Dear Friends of The Antioch Partners (TAP),
Advent and Christmas greetings to you all!
Our support staff (Hope, John, Anne, Teri and myself – the only person missing was Tom) were here in Houston earlier this week and we had our staff Christmas lunch (delicious Ethiopian food!). As we sat around the table sharing, I gave thanks to God for the committed support staff team God has put in place for TAP. But, not only am I grateful for our staff team, I’m grateful for all those who are a part of this growing movement to increase long-term, cross-cultural, incarnational ministry opportunities for Presbyterians. I’m grateful for each TAP Partner (missionary) and for each church/individual that is a part of their support team, and I’m grateful for all the local partners around the world with whom our TAP Partners are serving. I’m also grateful for those who are partnering with TAP through prayer and financial support, and I’m grateful for the growing number of Presbyterian churches which are allowing us to serve them in the assessment, training, sending and support of long-term missionaries. At the same time, as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, I’m keenly aware that more than two billion people around the world today have little or no opportunity to hear about the Christ-child in a way they can understand. So, there is much work to be done, but as we know, “… nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37).
Year-end Summary and Goals
By God’s grace, thirty-eight Partners have now been appointed for mission service through TAP (thirty-two are already serving in their ministry contexts around the world and six are raising their support to go). This means we’re well on our way to achieving our goal of seventy-five Partners appointed for service by the end of 2014. As we have expressed before, only God can make this happen, but we serve an awesome God!
I wish I could introduce you to all our Partners, but since that is not possible, I’ll introduce you to two: Paul and Carol Friesen. Paul and Carol are serving in Eastern Malaysia at the Sabah Theological Seminary (STS). As a part of the STS team, they are helping train Christian leaders from across Southeast Asia. Church leaders in Southeast Asia are clear that one of their most urgent needs is training up more pastors given the explosive growth of the church in that region. Thus, it is strategic that Paul and Carol, themselves veteran cross-cultural servants and Christian leaders, can be there helping address this need. Your partnership with TAP is making it possible for servants like the Friesens to strategically contribute to the expansion of God’s Kingdom in places like Southeast Asia.
How You Can Partner With Us
As we approach the end of this year, your prayer and financial support continue to be vitally important for us, and I invite you to continue praying for TAP and all the Partners. If you have partnered financially with TAP, thank you! If you have not partnered financially with us, I invite you to prayerfully consider doing so. As a result of the growing number of Partners, we have increased TAP’s operating budget this year by 19% (to $151,000) for fiscal year 2013. TAP continues to operate on a frugal budget, and this increase is essential if we are going to effectively support the growing number of Partners. If God leads you to partner financially with TAP, you can contribute by check or online. Checks should be made payable to The Antioch Partners and mailed to (note “Operating Fund” in memo line of check):
The Antioch Partners,
7132 Portland Ave S, Suite 136
Richfield, MN 55423
In order to give online, go to the giving page on our website (www.theantiochpartners.org/giving/). Under the “Please direct my donation to” heading, select “Operating Fund,” and then under the “Donation frequency” heading select your preferred frequency. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Most importantly, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, may we be faithful to live out and share the “… good news of great joy” that is for all the peoples of this hurting, broken world.
Executive Director, The Antioch Partners