Our family was all homebound on this March Thursday as we dug out from our first "Bomb Cyclone Blizzard!" We didn't know that was a thing either until yesterday! Strong winds and snow abounded causing massive drifts and closing many roads including the major interstate from Colorado Springs to Denver.
We are excited to share the growing opportunities presented to us these past few months to minister in the lives of those serving globally, a need we personally understand.
Dan and Kim
Staff Care and Development
Over the last four years, EMI has opened four new international offices - Senegal, Nicaragua, Cambodia and South Africa. As EMI staffing levels have increased so have the needs to prepare, develop and care for those serving globally.
Since many of the staff deploying to these locations are from the USA, EMI's USA office in Colorado Springs shares responsibility for the ongoing care and development needs of these staff members and their families. In December, the USA office director asked Dan to step into a newly created role to give leadership to EMI's efforts to ensure the American families and individuals sent to EMI's seven international offices are properly vetted, trained and cared for throughout their years of service.
Twice a month a group of nine of us - EMI staff and spouses - gather together in our home. This is one of the ways Dan has stepped into the role of caring and developing EMI's staff. Through his leading of The Journey, we have sought to understand God's individual calling in each of our lives, to be attentive to God’s influence in our unique life narratives, and to obtain a rare intimacy through the sharing of our stories. Throughout this transformative process, we are learning how God’s greatest desire is for us to be in community with Him and with each other.
Currently Dan is leading a total of three groups of EMI staff and interns with a fourth starting next month. EMI recognizes that growing and sustaining the spiritual and emotional health of its staff are paramount to the success of their mission and vision.
Linda R. Binder October 22, 1942 - December 29, 2019
After an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease, my (Kim's) mom passed away on December 29th. The funeral service was quite an overwhelming experience for me as, first, I recognized the assurance we have in Jesus, and, second, I realized what a special woman I had for a mother. Time after time, through those who came to honor her, I was reminded of my mom's open arms, welcoming nature, and loving way.
Recently, in our Journey group, we've been reflecting on Jesus' "particularizing" way - the way He saw each person as an individual, treated everyone as special, made every soul feel known. This extraordinary attribute of Jesus was embodied in the life of my mom. With the amazing ability of making everyone feel special and creating space in her life and her heart for each person, my mom loved people well.
Working Together for Sustainable Ministry
In January, Greater Europe Mission (GEM), the organization where Kim works, hosted a retreat for their global workers that are on home assignment (furlough). These workers, needing a time for renewal and rest, require a safe space to debrief and share their experiences, struggles, and stresses. GEM invited me to join Kim as a debriefing team because of our own experiences and desire to help others heal and be healthy in their ministry. I enjoyed ministering alongside Kim and also learning from another Christian organization in our area.
A Note from Kim
I have been working at Greater Europe Mission (GEM) for six months now as an assistant to the International Vice President and the Personnel Director. GEM's mission is to reach Europe by multiplying disciples and growing Christ's church with a vision to expand His Kingdom through all peoples of Europe to the world. It has been a great fit to be part of this organization, especially as I am involved in our candidate orientations, discerning alongside our candidates as they seek God's calling to go to Europe. At our March orientation we appointed 9 new candidates and our first missionary service dog!
Nathan is working at Chick-fil-A and finishing up his senior year. He is planning to study business with his college choice to be determined soon!
Maya is learning to drive, babysitting, and enjoying her workouts and swims with her new YMCA membership.
Haley finished her season playing basketball for the 8th grade girls' team, healed from an end of the season concussion, and is now looking forward to her 8th grade dinner dance.