We would like to thank all of you for your support, concern, and encouragement for our family as we follow God’s call into missions. We are very blessed to have people like you who want to walk alongside us on this journey. It has been a very tough road and we surely got this far only because of God’s grace and mercy and the encouragement from people like you along the way.
The past few months have been busy with preparation, packing, and planning. However, we received news a few weeks ago that new regulations put in place in October of 2012 by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council essentially block Maureen from getting a license to practice medicine in Nigeria. This has been the biggest blow to our plans so far. This is not exactly the blog posting we had anticipated writing in late March. We will not be departing for Egbe in April.
It has been difficult for us and we’ve struggled to share this news. To say that this news came as a shock to us is putting it mildly. We don’t know if this is God closing the door or Him telling us to trust Him through this trial . . . that He will work this out to glorify His name. After some time in prayer, seeking Godly advice, and digging further into the situation, it became very apparent that the road ahead would not be smooth.
We need your prayers more now than ever before. Please pray that we will see clearly the path that God has for us now. As difficult as it is for us right now, we are trying to seek His will. It is easy to say this, but believing it in our hearts is another thing. We have felt the entire spectrum of emotions in the past few weeks. Pray that we won’t let Satan win this battle.
We’re still praying that God will provide a path to Egbe – in His way and in His timing. We keep coming back to the fact that none of this caught God off guard and simply trust that His will is being done. There have been a lot of people with SIM – in the US and Nigeria – as well as some Nigerians looking into things over the past weeks. For whatever reason, these regulations are there and very firm.
While we are praying that the door to Egbe will open, we are also working with SIM USA to consider other options. There are two possibilities being discussed, although neither is for certain – Galmi, Niger and Kijabe, Kenya. For a variety of reasons, an assignment to Galmi or Kijabe may end up being for one year. We would then return home and reevaluate. Perhaps the door to Egbe might be open then – if there’s anything that’s consistent about Nigeria, it’s that there is little consistency.
Please know that we are committed to being used by God and serving long-term. We ask that you join us in prayer as we wait to see what door God opens.
- That God will provide peace and clarity as we move forward
- That our faith will grow through this experience
- That the path ahead will be clear – Egbe, Galmi, Kijabe, etc.
- That God will provide workers for Egbe
We will keep you informed as God reveals His will. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or thoughts.
Tim, Maureen, Luke & Kate
Wow. Not fun. But a great chance to walk by faith. Having come from Kenya to Nigeria my ears perk when you say Kijabe — but I want what God wants for you. I pray He will make it crystal clear. I just saw our doctor (Steven Shephard) here in Jos. That makes me more aware of your struggle. May God give you wisdom and peace. Blessings, Susan Snyder
Kijabe would be a good place to end up in some ways. The coffee-tea farm workers would benefit greatly. I know you believe God is leading you to Africa, but might I suggest that you add to your consideration Haiti. I just returned from there and there is great need, both physically and spiritually. If you pray and God says to consider it, let me know and I can put you in contact with people ministering there or tell you the little that I know.
I know this must feel terribly disappointing but I know that God is going to work this out according to His will and for His glory. Mary and I will be in continual prayer for you. I’m pretty sure Baxter is rooting for you too. And since your going to be around the area a littly longer I’m sure he would be happy to see you. Feel free to come and visit any time. May the Lord continue to bless you richly.
Love, Robert and Mary
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