We are privileged today to be heading to Greece. Our partnership with the IMB affords us the opportunity to participate in this meeting with other like minded families. The Jessup household is very excited about this coming week and the vacation to follow.
We also want to ask you to pray for a team of eight coming from the University of Mobile to minister in Iceland July 21 - 30. They will minister in Reykjavik over two weekends and be in the northern part of Iceland working at a summer camp during the week. We are always excited to have new partners joining us in the work here. We only wish we could be here to welcome them in. However we have opened our home them and are trusting they will feel welcome.
Much has happened in the last month. Again I feel the need to apologize for not writing more. God has been working in some exciting ways. Here are a few stories that I believe will encourage you.
Three years ago Colby and Annie Garman were the first IMB missionaries in Iceland. One day while Annie was at a ladies only gym, she befriended one of the employees there. A lady (name protected) had moved from another country to Iceland after marrying an Icelandic man. This lady wanted to learn English so Annie agreed to teach her if they could use the Bible as their primary textbook. Before the Garmans left Iceland for medical reasons, Annie introduced her new friend to Gudrun who would continue language training and sharing the gospel with her. In early June this year, through a series of hardships in this lady's life, she asked if she could attend a ladies Bible study with Gudrun. Two weeks ago this lady was at our house for Bible study. She asked me what made Christianity different from Mormons, as Mormons are very active in Iceland. This question opened the opportunity to share who Jesus really is. The gospel is resonating in this persons life. We are praying and believing that the work started three years ago with Annie meeting her at the gym will bring fruit for eternity.
Cami had a great answer to prayer. The opportunity came for her to practice football (soccer) with a group of girls her age on Monday and Tuesdays at noon. The first Monday came and she did not want to go over. After a long conversation she shared that it is really difficult and intimidating trying to fit in when you do not know the language. We prayed on the steps of our home that God would send someone to be a friend to her and she agreed to try it the next day. On Tuesday, Cindy stepped outside to get Alli’s stroller ready so they could walk with Cami to practice. Three girls were standing on the sidewalk, looking up at our house. Our next door neighbor then called over from her balcony to ask if our daughter was going to football practice. Cindy said yes. The mom said that one of the girls on the sidewalk was her daughter. She explained that her daughter was very shy but that she wanted to invite Cami to walk over with her and her friends. Needless to say, God knows and responds to the details of our life in a special way.
God's faithfulness is evident and His encouragement is real. We are rejoicing in your partnership with us as we seek to minister in the northernmost capital of the world.