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March ’14 Prayer Letter (by Chris Waye)

Pastors & Praying Friends,

The day we have been working towards and praying for has finally come…we are on the field!  On the brink of a snow/ice storm in Atlanta, we made the decision to pack what was left into our bags and leave two days earlier than scheduled.  I am so proud of my wife for handling the sudden change of plans and being able to be ready to move our entire family to another country in less than 6 hours.  We had to rush around saying our goodbyes, cramming what was left into the 26 bags we were taking with us, and changing airline tickets in hopes to get to London before we were stranded.  On the morning of February 12, we landed in London and were greeted by the Snode family.  They were an incredible help to us in the entire moving process and made our transition here much smoother than it could have been.

Fast forward to three weeks later, and we now have a home, furniture, appliances and a car to drive.  It will definitely take a bit of time to get used to urban life in one of the worlds most diverse cities, but we are having a blast and taking it all in.  Driving here (especially learning to drive on the other side of the road) has it’s challenges to be sure.  The incredible expense of everything from ordinary groceries and petrol (gas) to car insurance and housing is really overwhelming, but such is life here. The thing you simply can’t get away from here is the incredible amount of people that are everywhere you turn.  You will see people of all walks of life, different cultures, languages and belief systems.  The flow of people in and out of this city seems to never end, and with it brings evidence of the great need of the Gospel to be proclaimed here.

Last week, Travis and I were given 25,000 copies of John and Romans. We just had to make a ten hour road-trip to get them.  They are now all stored in my shed and we look forward to getting them out into the community here soon.  We are now just in the very beginning stages of looking for places to meet as we seek to get a church started.  Please pray with us that God will give us wisdom and patience in this early stage of ministry.

Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of our supporters and those that have been praying with and for us.  Now that we have arrived on the field, please know that we need you even more now.  The “easy” part of missionary life (deputation) is over and now the real work begins.  Please pray for God to do a great work in this city.  I read just this morning in John 15 when Jesus says “without me, ye can do nothing”.  What a great reminder that our work here is simply not humanly possible, but only as God begins to do a work in the hearts and lives of those we are trying to reach.

God bless!

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