Erik is becoming an African Missionary!

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  1. Pastor Chris

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    Most of you know Jake, my 9 year old (soon to be 10 at Gosstoberfest!) as he is a part of most of my outings and trips, and an able woodsman himself.

    I have an older son, Erik, who is now 20 years old and lives in California where is a personal trainer.

    Some of you know Erik because I ran a few auctions for him, and some other generous members pitched in too, as. he went to work at and orphanage in Zimbabwe this past winter.

    That trip had a profound effect on him and his life plans.

    His lease is up in November, and he plans on returning to the same village in Zimbabwe, where they are beginning to build a school.

    He will be spending 6 months working there as a missionary, and if I know him, it might end up being much more.

    So I am asking for prayers for his journey. He had many plans heading out to start his on life in CA, and many of them have changed dramatically, and he has seen God's hand at work each and every step of the way.

    If you would like to contribute to his trip, any amount helps, no matter how small.

    I am looking for some items that I might auction for his benefit, so keep an eye out for those.

    You can read a bit more about his story on his GoFundMe site here: https://www.gofundme.com/4aprpzs

    Thanks and always everyone.

    Grace and Peace

    Rev Chris Scrivens
     
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    Prayers have been offered on Erik's behalf.
     
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    My pleasure to help support this fine young man and his worthwhile endeavors.
     
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    Prayers sent and may God bless him.
     
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    Hark! the voice of Jesus Crying:
    Let none hear you idly saying, "There is nothing I can do."
    While the souls of men are dying And The Master calls for you.
    Take the task he gives you gladly,
    Let His work your pleasure be
    Answer quickly when He calleth, "Here am I, send me, send me!"
    Heavenly Father, we pray for your guidance, strength, and protection for Erik in his mission work. We pray that the Holy Spirit work through him and that those he serves, come to know you as their Savior. Amen
     
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    Prayers sent.

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    May God bless his mission and keep him and his charges safe.
     
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    Prayers lifted for Erik.
     
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    Prayers sent, you're doing a great job raising those boys Chris.
     
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    Thanks Joe, that means a lot to me, as do all of the other beautiful prayers coming in.
     
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    I will pray for him, and for good luck in his endeavors.

    I still have not used the sweet custom @MichaelBear Otzi I won in one of the auctions for him last year !
    Safe Queen !
     
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    blessings on Erik and dad

    [edit for proper name spelling correction]
     
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    Wonderful news. Prayers for safe travels!
     
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    Prayer is sent out for safety and good health Prov 27:17
     
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    Smoke sent for your son as well a Zimbabwe. They're having a tough time.
     
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    May Jesus Christ direct his path and work in his life and provide.

    I know two missionaries trying to raise financial support to reach the mission field. One going to Argentina and the other to a restricted access nation.
     
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    That's what calling is all about.
    Prayers for Erik and you all for his prosperity and safety.
     
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    That's awesome Chris, prayers on the way brother.
     
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    May He continue to let Christ show him his path. Prayers for Erik and your family for discernment and wisdom as you help him on this journey.
     
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    Prayers offered for Erik. Missionary service is a life changing experience for the one serving and those served. May God bless his efforts.
     
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    Congratulations on a child well raised.
    Prayers sent for strength, courage, faith, and compassion on his journeys.
     
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    Great news.......may God bless and protect Erik on his travels.
     
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    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."

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    beautiful news.....if you have an auction, I would like to donate one of my framed quilled butterfly pieces....I will keep Erik in my prayers daily..

    Bob
     
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    My Prayers inbound for Erik .
     
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    Thanks Bob! I was thinking of auctioning one of my framed victorian era Atlantic Salmon flies, the butterfly would go well with that! I'll be in contact soon!
     
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    Father, please protect, guide & continue to use the servant's hearts, that you have placed in Erik and his Family. May many hear the gospel and believe. Amen
     
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    I wish him all the best, and will be praying for him!
     
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    Prayers lifted for Eric....
     
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    Thanks for all of the prayers folks, keep 'em coming!
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Prayers sent for Erik.
     
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    Just an update!

    Dateline Mother's Day 2018: We heard from Erik today as he drove around Whunga trying to find a signal to call his mom for Mother's Day.

    He is one moth from returning from his 6 month trip to Zimbabwe. Things have been up and down and lots of learning/adjusting to the way things are done in Africa, which is different from here in the States. He is enjoying working with the kids especially, studying for their school advancement exams, teaching them how to throw a shot-put and do other track and field events, learning himself and then teaching them how to work with a coal forge, singing lots of songs and playing lots of games.

    Much of the time he has been the only European in the village.

    He has also had a change to do some bow hunting African style, something he has never done here but wants to take up when he returns.

    Another bit of new is that Houses of Hope, the missions group he represents there, has asked him to lead another trip there in January of 2019. 2 weeks with time at the orphanage, a day trip to Victoria Falls, and three days in Kruger in SA.

    Thanks to all of you who have supported him with prayers, auctions, and financial support. It has been a significantly transformational time for a young man who decided that his immediate path did not go through college.
     
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    So neat to get an update on Erik's life adventures! You have taught him well, and no doubt bathed him in prayer. I join you in prayer that Erik would find clarity and passion to take the next step in his journey!

    :40::40:
     
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    That made me cry a little Dawn. OK more than a little. Thanks for that sister.
     
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    To God's glory friend...
     
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    Thank you for the update. Missionary work is usually thankless down here but it has great value in Heaven.
     
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    Thanks @Pastor Chris for the update. In addition to you, his heavenly Father must be pleased. Hope the next month passes quickly for you.
     
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    What a wonderful update, @Pastor Chris! One of my great grandmothers, who I am told I take after, was an African missionary. I was relaying the story to my daughter on Mother's Day, and it reminded me of Erik. I sent out a little prayer that he was well. I was going to ask how he was doing and then I saw this. Wonderful news! You've raised a good man and should be very proud!
     
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    Thank You for the update.....prayers for Erik continue....
     
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    amen. prayers up for Erik and those he will serve...
     
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    It is such a wonderful thing when young people answer the Lord's call. I pray that Erik will find what the Lord has planned for him and he willingly follows that path. May the Lord's blessing be on him and his family as well.
     
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    He is glorifying His Name through erik ...
     
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    Thoughts and prayers. I remember as long as 40 years ago meeting missionaries from Zimbabwe. It's amazing that with everything that's going on in the world that there are still young people that are so unselfish to make a commitment like that. Almost gives me hope.
     
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    Erik is home! Full of stories and a very tired body. He is heading back in January and leading a trip this time!

    We had a wonderfully smooth pickup at EWR, Newark International Airport, and then a fantastic dinner at Taste of Portugal, recommended by @bobc , with a few of his friends.

    Thanks to all for your help, support, and prayers during this transformational time.

    [​IMG]IMG_0064 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
     
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    Awesome why to go. Well keep praying. Prov 27:17
     
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