Happy New Year!
I’m not sure I have the words to express the excitement I am feeling as we enter 2016! All I can think about is the fact that this is the year we leave for the field!!
Last month, we watched as God supplied SIX new partnering churches! We presented and preached in our 300th church, and watched God do great things! The last Sunday morning service of 2015, I closed out the message, began the invitation and witnessed a young man and a first time visitor make his way down to the alter and trust Christ as Savior! I’m so thankful that God still draws men unto Himself, and that the preaching of His Word still works!
We also ended 2015 by attending the 12th annual Our Generation Summit! This was my family’s 6th Summit, and we are always stirred to do more for the cause of Christ! God greatly blessed as many young people dedicated their lives to serve our King, and to go anywhere He would lead. I hope that you will pray with us for the decisions that were made!
Going into 2016, we have reached 75% of our needed support to leave for the field! Our original plan was to leave in March, however, with baby #3 on the way, and with the complications Ashlee faced with Eli, through counsel and advice, we decided to stay until July and have the baby stateside. Please pray with us as we diligently work for the remainder of our 7 months here in the U.S.
This month, we will also be starting the process of obtaining our visas! This is just one more milestone that we have reached in our deputation process. We have also had several monetary gifts given and designated for our set up fund! I can’t begin to describe the excitement of our family during this time! We are simply grateful for God’s provision and the generosity of His people!
If you would like to help with any set up fund needs, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may designate any gifts to:
Vision Baptist Missions
Attn: Stephen Underwood Set Up Fund
P.O. Box 442
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Thank you again for your continued love, support, and prayers for my family!
Your Missionaries to South Africa,
Stephen, Ashlee, Peyton, Eli, and Baby
The Underwood Family