Sunday, January 24, 2010

Time is marching on.

So... what have the Fogg's been up to lately?

Well since Christmas we have been busy preparing for our upcoming Training and Development in Colorado Springs. This has involved fundraising, hosting dessert nights, calling people, writing notes, putting together a power point presentation and photo book and in general, lots of talking about Ecuador. :)

We leave for Colorado this Wednesday and will return next week Friday. We were told that we will be occupied from 8 am until 8 pm most days. Pray for endurance and health for us as you think about it. Our children will be staying here in Michigan with friends and relatives so they can continue with their schooling.

Eric continues to work on the restoration of a boat for income and meets with people on a regular basis for fundraising. He is also diligently trying to sell our industrial building and continuing to study Spanish via Rosetta Stone.

I just completed my last seminar for this 3 year period in order to renew my OTR licensure and am involved in 2 nighttime Bible classes in order to complete my Bible credits needed for HCJB. I have also been scrubbing the house to within an inch of its life in preparation for our second open house which took place this past Saturday. Only 1 person came through - however it only takes one to buy it! I am also volunteering at each of my kids schools 1-2 times per week and going through boxes of accumulated items in order to sell them/store them/give them away.

Just today Eric and the kids attended a Spanish church here in town and we hope to continue this each Sunday after our "own" service at Central Wesleyan. We are trying to "immerse" ourselves in the Spanish population and language as much as we can prior to leaving. We have so much to learn!

As for fundraising- the Lord continues to bless us with gifts of all sorts and amounts. It is very humbling. Currently we are at about 20% of our needed monthly funding. Every week we are blessed with 2-3 more partners in this journey. Our good friend and IT expert has also made it easier for donations by adding a link to HCJB on our blog page. This will allow online giving and save the paper and stamp.

We are continuing to trust that the Lord has our departure date in the palm of his hands and are trying to "stay in the moment" versus rushing ahead. Life can be short as we were reminded this week. A missionary couple we met in Ecuador lost their 2 year old grandson this past week when he fell in to a tank of water and drowned. We met their grandson briefly when we were in Shell.
Pray for the LeBoefs as you think on them also.

Blessings to you and your family!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Waiting, hoping and trusting

I'm not sure anything grips me more or yanks at my heartstrings more than to see men, woman and children suffering - as they are in Haiti. My initial response is - let's go! I'm not an RN or MD but I can comfort and hold and distribute food and help with clean water sources - anything to feel like I'm doing something to help. However, Haiti is not the path that the Lord has us on and therein lies the waiting and hoping and trusting.

Perhaps I am to use this time to re-acquaint myself with suffering in impoverished countries. It has been 9 months since we returned from Ecuador and as time passes it becomes easier to fall back into the "norm" of an American lifestyle. Haiti for me personifies poverty, sickness (both spiritual and physical) and death. Haiti brings back the feelings of helplessness when seeing the magnitude of the poverty problem - the feeling of being one "nut" in a peanut factory. Yes- I used "nut" on purpose! The Lord has used Haiti to renew in me a passion for the hurting, suffering people of Ecuador. Hurting, suffering people are everywhere but for now Ecuador is our calling. We will continue our journey.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Good evening family and friends,

I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful response we have received from our newsletter.

We have received many questions from the newsletter and we would like to clarify some of the more common questions that have arisen.

Here we go:

1) When we commit to a monthly gift, when should we start sending it to HCJB Global?

First, I would like to thank all of you who have felt the Lord leading you in this direction. HCJB Global requires that we have 100% of our funds raised prior to our departure. This does not mean that we have to have all of the "cash" prior to leaving but it does mean that we have to have a certain amount of reserve and monthly commitments for the rest of our time. It is most helpful to have the monthly commitments start as soon as you commit. This allows a reserve to build for initial expenses of attending to language school and the initial setting up of our house in Ecuador. It also allows HCJB Global to keep track of the amount we yet need to raise in order to complete our time in Ecuador. The goal is to be able to stay in Ecuador for our 3 year contract and not have to leave the field due to lack of funds. All money received prior to our departure is kept in our account until 100% of the funds are committed and we leave for training and language school. No monies will be used for non-mission purposes before we leave.

2) If enough money is not raised what will you do?

God has directed us to go into his mission field. If we do not raise enough money to leave by July 2010 then we will continue to raise money until we can go. This is not a matter of "if we raise enough money then we will go". We are trusting that God will compete the work that he has started in us.

3) When will you leave?

This depends on several things (the sale of our building and home and raising 100% of our funds). It is our desire to leave in July of 2010 for several reasons. We are required to attend a missionary training school in Colorado for 6 weeks prior to attending language school. A session begins mid-July and goes through August. Language school in Costa Rica begins in September. If we were to leave in July we could attend training school and fly directly to Costa Rica and from there to Ecuador. If there is a delay then we would need to attend training school and return to Michigan for a few months, raise funds and then head to Language school. Leaving in July would also allow our kids to complete their schooling year in MI and begin a new schooling year in Costa Rica versus taking them out mid way through the schooling year.

4) How long are you going for?

We have committed to a three year contract with HCJB Global. After three years HCJB Global will evaluate us and we them in order to determine our next step. We have been told to "go" so we will wait for Gods continued directions and follow them when His plan for us changes.

5) Can we have our monthly commitment taken out by automatic withdrawal?

Yes, HCJB Global offers this option on their response card. It can be done on credit card, debit card or through your bank account. Please let us know if you need a response card.

We hope this helps to answer some of your questions. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions. We would love to tell you about Ecuador and how God is working in our lives. We welcome your partnership with us on this journey and we can't wait to have you come down and visit us on the edge of the Amazon!

God Bless you all,

Fogg's

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

bagels and blessings

Our God is so good and faithful - why do we doubt that sometimes?

So as the economy worsens we are having to fully rely on Him to meet our needs and He has - more than we deserve. The other day while talking with a friend about food budgets - she mentioned that a friend of hers picks up unsold bagels a few times a week at a local bagel company and then distributes them. She asked if we were interested in doing a pick-up occasionally. Of course we were and 3 days later my friend called to tell us she had a couple of bags of bagels for us. What she failed to say was that each bag was a 35 gallon trash bag! What fun to repackage the bagels and distribute them to 6 other families while being blessed ourselves with a couple of months worth. Yummy! :)

We have also been blessed with the addition of 6 families who have partnered with us financially on a monthly basis in our calling to Ecuador. This means we are approximately 11% funded. We so appreciate every dollar and will honor it to the best of our ability. A commitment of $5.00 or $10.00 per month makes a big difference. We are excited to meet our next partners. Someday we hope to introduce our partners to the Indians of the Amazon who were impacted with the love of Christ through their giving.

Eric was also blessed with a raise at his work and our family has been healthy for the most part. We are blessed to sit under Biblical teaching at our church, to have friends to check up on us and pray for us and a roof over our heads during this cold, snowy weather.

The other day while listening to a Christian radio station they were discussing prayer. The gentleman on the radio said he prayed, "Big, Hairy, Audacious prayers". I like that thought. It is up to God to move - but I want Him to know that I am praying big, hairy, audacious prayers so that He can show up in big, hairy, audacious ways! Encouraging you to do the same!

Blessings,

Renee
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