Dear Friends & Family,
As many of you know, this past year has been a year of transition for our family. At the end of June, we announced to our church that we felt the Lord stirring in our hearts that He had something different for us. In late August, we stepped away from the church, anticipating that God would reveal His plan for us. Today we feel confirmed that God has revealed what that next step is for us. And let us tell you, it is so different than we ever imagined. We recently accepted a call to be missionaries with ABWE North America.
The vision of ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) is to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches, and missions movements among every people. While they have been planting churches and training national leaders around the world, a work in North America has been considered secondary. But that is changing. With the continued increase of immigration, peoples from all over the world are increasingly coming to North America. With the addition of a decreased spiritual pulse, North America is no longer a place that only sends missionaries. It needs them.
We are going to be working with a new church planting initiative called EveryEthne. Our hope is to come alongside of churches to reach all people groups in North America by planting churches and multiplying leaders. Our specific role will be a ministry to pastors and churches in the midwest area of North America, helping assist them as they begin thinking about planting churches that reach the lostness of their community.
Second, would you pray about how you could be involved? Yes, this is a missions opportunity, which means that we need to raise support. Our hope is to sit down with as many of you as possible in the next several months to explain why we are so excited about this ministry. If you are interested in hearing more about this ministry, would you please let us know and we will schedule a time to get together.
Beyond keeping you informed as to what is happening in our life, we have two requests. First, will you pray with us? This ministry opportunity is different from what we have done in the past, and there will be many things we need to learn to be effective in this new role. In addition, please pray for us as we begin telling the story of why we believe God wants us to do this ministry. As you can tell from the schedule in this email, we are going to be traveling a lot in the next several months. Pray for safety and opportunities to engage others with our story.
Lastly, we want you to know that we have included you in this letter because you have had an impact on our life. If you want to continue receiving updates, there is nothing you need to do. If you would like to be removed from this, simply unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. Thank you for partnering with us in life as we seek to make the name of Jesus known. We love you. Have a great day.
For His Glory and Our Good,
Thad & Monique Bergmeier