In 1996 when KJ was 16, she said goodbye to her parents and boarded a plane headed for Hong Kong. This was the first time she had ever been on a plane and the first time to set foot outside of England. She had heard about our Chr-stian brothers and sisters being persecuted for their faith. They were being arrested, tortured and imprisoned. Their only crime was sharing the gospel of JC. She heard the call of G upon her life to help the persecuted Chrch. B-bles were their greatest need and with small groups of covert teams she started to smuggle B-bles into China. She was hooked and has been on the field for 14 years.
Having done mission trips to Guatemala fell in love with missions in 1995. In giving of yourself for others and seeing the g-spel preached, he was hooked, and this has burned in his heart ever since. Always going against the grain, feeling like he never fit in, not belonging, felt at home the moment he stepped off the plane in Hong Kong to join the Donkey’s For J Min in 1996. G had given him a calling for Asia. Since that day his desire has always been to live and do G's work in Asia. In 2000 while working in Hong Kong smuggling B-bles, he met KJ and they became best of friends. In 2010 those desires turned into a reality and he moved to China with his new bride KJ. There is no other place he'd rather be in this world.
Hong Kong is the place we met. Looking across the mountains and seeing village after village, KJ prayed and prayed for help because the task was too great. A friendship forged in G had to wait over 10 years to fully bloom. A marriage with G's fingerprints all over it.
We are not just two people who think m-ssions are cool. We are two people who have been put together to see an great work accomplished. A relationship bonded by G for a great task. Our purpose is to spread the gospel of JC to the most unreached and untouched people, the places where other missionaries cannot or will not go.
The world today has gone a bit crazy. We have had financial problems in many countries due to our current economic issues. Many people have felt the squeeze. We don’t hear of Ch-rches sending m-ssion groups much anymore. We hear of m-ssionaries having to leave the field and return to their homeland because the mission money ceased. Ch-rches have had to cut many budgets in order to keep their doors open. Offerings are not what they used to be.
The m-ssion, the call, the thing that burns in our hearts and that refuses to shut up, it costs. It has cost us everything. We were asked once if taking B-bles into China would get us into trouble. Maybe not most of the time, but it was possible. If they wanted to make an example of the m-ssionaries, it was possible to be arrested, detained, maybe something worse. We would give our very lives for our persecuted brothers and sisters. We would give our lives for those who have never heard the name of J. We often talk about the end times and what could happen. We are serious about the calling. There is no greater sacrifice than giving up your life for JC.
Our crisis. We have moved to Thailand to cut down on expenses, but we are still struggling. We barely cover the cost of living and that is about it. We have very little to nothing for ministry expenses. We have shed many tears in pr-yer and feel that we need to share our hearts with you once again. Can you join in the cost? We are not asking for you to give up your lives. We are asking that you give up your time, stand with us and pr-y for us. We ask that you share with others the need for m-ssions all over the globe and especially for those who have never heard the good news.
We have visas due before the summer and need to return to either the UK or USA for renewal. Without these we are unable to stay in Thailand. Cost for international flights are a large expense. But also to return to Asia with what little we live on now, for us, may not be an option.
Our prayers have been to see G increase for this new year of 2013. Increase and blessing in many areas but especially finances so that we can continue to stay here and answer the call of G upon our lives. We need regular financial support. We need a miracle. We ask you to pr-y and join in that miracle with us.