Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Our worlds have/are/will changed/changing/change… (pick your tense:)
MY JOB: I am officially done at Northlake Community Church. I will be on paid vacation until June 30 and then will begin to live and work as a missionary. I want to thank those at Northlake for the encouragement and support that they have given us to enable us to take this step of faith.
OUR HOUSE: We have signed a two year lease with a family who is moving to Bellingham to accept a tenure-track position as an English professor at WWU. They are a neat family, and are excited about living in Bellingham.
OUR LEAVING DATE: We will be leaving for Zambia on September 2, 2007 at 6:40pm on British Airways. We will fly through London enroute to Lusaka, Zambia.
OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We are so encouraged by the response to our needs and have reached 100% of pledged support for both our outgoing and monthly support needs. If you have desired to give towards our trip to Africa and haven’t yet, and still feel led to, please know that anything we do receive that is above and beyond our monthly salary will go towards pastor’s conferences in Lusaka, orphanages, HIV/AIDS and other needy and worthy causes. We are excited to put God’s money to good use!
OUR SUMMER: So the question we get now is, “What are you going to do all summer?” There is a lot to do! Stephanie and I will be tag-teaming in our attempt to get everything done. Stephanie, the master-detail Jedi will be buying, packing, storing, calculating and organizing. (I love my wife, let me count the ways). I, the not so detailed one, will be reading a bunch about Africa, Church and Elders, and studying for a few speaking opportunities this summer, including a wedding of former students, Aaron and Megan. I will be transferring computer programs and software to our new laptop, learning a bunch of new, needed programs, calling and meeting with supporters and doing a bunch of other details necessary for our trip.
OPEN HOUSE(S): As of now, we have four open houses (aka celebrate and eat with us and other friends) scheduled this summer. Hopefully one of these times will work for you.
In the Bellevue area:
· Sunday, July 22 we will be meeting at Joe and Judy Rehfeld’s house from 2-5pm.
· Monday, August 14, we will be at Jayson and Julie Turner’s house in Carnation from 5-8pm.
In the Bellingham area:
· The first is on Sunday evening, July 15 as part of our church evening program called “Sunday Night Alive.” We will be sharing about our trip and have plenty of time afterwards to enjoy some great conversation. No RSVP is necessary.
· The second is at Jamie and Jenny Collin’s house in Ferndale on Saturday, August 18 from 4:00-7:00pm.
All the houses have plenty of room for kids and families, so come one, come all but before you come, please RSVP!!!! Thank you so much for your continued support. Stay updated, encouraged and/or laughing at one or all of our blogs!
Thank you again, and again, and again, and again… With much love,
The Allen Family
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Today is my last day. Closing out emails, reformatting computers and signing up for extended insurance... I officially become a missionary tomorrow! I guess that isn't true. We are all missionaries, but my destination changes. From Bellingham to Zambia...
Kinda weird, exciting and terrifying all in one!
Thanks for checking out the blog and just another reminder that if you sign up on the email thing to the right, you can stayed tuned to all the news!!!
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thanks for all the support!
Only 85 days until we leave!
Monday, June 04, 2007
We are down to 90 days until we leave for Zambia...
In case you haven't heard, we leave September 2, 2007 at 6:40 pm.
Our house is in the process of being finalized and leased for 2 years by a neat professor couple from Seattle.
My last day at Northlake is June 15. (picture is of a HS youth group we had!)
We are 100% on both Support and Outgoing... THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for your prayers!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
- English is one of eight national languages; the native language spoken in
- Although officially a Christian nation, up to half of the population follow Islam, Hinduism, or traditional ethnic religions.
- The primary industries are mining, agriculture, and tourism.
- The average yearly income is $400.
- Life expectancy averages 38 years.
- The unemployment rate
- Up to 650,000 orphans live in
the streets, many due to death and abandonment from AIDS.
- About 32,000 infants are born HIV-positive each year in
- There are 400,000 people in