David and Patti West recently sent their July update:
Thank you for your prayer support this summer!
It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks we will be back in Texas ready to resume our formal language learning. Less than two weeks. Where has the time gone?
Upon arrival in Iowa after the first semester, we were busy with challenging changes. They were not in our plans, but they were in God’s. We were also able to get together with our sons, including our oldest son who just got out of the Marine Corps. Then, it was time to head out.
On our way to Florida for the month of June, we were able to see Patti’s folks at their new assisted living apartment. We are thankful for the way the Lord has provided for them. Mike accompanied us on this trip, and we were grateful for the time spent with him. In Florida, we presented our ministry in two churches that do not as yet support us, and we updated our two supporting churches there. We were also able to help out at our mission office in Fort Lauderdale, and attend the Annual General Meeting of GMSA. During this time our Field Director, Tom Gibbons, was able to discuss our future. We are excited. The desire of the mission is that we get to the Argentina as soon as possible after we graduate from language school provided we have enough support. A lag in that time could cause us to lose some of our language proficiency.
Returning from Florida, we were able to see our daughter and son-in-law, as well as finish taking care of personal items. Five days after returning from Florida, Mike and Steve came along with us to Hawaii. While we are here for deputation and ministry in five churches, and they were here for one week of vacation. Mike and Steve saved for a few months in order to purchase their tickets and fly with us to the “land of their birth.” Having not been here for 12 years, it was a special time for the guys. While here, we are presenting our ministry in five churches. Most of them are churches with whom we have had a relationship, as we lived and ministered on Oahu for 8½ years. We will be returning to the Mainland on August 1st (after an overnight flight).
Please pray with us for the Lord’s provision of new supporters through our summer break ministry. Please also pray for us as we head back down to Texas in early August. As of now, it looks like Mike will probably be going to Texas with us for the rest of the year. Would you also please pray for his adjustment?
Thank you for your faithful prayers. Thank you for your greetings and thoughts. You are truly appreciated.
Paz y Bendiciones,
Dave and Patti West