Monthly Mission Spotlight

Monthly Mission Spotlight

FEBRUARY MISSION FOCUS - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

Dear Friends at First Presbyterian,

Tim and I are so grateful for your continued partnership with us in reaching the nations at our doorstep. THANK YOU!

This past fall, we had record numbers of students joining our Friday Night Connection from literally all over the world. We have outgrown our home at this point, since we could realistically only have about 45 people meeting in our home on Friday Nights, and we often have over 50 people including helpers who are at the Bible Discussions. The Lord provided an RCA congregation’s fellowship hall (big enough to hold about 120 people) for our regular use, which we had previously been using for our big parties (averaging about 70-80 people). About 75 students have been in regular contact with us and our partners, involved in Bible Discussions, and taking leadership. Tim and I have been training student leaders for 18 months now to facilitate discussions, and they are doing a super job.

An additional 140 students are more “on the fringes,” meaning we are able to touch them occasionally. Our experience shows that when we love them well, many of them transition into “regulars.” What an opportunity!

Thanks to your generosity, these students are encountering Jesus. We also were able to attend our national conference in Singapore last June, stopping to see supporters in the Netherlands from our former church partners there, and then stopping in Taiwan to see beloved former students.

After 11 years of sharing our home with nearly 100 homestay students, we needed to pull back in order to make space for Tim to have major open-heart surgery to correct his congenital bicuspid valve. Four weeks post-surgery and still on medical leave, he was already helping where he could. Thanks to those who prayed! We also realized that having a four-story 1902 home with just the two of us and no Friday Nights is more than we need and more than we have time and energy to maintain. Lord willing, we will be selling our home and downsizing to Delaware, continuing to commute to Philadelphia to meet up with students and do ministry. We’re very excited to be hosting a regional conference here in Philly to build up workers for international student ministry. We continue to pray for a younger couple to join us and be mentored in leadership for the future of the Philadelphia ministry. We are excited that Tim’s surgery means renewed energy until the Lord says stop! It doesn’t look like He plans to say that anytime soon.

We look forward to worshipping with you when we are able. We are still in a very busy season, so that will need to wait a bit.

With grateful hearts,

Tim and Lyn Newbrander