as we prepare to serve the orphans and street children of Campina. We hope you will partner with us in the coming months as we travel to speak and share God’s vision for the people of Romania.

Thank you so much for your steadfast prayers. In two months, we hope to find 200 people willing to commit to only $10 a month. We have already received faith pledges from friends and family. Soon, we hope to travel and share with churches from Indiana to Illinois and as far south as Mississippi. Please contact us to receive information on our plan for evangelism and discipleship. Praise God!

 

Writing

Writing has taken a backseat to teaching for the majority of this school year; however, in March our focus shifted. For the first time in nearly two years, I attended the Indiana Writer’s Workshop downtown. The all day conference exposed me to some great writing tips and techniques and I was blessed to meet two literary agents who represent Christian authors. In case you didn’t know, literary agents are the “in” for writers seeking publication in today’s market. After a short pitch of my novels (I have six still awaiting publication) both agents requested to read the manuscripts…all of them!

Please be in prayer with us as we continue to find a home for these novels. As always, they share the love of God and the light of His truth in a dark world. Statistics show more than 20% of teens and young adults are likely to come to Jesus through media outreaches such as these.

Meanwhile, at the inner-city high school where I teach, I cannot keep my published books on the shelves. It seems like every week another student asks where she can get a copy to read because she’s heard so much about them. A teacher’s assistant shared with me in passing that she has read all three of them and passed them on to her daughter, who read them, and is now passing them on to friends. Just yesterday, I had four conversations with students throughout the day about God, Jesus, and church-related issues. Praise God for opportunities to share His truth!

 

Graduation

After our return from Bangladesh, I was informed I still had educational benefits through the VA. After praying and seeking counsel from friends, we discovered I could attend Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University Seminary at the same time. As a result, I was able to get my transition to teaching certificate from Taylor and my Master’s degree in Ministry from IWU, and both while teaching. Thanks to the support of Cassi and the rest of the family, I’ve finally finished! What a blessing.

Reach Family Update


Family of 6

Since returning from Bangladesh, the road has been bumpy but blessed. We returned to welcome another addition. Judah was born on May 2nd and everything went well with the delivery, but what we didn’t know was Cassi had developed a vitamin deficiency from our diet in Bangladesh. This caused Judah to be born with this same deficiency, as well. As a result, he ended up in NICU suffering from numerous seizures. The neurologist’s reports said brain damage…but God.

Judah made a full recovery, and is now a thriving three-year-old!

Teaching Transition

There have been some significant changes in our lives lately. The Lord opened a teaching position at an inner-city high school and I was led to the mission field of a public school. This year, I started my third year of teaching and coached the soccer team. Beginning last school year, we felt the Lord guiding us in the direction of homeschooling, so Cassi transitioned from teaching to teaching at home. Though the parent-teacher conferences are a bit confusing, she loves it!  😉

Meanwhile, the VA offered to pay for an additional year of education. After many days of prayer, I decided to finish my Master’s degree in Ministry and in teaching. Needless to say, it has been a busy transition.
To the left: Mike took his class to a center for domestic abuse victims where they raised more than $1200 to help mothers and children.

Writing

In twelve years, I have written twelve novels, published three, and have nine more awaiting publication. For the past three years, we’ve had opportunities to attend book-signings in multiple states, as well as covertly place novels in stores and on bookshelves in schools. Last week, I watched a student carry my latest book, Waiting on You, down the hall. A member of our youth group at church held a book club using my evangelistic fiction novel, Overcome. As a result, two of the girls in her book club started visiting church with her. Now graduated, this young woman now serves as a missionary in Turkey. Praise God!
To purchase our evangelistic and discipleship-based books, CLICK on the pictures to the right.

Discipleship

Our purpose and mission as a family is to make disciples who make disciples. God has specifically placed family discipleship in our hearts, and we have continued the ministry at our home church, Elevation, under the guidance and encouragement of our brothers and sisters here. Whether leading Saturday morning men’s discipleship, welcoming weekly dinners with families, teaching in the children’s ministry, leading Next steps classes for new Christian adults, or serving as Alpha life group leaders on Sunday nights, our family has resolved to be obedient to the passion God has placed in our lives.

Romania

Eight years ago, Cassi and I felt the call to Romania. As the Lord confirmed His plan, we set out for a two-week mission trip in 2009 and worked alongside a visionary worker and wonderful woman of God. After two weeks of falling in love with the country, working with women and abandoned children, it seemed like the doors were not opening for us…yet. Two years later, the Lord opened doors for us to serve in Bangladesh for three years, but our love for Romania never left us. Confirmation after confirmation, the Lord has continued to show Romania. Please be in prayer for us as we prepare to go and make disciples.
Whether in the U.S. or abroad, we have resolved to dedicate our lives to the furtherance of the gospel with every skill, talent, and ability given to us. Please join us as we continue to invite others into the love of Jesus Christ.
In Him,
The OutReach Family