Going home!

Sitting in our hotel room in Michigan, having just celebrated Andy’s grandma’s 84th birthday on Wednesday, and Tim Lang‘s wedding last night, we realize we have a lot to be thankful for… our family, our friends, our Christian heritage. This past summer has been an amazing time of reconnecting, and seeing God continue to provide for us financially in ways that remind us we’re on His mission, not ours! We are very pleased to report that we’ve received our financial clearance to return to Kenya, which is tonight! Praise God! Please pray for our family (plus Katie Lang) flying tonight (Saturday) and tomorrow, that our bags would all arrive safely, that we’d quickly get over jet lag with school starting Thursday! Praise God! -Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, and...

16 days, $500/month to go

The stats: 16 days until we leave for Africa 15 days to raise $500/month in support 21 days before school starts in Kenya 50 days until shooting starts on Andy’s feature-length directorial debut We’ve had an amazing time in America, seeing family and friends and supporters, but our time is finally winding down. Honestly, we’re more than ready to go back. We’re torn between the people we love here and the work God has lined up for us to do. We are anxious to begin our next term and see what God has planned. IMMEDIATE NEED Our organization, AIM, requires us to be 100% supported before allowing us to return to Africa. We started our furlough in June with $1100/month shortfall. We’re extremely grateful to have been blessed with $600/month of new support since then. This leaves us still $500/month short of being able to return to Kenya, with our round-trip tickets already set and school and a movie production we’re involved in all waiting on our return! We are praying for 5 or 10 families that can partner with us financially. The average amount our supporters pledge is $100 a month,  Please pray about being one of those families, and joining us in God’s amazing work on the African continent! Email us right away if you are one of those families, we need to show evidence of our 100% support by the end of the month! THE MOVIE Andy’s team is making a $100,000 feature-length movie this year, with filming scheduled to start middle of September and Andy as the director. Please pray for the funding to come in by...

Furlough update… day 15/44

We’ve had a wonderful time in Virginia, seeing our sending church, Dulles Community, and meeting with many friends and supporters who’ve stuck with us and prayed for us during the past 5 years in Africa. A quick update from our prayer requests we shared: The Masai jewelry we brought from Kenya has completely sold, bringing over $600 to the Masai church ladies’ ministry to orphans in the Olepishet community! We’ve picked up a couple new supporters! We are still looking for about 9 new families or churches who could commit to financially supporting us at $100/month. If you’re considering supporting us, could you please send us an email to let us know, as we need to show our organization that we are 100% supported before the end of July. We are now into the “vacation with family” portion of our trip. We’re in North Carolina at the moment, heading to the Smoky Mountains with Andy’s family. Our last week on the east coast and then on to the midwest! Love you all, Andy and Lesa...

Virginia tonight!

After a day in Amsterdam and a few days’ rest in Illinois, we are beginning our epic summer tour roadshow! During the next week+ in Virginia, we’d love to see as many people as we can. If you live in the DC area, please come to one of the following events and hear about Andy’s epic trips to Egypt, Iraq and Madagascar, and the feature-length film he’ll be directing in September. Lesa’s got a lot of great stuff to share as well… Sunday, June 10 at 10:30am leading worship at Dulles Community Church Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm dessert night at Brad and Amy Russell’s house Thursday, June 14 at 7pm dessert night at Bruce and Cindy Lang’s house Sunday, June 17 at 10:30am speaking at Dulles Community Church If you’re not able to make it to one of these events, we’d still love to see you. Please call us on our cell in the next few days so we can find a time to meet. 309-752-8355 We don’t take it lightly that there are nearly 100 people in the US and Canada who sacrifice financially, regularly, for us to serve the church in Africa, and even the church in the middle east occasionally. We are humbled and blown away every month to see who God will use to provide the funds it takes every month for us to live modestly and serve effectively here. Before we start our 3rd term as missionaries in August, we need to raise about $27,000 total (in one-time gifts or monthly pledges) before we’ll be allowed to return to the field. Would you please be praying about joining our support...

Our first feature-length movie…

OFM is pretty good at making documentaries. Over the past 5 years we’ve made documentaries in a dozen African countries, bringing light to unreached people groups and bringing prayer and support to ministries. Most of the media we produce is for a western audience, the church largely. Connecting the church around the world with what God is doing in Africa. But a few months ago we were presented with an opportunity to do something totally different. Something almost crazy. Something so far outside our comfort zone, on a scale so large, that God had to be behind it. The challenge was presented to us to create a film that would “bend the heart of the African church to missions.” The church in Africa is big. It’s strong in many ways. But it has traditionally been lacking in mission vision, in seeing its role in finishing the task of the great commission among Africa’s 900 unreached people groups. As our team brainstormed how to do this, we realized we needed to do it through the form of a drama. Presenting information only goes so far, and in Africa, particularly, story-telling is the primary form of communicating values and mores. And as we discussed what this drama would look like, we realized that a 20-minute short film wouldn’t have much effect or opportunity to spread. A truly African story, for an african audience, told in an entertaining and dramatic way, that could end up in every church in subsaharan Africa or satellite TV, or theatres. This would have to be feature length. Our writer sequestered himself away, and with an outline of...
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