May 2016 - Another Milestone!
May was an exciting month in our journey to Knysna, South Africa. We spent about half the month on the road, traveling in Central Florida and in the Carolinas. The remainder of the time we were able to be at home, holding local meetings and celebrating Levi’s 4th birthday early in the month. We were so grateful to spend a few days with family around that time and also for the Memorial Day weekend. Adding another 2,600 miles in May, we have now driven over 19,900 miles since our full-time deputation began in November! We praise the Lord for His continual watch over our family, and for keeping our old Jeep running strong!
It has been amazing to watch how the Lord has blessed our support-raising efforts this month, easily surpassing our own (very limited) expectations. Our monthly support commitments have how risen to 50%! Wow! We are so excited to reach this milestone and so grateful to the many new supporters that God has raised up to partner with our family for the sake of the gospel in Knysna. It is truly humbling to see how the Lord is constantly making connections for us, working in individual hearts and minds even before we share our calling, and allowing us to build relationships and friendships across the country.
As we think about reaching half-way mark, we feel like we can suddenly see the light at the end of the tunnel. But there is still much to go, many more partners that we know God will raise up in His time. It is encouraging to think, however, that He’s brought us to the point that if only half of this email list committed each month to giving an average family visit to McDonald’s ($25), we would suddenly be at 100%. Please be in prayer about those that we will be visiting in the near future, that the Lord would be at work and raise up new partners.
We look forward to another busy month in June. We will be holding meetings here at home in Tallahassee and other parts of Florida. We are excited and privileged to be volunteering for Vacation Bible School at our home church this month. Please pray for us and the other volunteers as we share the good news of Jesus with hundreds of children! Later in June we will be spending an intensive week of training in the Dallas area. We are thrilled with all the opportunities that June will bring and cannot wait to see what God will do! And since “He who calls [us] is faithful, He will surely do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).
As always, if you want to learn more details about the work the Lord has called us to, be sure to check out our website (www.mellos4knysna.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mellos4knysna). Or just give us a call! We love and appreciate all of you who diligently pray for our family and give sacrificially for the spread of the gospel in South Africa!