Even though I started my terminal leave at the beginning of the month, I officially complete my 5-year enlistment in the U.S. Army on July 29th. Looking back on my time in the military, I can proudly say I achieved what I set out to accomplish, and then some! Here’s a video I made prior to enlisting, explaining my reasons for joining the military:
The big news is finally here: Hannah and I have recently been accepted as Church Planting Missionaries with e3 Partners!
Before I get into the details, however, I want to point out that as Christians, we are all called to be missionaries; whether it’s across the street or around the world. It’s a command of Christ, not a man-made affair. How about some Scripture to back that up?
“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!” – Psalm 96:3
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” – Mark 16:15
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” – 1 Peter 3:15
If you’ve paid close attention to our last couple of posts, you may have picked up on the hints that something new and unexpected (or maybe not so) is on the horizon for the Loys… Let’s just say we have some VERY exciting news to share with you, but we’re not quite ready to let the cat out of the bag just yet! Perhaps after reading this post, you’ll be able to guess what’s in store for us next…
Hannah and I recently traveled to Hawthorne, NJ for a two-day Support Raising Solutions Bootcamp. Every month, this bootcamp is held in a different city around the country. Its sole purpose is to equip believers in Biblical principles and practices in preparation of support-based ministry. Before Hannah and I could attend, however, we were required to complete over 40 hours of Bible study/prep and read two books (one of which I just recently reviewed). As Hannah and I were both working full-time jobs (not to mention Hannah’s new part-time job), and heavily involved with our church, this was a tall task, but ultimately we persevered and were all the better for it.