Brian walked into I-TEC excited and hopeful for how God was going to use him in this next season of service. Although we are home for our boys we hoped God wasn't finished with us serving in missions! We've been watching the ministry of I-TEC for years and we would sometimes dream of the day God might call us to Pennsylvania to work with this ministry. Living in PNG with a vibrant and full ministry we knew we needed to serve right where we were at so we would smile and say well maybe someday! It seems we have started our someday and look forward to serving with I-TEC as they serve global missions. It's exciting to be able to make a difference for eternity in a Mission based out of our home area. We know joining up with I-TEC has been a God thing, only God could have orchestrated something this good!
Walking into I-TEC I watched as Brian shook Dale's hand in a hearty Pennsylvania handshake. It was such a special moment and became a moment in time I will never forget. Here was Dale an 81 year old master welder. He has been a volunteer with I-TEC for over 18 years, no one can quite come up with the exact date he joined to help bless Missionaries around the world. If you have time, check out I-TEC, they are doing amazing work all over the globe to help bring power to missionaries who are reaching people for Jesus!.
As Dale shook Brian's hand he exclaimed "YOU KNOW... I have been praying for you for quite some time" Brian looked at him in awe and replied "well, why is that Dale?"
Dale replied "I can't do this forever you know, I've been praying for God to send my replacement and He sent me you!" Dale went on to say "I can't wait to work together and you can teach me everything you know!" In shock Brian replied "Me teach you? Dale we need to get going soon as I want to learn everything you know!" Brian is so thankful to be able to work with Dale. To learn from a veteran welder and to benefit from Dales deep faith! Dale is such an amazing example of wisdom and humility as this man has volunteered at I-TEC during his entire retirement and longer welding for God's work and for God's glory!
I followed Dale and Brian around as Dale explained the shop to Brian and told each tale behind the many pieces of equipment donated to make a difference in worldwide missions. It was humbling to see God had called us to walk in the well worn path of faithful men. We want to be found faithful! It was also humbling to see God's hand on our lives as He brought us right where we need to be! We are excited that God chose our family to answer Dales prayers and we pray we will continue to bring God Glory with everything God allows our family to be part of! It's a joy to see God take men who have a skill and put it to work for the great commission! We are all part of the body, working together to bring Jesus to the lost. He uses all of us if we are willing!
We are able to serve full time because we have a team of people that love what we do! If you think you would like to give and be part of our ministry we would love for you to partner with us! Go to this link at FIA if you want to give a gift to help us out! All the work for Jesus we are able to do is because others help support our ministry financially.
Every day God gives us is a gift! We praise God for using us and we praise God we are saved by His grace! Ephesians 2:8-9 says it so well!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.