UPDATE: The Road Ahead – Redirection?

We hope and pray that each of you are doing well! It’s hard to believe over a month has passed since our last posting. We’re doing okay but have been sharing various illnesses with each other for over a month now. I think Maureen has been sick the longest and both she and I are still struggling a bit. Luke is also having problems hearing. After a hearing test at his pediatrician’s office, we went to see an ENT. He confirmed that the eustachian tubes in both ears are inflamed causing fluid to accumulate in his ears. Because of this he prescribed a treatment for the next six weeks. If his condition does not improve then the next likely step will be putting in tubes. Please pray for healing and patience as we try daily to remember that sometimes he just doesn’t hear us.

We are still in a “holding pattern” regarding our missions assignment but are prayerfully anticipating God’s clear direction. In our last blog we mentioned the possibility of our going to Galmi, Niger or Kijabe, Kenya rather than Egbe, Nigeria. There is no definitive news as of yet, but Kenya is open to our coming although there are numerous details to work out. Specifically, there is no housing available in or around the Moffat Bible College or Kijabe Hospital compounds. Also, decisions need to be made regarding the exact role Maureen will play at the hospital. Please pray for this process and for those working out the details. It’s a little frustrating for us as we wait but we know that God is working.

We are still waiting to hear from Galmi and prayerfully look forward to one day perhaps serving in Egbe, Nigeria. God has us on a path and we are determined to follow His will for our lives.

Please continue to pray:

  • That God will provide peace during this “holding pattern”
  • That our faith will grow through this experience
  • That God will make the next step clear to us
  • For good communication between the mission fields and us
  • That God will provide workers for Egbe
  • That God will heal Luke’s ears

Thank you for your continued support, concern, and encouragement for our family as we follow God’s call into missions. We are very blessed to know people like you who want to walk with us on this journey. We are also grateful for our home church, MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church, which continues to be supportive. Pastor Josh reminded us this morning that no matter where we are (Texas, Nigeria, Kenya, Niger, etc.), as believers “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Cor 5:20a ESV) and that it is the church’s role to dispense the mercy of God (Matt 5:7).

Thank you for praying for us and please let us know how we may pray for you!

In Christ,

Tim, Maureen, Luke & Kate

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3 thoughts on “UPDATE: The Road Ahead – Redirection?

  1. Good job on this letter, Tim & Maureen. The main purpose of a “Prayer Letter” is to motivate prayer, and I think you’ve done that well. You have balanced well expressing your frustration, while affirming your trust in our sovereign God. Well done!

    You remain in our daily prayers,

    Dick

    From: McAlhaneys on Mission <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: McAlhaneys on Mission <comment+ri5tjx2b08ivcfpq9xfzax@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 3:52 PM To: Richard Ackley <dick.ackley@sim.org> Subject: [New post] UPDATE: The Road Ahead Redirection?

    tmcalhan posted: “We hope and pray that each of you are doing well! Its hard to believe over a month has passed since our last posting. Were doing okay but have been sharing various illnesses with each other for over a month now. I think Maureen has been sick the longest”

  2. We are daily praying for you to very soon received God’s direction for yor ministry. Praying for renewed health – Tony fractured 2 bones in foot Feb 18, recovering well but now had Vertigo for 3 weeks – better but not perfect. An Age thing!! Too many birthfdays.
    God bless.
    Tony and Sharon Gould, Sumter SC

  3. Thanks for the update, we’re continuing to pray for the Lord to open a clear road for you. I’m so sorry about the sicknesses, give the kids some hugs from me!
    Blessings,
    Colleen Back

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