Dear family and friends. We greet you all in Jesus name. We pray that you are doing well. By now many of you have been reading our news and blog updates. Many of you have also been praying for us that we might see the vision that God has given us become real. Our hearts have never given up the longing to see these backpackers come to know Jesus as their savior. We thank you for your prayers, your prayers that have kept the desire alive.
How can we tell you of the love in our hearts to see this vision come to pass? The Father is calling his lost children but how will they hear without a preacher? Someone must go to them, meet them, and find them in the trails and highways where they are lost and hopeless. Out there they are to be found, in their blindness, not knowing the compassion the Father has for them. They do not know that the Father longs to run to them while they are still a long way off and throw His arms around them.
We long to see them welcomed by the Father into the wedding feast, but they must be found in the highways and byways, they must be told they are invited so they may wear those wedding garments and be a part of the wedding feast. We long to be those going out into those highways and finding the lost wanderers. This is our vision, this is our heart.
How can you be a part of this? Prayer is the biggest part anyone can play in sending a missionary. Those who are sent by God cannot go without the faithful prayers of the warriors God calls to pray. Prayer is turning the heavens to see the hand of God move in miraculous ways to bring about change in our world.
The other way is by giving. Many times Paul encouraged the churches for their faithful giving to him in his travels. He acknowledged their giving as more than just money but as faithful gifts of sacrifice that was also building, for themselves, treasures in heaven. A missionary on the field is devoting his life to the calling that God has called him to. Sometimes this is to start up a business in which to draw the lost and seeking to God. Other times it is to travel the roads and paths to bring the gospel to those who are wandering. For centuries sent ones have struggled on the fields where God has sent them in ways few can comprehend. It is not an easy life. But the Father looks after those he calls.
In this spirit we want to share with you what our needs as a family will be for the first few years of our time in the land God has called us to. We understand that times are difficult right now but all we are asking you to do is to pray and then follow the leading of your Father. If this vision is on His heart then please let it be on yours.
Here is what we are looking at. A year in Scotland would be running our family somewhere around 42,000 dollars. Broken down this comes to 3,500 a month. This would cover our expenses from school fees for our boys, living expenses such as food and household items, teaching and discipleship supplies, bus and or train fares, bibles to give away to those who want one, shoes and clothes, etc. Basically this will cover everything we can foresee as being an expense for our family.
This however does not include the cost of tickets to fly there, shipping costs to move there, and visa and passport costs to live there. Many of these costs will be covered by what we can save up over the next few months with your support, however we may need extra on top as the cost of flying has certainly not decreased since we were last overseas. To let you all know we are hoping to move next year in July. Visas take three months to process so we would need to be at or above our support level no later than March. This time frame would give us the time we need to process passport renewals and visas.
Thank you for taking the time to pray for us and this vision. We would love for you to be a part of this mission. If you feel like you want to partner with us we will be having our support processed through Assisting Christians International, or ACI. For those of you who may have received our prayer cards a few years back the info is on the back of those cards. But if not or if you would like more information on how to send support you can feel free to write us and ask us any questions you may have. Thank you again and may God lead you and bless you.
Sincerely, Nate , Lia , William , Josue , and Gabriel Bierly