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End of Summer Update!

Greetings from the Starkey clan! ūüėČ

We have had a very busy but also relaxing summer, spending as much time with family as we can! We went camping a few times as a family and enjoyed some time around Lake Michigan. Our boys are awesome campers and love being outdoors so we try to spend as much time hiking and doing outdoor related activities as we can. Jim is enjoying speaking only Creole to Zeke and Zeke is understanding so well. April and the two older boys have been homeschooling for about 3 weeks now and April plans on getting serious with her Creole studies and focusing more on them here in the next month or so. We also had the privilege of going to the ALIVE Christian music festival with our youth group.

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Throughout the summer we had the privilege of speaking at Hilltop Community Church and Faith UMC. Both churches were so welcoming and we were so grateful for the opportunity to share our Haiti journey with ea37155728_10216670932663187_9210017939854458880_nch of them. Two churches also picked our family to donate their VBS coin donations too. Both of them equaled almost 2k, which blew us away and was such a blessing & encouragement. Things have started picking up towards the end of Summer, which we are very excited about! God has done such amazing things that only HE could do, on this journey, to show us that this is His plan and we have loved watching Him work. Jim has been very busy meeting with people over coffee to share our calling & journey. It’s been an encouragement to him to build those relationships and share his heart with each person he has coffee with.
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We are so excited to share that we now have 54% of our one-time moving costs raised, which is wonderful! We are doing so well with our one-time moving costs that we are focusing more now on raising our monthly support up because that is what we need the most in order for us to stay in Haiti long term.

As of today, we have 28 monthly supporters and are at 29% raised! 

We are so thankful for each of our monthly supporters, knowing that they will not only be blessing us to allow us to be on the field in Haiti, BUT because of their decision to give part of what God has blessed them with, back to Him to advance the gospel, we are excited for how we know God will be working in and through their lives! This is definitely a ministry that cannot happen without our monthly supporters and God keeps teaching us more each day, how important THIS part of our journey is because this journey of us moving to Haiti is not just about us, or what God will do through us but God specifically knows the families He wants to use and change through this journey as well. We love how God works!

TRAINING: Please be praying for us September 12th through the 15th as we head to the state of Washington for more training to help us on our journey to get to Haiti. Our organization is needing us down there sooner now if possible. Two wonderful couples have retired from the ministry in the past year and they are needing more missionary families down there with all the work that needs to be done and all the villages/churches we minister to down there. RMI has shared how our skill sets are what they are needing right now and they are excited for our family to hurry and get down there.  OUR NEW GOAL MOVE DATE IS MARCH 2019! So we need to raise the remaining 70% up in monthly support in the next 7 months so we can move down there. So if you have been thinking about starting your support or have told us you want to support us, we would love to encourage you to start soon so that we can officially add it to our count, so we can hurry and get down there. Thank you so much!

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WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM? We would LOVE to have you, get to know you more, pray for you and have you join this exciting journey! Check out the graphic below to see which levels we still need monthly supporters in to see which one your family would like to do! Then go HERE to start your support today. Thank you for considering being a part of this amazing ministry.

 

“Now to him who is able¬†to do immeasurably more than all we ask¬†or imagine, according to his power¬†that is at work within us, to Him be the glory…” – Ephesians 3:20

With love,

The Starkeys

 

 

Updates, Praises & Prayer Requests!

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PRAISES:

1. Praising God for another church who donated their VBS coin money to our journey and sent in $900! We had a total of almost 2k from VBS’s this summer towards our journey!

2. Several new monthly supporters since the last update. God is moving! We are excited!

3. We are now officially 54% raised in our ONE-TIME MOVING costs! We are doing so well with that, that we have to focus more now on our monthly support because even if we get 100% of our one-time moving costs built up, we can’t move until we have our monthly support raised! So exciting!

4. The start of our homeschool year with both boys has been going great. Thank you so much for your prayers. The boys are really starting to understand what’s happening and they get excited every time we tell them of a new monthly supporter. They’ve been talking more and more about what our family will be doing in Haiti and are excited.

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PRAYER REQUESTS:

1. We are going to Vancouver, Washington in 2 weeks, for some more training. Our organization, RMI, has been so wonderful with supporting us on this journey and helping us as much as they can, to get there! They are needing us there and we have set a new goal move date for March of 2019! Please be praying for this training and for God to work in it, to help us mightily and for safe travels there & back! This is not cultural training, as that will happen when we are around 65% raised and the boys will come to that with us.

2. Keep praying for more speaking opportunities. We have two churches we are in communication with that we are hopeful to speak at soon! Pray that works out Lord willing! Excited to see God open doors and send us to speak where He wants us.

3. We are thankful God has been filling up Jim’s calendar with coffee chat’s with people, as he shares our calling to Haiti with them. Please pray for Jim as he continues this and tries to fill up his calendar each week with appointments. Pray for April also as she is home more hours with the boys by herself because of Jim being in the meetings.

4. Please pray for God to continue to use this journey even on this side of Haiti, to grow us in Him and grow others as well. That we would continue to feel His peace and joy through the waiting stage and wisdom to know how to go about each new step.

5. For God to connect us with the families, individuals and churches He wants to use to be our monthly supporters and that they would start soon so we can count it towards our percentage. We would LOVE to be at 50% by the beginning/middle of Fall! We are so close (like 2%) away from 30% right now! If you’d like to be one of our monthly supporters, you can go HERE to start or HERE to learn more! If you’d like to have a coffee chat with Jim or April to hear more about our calling, what we will be doing and see what it would look like for your family to join our monthly support team, just let us know by clicking on CONNECT WITH US! Thank you so much!

Thank you so much everyone!¬†‚̧¬†We love you all and appreciate your prayers more than you know!

Love,

Jim & April

New Goal Move Date! :)

We are so excited to see how God has been moving in our Haiti journey recently! Our organization is really needing us down there so we have moved our goal move date to this coming March! That is why it’s so important that our supporters start now! We know many people¬†love visuals ūüėČ so we created this fun graphic to share how many supporters we have in the current levels right now (RED) and how many we still need (GRAY) in each level. WOULD YOU CONSIDER JOINING OUR TEAM AND PICKING WHICHEVER LEVEL YOU’D LIKE?

We would love to have you join our team, & stay in touch with you now but especially when we move down there! YOU can be a part of what God is and will be doing in Haiti! GO HERE TO START: https://bit.ly/2hGUnWjStarkey FamilyMonthly Supporters.png

P.S. We will be sharing an updated email newsletter here this week with you all, now that our computer is back from being repaired. We look forward to sharing how God has been working in our lives and this journey!

Love,

Jim & April