Kathy's Journal 2019

What a thrill for my husband, Andy, and me to meet, in person, some of the people for whom we’d been praying for, literally, for decades! This trip brought forth a lot of tears! I was in awe of the generosity of the Believers. They opened their workplaces and homes, offering to us cold drinks or a meal fit for an army. These were sacrifices of love as most of those we met were extremely poor.

Garbage City became a metaphor of what Jesus has done for me. He took away my filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and lifted me up, cleansed me by His blood and has given me great freedom, joy and purpose.

We have prayed for Pastor Jack for decades and he is exactly like News Service 2000 has said. He is a fireball of passion for the lost, a gifted evangelist, and a compassionate pastor. 

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Barb's Journal 2017

It’s hard to believe... 

that it is nearly three years since our first trip to the Middle East/North Africa. Dave had just joined the New Service 2000 team a few months before and his first trip was February 2017.  I was blessed beyond measure when I learned that the News Service board had decided it would be a good idea for me to travel with Dave that first trip. They thought I should get a first-hand understanding of the ministry my husband was called to. This was wise of the board.  Although I had been devouring the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters in the News Service 2000 newsletters for several years prior to Dave joining the ministry, I found that reading the stories was very different from being there in person. One phrase that kept coming to my mind is that “I didn’t even know what it was that I didn’t know”.  While our kids have all traveled to several different countries, before this trip, the only other country we had traveled to was Canada.  (We are from northern Wisconsin – not much of a culture shock involved in a trip to Canada!) Who knew that once we became empty nesters, the Lord would call us to this international ministry with such different cultures? 

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