The Miles are sent out from Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. They serve in the Dominican Republic. The Miles's missionary account number is 4127.
Well it has set in. When you see your photo and names listed on the missions agency website, then you know you are fully committed. Both of our families are now listed on the missionaries list at www.shepsstaff.org, the web home of Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators, our support agency, and they have announced us officially on their page on Facebook. It’s exciting for sure, but it also brings a level of seriousness and accountability. While we expected this, it still feels like we’ve been doused in the face with cold water. Things are now going to be different. Before, it has been lots of prayer and talk. Now, it’s time for action, and the action will need to come not just from our two families as we prepare ourselves for the field. It will also have to be the action of others who wish to walk aside us in prayerful and financial support.
We have deliberately set up enough time before heading out to build up our foundation of support (see our timeline post). It’s important, as our “Respond” team doesn’t just consist of those of us committed to living in the D.R. The true team is the family of Christians who will walk alongside us to hold us accountable, offer encouragement, strengthen our commitment, relay news, pray and intercede on our behalf, share our vision with others, motivate us when or if we begin to face challenges, provide provisions for us to utilize on the field, and visit when we return on furlough. We also want to have enough time to prepare our families for the change that is to come.
The Waters's missionary account number is 4128.
We have committed to sending out an email newsletter at least once a quarter (if not monthly) that will help you keep up with the major happenings related to our plans. Please be sure to sign up for the newsletter by adding your email in the “Join Our Mailing List” box in the upper right hand corner of the blog. We will also use this list to send out specific prayer requests when needed.
We want to encourage you to also consider committing financially. I know this is hard for many. Most of the people I know live, by American standards, very simple lives and don’t have much in their bank accounts each month to offer others. It’s important to us that you maintain your tithing commitment to your home church first who feeds you spiritually week in and week out. That’s a commitment designed by the Lord on purpose. Yet, doesn’t He also call us to do more when we’re able? And able doesn’t mean comfortable. Sometimes…often times…He draws us out of our comfortable lifestyles in order to sacrifice a little in order to assist in the greater work He has designed through His church locally and globally. And your sacrificial “little” adds up when combined by the sum total of many. It has taken me a while to realize that this is designed by the Lord. After all, the money in our bank accounts, although earned by us through hard work, is still not truly our own. Really it is the Lord’s money that we are just simply borrowing. And it will take His money to help His Church do His work.
Your financial commitments will contribute not just to our simple living arrangements, but they will also contribute to the hands-on support of your Christian Dominican and Haitian brothers and sisters. We don’t plan on passing out pesos to them, but we plan on using the money to build up avenues to strengthen the indigenous churches so their pastors can do more to disciple and shepherd the people in their care.
Please pray about it. Maybe just reading this the Lord will plant another ministry in your heart in which you feel called to support. That would make us equally happy as we want you to place your support in the areas where the Lord is directing you. But if that happens to partially be toward our efforts, well God is to get that glory.
Shepherd's Staff will work with you on any method you choose to contribute.
If this is something you feel committed to doing, please again, sign up for our newsletter and then contribute to our family accounts set up through Shepherd’s Staff. You can send in a one time gift, or you can commit to a monthly contribution that can be withdrawn directly from your bank account or credit card or you can always send it in through our sending and home church, Calvary Chapel Chattanooga (but please be sure to not put our names on a check, just put a note in with it). You can learn more about how to give through Shepherd’s Staff by clicking here.
This is an exciting time for our families, but we hope it is also an exciting time for you, as we truly feel that this is not just our mission, but the mission for our Church family as a whole. We look forward to sharing all the amazing stories that the Lord will walk us through in this journey of faith and obedience.