“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
~ James 1:17 ~
This month has been a slow month in regard to traveling, but we have been keeping very busy. We have been so encouraged to see the Lord answering specific prayers and providing for our needs. While we haven’t traveled, we are thankful for how God has been working. We know that He delights to give His children good gifts, and we praise Him for those blessings!
The biggest gift is that of our son, Simon Josiah Mayfield. He was born 3 days early, on September 16th. The Lord allowed for a smooth and safe delivery; Simon and Lisa are both doing well. Please be in prayer for Lisa as she continues to recover, as well as for us, as we adjust to being parents. We pray that the Lord would help us to raise Simon in the nurture and admonition of Him, and that God would draw Simon to Himself at an early age. We ask that you join us in this prayer as well. We know that so many of you have already invested so much prayer into this new little life, and we are truly thankful for that.
Another gift that the Lord has given us is a new supporting church! Last month, we asked you to pray for Grace Community Church as they voted on supporting us. We are so thankful and happy to share that the vote passed! With the addition of this church, that brings our support level to 37%. We are excited about this new partnership and the blessing that this church has already been to us! We also had an individual express interest in supporting us. We are so thankful for those who are willing to personally invest in our ministry.
While adjusting to a newborn has kept us busy, we have also been working on projects for our mission board. We have some mandatory child-protection training that needs to be completed by December. This requires watching several hours of videos, followed by a final assessment. It would be difficult to do something so time-consuming on the road, so we are thankful for the opportunity to complete this training. Also, in January, we will be attending a week of training on evangelism and culture. In order to prepare for this, we have 4 books that we are required to read.
We recently finished a book that puts the world in two different cultural categories: Warm Cultures and Cold Cultures. Warm cultures are more event and relationship-oriented. This means that their focus is more on the people around them and the event that is taking place. Cold cultures are very time-conscious and task-oriented. This means that their focus is more on tasks and deadlines. There are positives and negatives to both cultures, and it was so interesting to learn about these different cultural aspects. The reason for reading this book is to assist us in determining culture. We tested this out on ourselves by asking a series of questions in order to see where our cultural tendencies lie. Jeff, having grown up in Ecuador, possesses more warm culture tendencies, while Lisa possesses more elements of a cold culture. However, we both exhibit characteristics that are found in both culture types. According to the book, this will help us in adapting to either culture. We are thankful for tools that help to prepare us for the field!
We will begin traveling in a few weeks. We have meetings in New England for the end of October and half of November. Please pray for these meetings! We are looking forward to being involved with these different churches, and we desire to be a blessing and encouragement to them when we visit. Thank you, as always, for your faithful prayers for us. We could not do what we do without the prayers of God’s people!
Praise and Prayer:
1. Praise: Safe and healthy delivery of Simon
2. Praise: Partnership with Grace Community Church
3. Pray: Potential individual supporter
4. Pray: Meetings in New England