Oh how we long to see you all…
Over the last number of months we have been reminded over and over again of how we have seen God move in great ways.
We are days away from getting on the airplane and heading to Costa Rica! We've been praying and hoping for this trip for almost 2 years now and it's exciting to see the dream turn into reality. Our heart is to be amongst the lost, share the love of Jesus, and hand out Bibles that will leave a lasting impact on individuals and families... all while doing this TOGETHER, as Family! We want our family to have a chance to go and do what God says. We want our children to have a turn to pray and go! But if you think that all of this "just comes together" for us then let me tell you, it doesn't. There is work, things coming against us, and maybe even legitimate reasons why this wouldn't be the best time or trip. (Not to mention that I'm sure this will be at best, unconventional, and at worst, well... chaos!) Yet God says, "Go." So with the help of our family and friends, we are setting out! We have seen some money come in for this trip, but as more details come together, it looks like we still need to see $3265 to cover our total needs. If you're excited that we're going and you, too, believe in the principles that we're seeking to display in our family, then would you consider giving to help cover our costs? There are a few details below of our outreach ahead, but if you have more questions then please ask.
We'll be serving with YWAM in San Jose, Costa Rica for 4 weeks doing various ministries as a family. Then the last 10 days, we will be together with YWAM Internationally to spend time praying, worshipping, and looking at where we are and where we're not in world missions.
Would you like to come and serve with us for a season in Hawaii? As we juggle leading a ministry and homeschooling our children we are more and more aware that a Nanny would be such a blessing to our home. This person could serve in homeschooling as well as get a taste of ministry. The season coming up that would really help us would be Sep 15th to Dec 17th. Let us know if you are interested.
As spring is upon us there is so much hope in the air. Winter is gone and the hope of new life is everywhere. As our teams returned from the nations, they told story after story of new life in Jesus, with such hope. One of our teams entered a new city and were given an orientation on the new city saying that, “The people are hard and may not be receptive at all to the Gospel.” However, their experience was not like that at all! As they went from home to home, to pray for people and give out Bibles, peoples’ hearts and lives were touched. Another student (on still another team) after being rejected a few times while trying to share the Gospel had HOPE that this message is truth that can change lives. He didn’t give up after being rejected but found another group of youth to talk to. This time the young people received what he had to say and each made decisions for Jesus right then! So many times we are stopped by our fears… “What will people think? What will happen? What if?...” May we no longer be slaves to our fears but may we be a people that step out (like our students did) and trust that the Lord is leading us!
Sure, we face our own challenges here (homeschooling our kids with a baby, being away from our family and so many friends, feeling isolated) but God is so faithful. As we disciple our students, we have seen them overcome so much and be such a blessing to the nations. Our team that went to Uganda shared the Gospel with over 1700 people, & 771 people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They also shared the Jesus film with approximately 900 people. God did so much and that was just 1 of our 4 teams we sent out! All praise to God!
In just a few short days we will be boarding a plane bound for Tennessee. This will be our first time travelling as “Passehl Party of 6!” Judah will be 7 weeks old. He’s growing lots and plays the part of a newborn quite well. There are many arms excited to hold our little man and we are blessed with the chance to introduce him to everyone.
This will also be our first time for us to be home in the summer. Our kids have never seen Wisconsin without snow! For us living in Hawaii, and then going to the nations, our children don’t have much of a concept of seasons either. So we are looking forward to introducing our children to summer activities and life where we grew up. Hopefully we’ll make a few fun memories along the way!
We are so excited to share all that God has been up to in Hawaii and the Nations, as we come to Tennessee and Wisconsin! We have seen God do so much so much in the last year and a half since we have been home. Our hearts are full, we are encouraged, and we are also anticipating another great season ahead of us.
We are so excited for this journey home to see such precious and familiar faces once again. We are so grateful for all of our supporters and would love to have time with everyone. Please let us know if you’d like some time with us personally or with your small group! Sure, travelling so much over these next months with little ones will also come with challenges. We would love your prayers for health and a bit of rest along the way. Thanks… we hope to see you soon!
Wow there is so much going on and our hearts are full with excitement for the things that God has allowed us to do over the past months/year. We just finished another Discipleship Training School. If I could say one thing I would say, “As the years increase, so does the fruit.” As we look back on our Discipleship Training Schools 15 and 17 years ago, the teaching has been the same but God continues to do so much! As we sent our students out on outreach at the beginning of this year there was so much anticipation for what God would do and wow, the results were amazing.
Our team that went to Uganda and South Sudan was able to show the Jesus Film about 40 times, saw dozens of people make decisions for Jesus, and many were healed as well. Our team that went to India and Nepal was able to reach out to those affected by the earthquake, minster to so many in such rough conditions, partner with long-term workers who are planting churches and giving out Bibles to those who had NEVER had them. Finally our team that went to Thailand and a neighboring country (cannot share for security reasons) started a Bible distribution plan going door to door giving out Bibles, praying for people and the results were truly awesome! Please take some time to watch a video they made on youtube.com title is: “Northern Thailand SourceView Bible Distribution.” As they went door to door giving out Bibles & praying for people, the reputation of the team began to build. People received the Bibles gladly, they prayed for the sick and so many were healed!
When is rains is pours… It just happens some times that way. For those on the east coast you are really getting blasted with snow and we are really getting blasted in a number of other ways, but it is not all bad.
We have been having a wonderful time with our Discipleship Training School (DTS). We have 23 students from all over the world (Canada, Sweden, England, South Korea, Brazil, and Congo). We had a wonderful time these last few months as our students have been growing in their foundation in the Bible, who God is, and getting prepared to go to the nations on outreach.
For Christmas this year we gathered together as a DTS and went to the far end of the island to celebrate Christmas and finish our preparation for outreach. We had a wonderful time as we cooked all of our own meals, had some time to play, and work on preparation for outreach (testimonies, preaching, singing, dramas, etc).
We will be sending one team to Uganda and South Sudan, another team to South Asia (for security I will not mention country now), and one more team to Thailand and another bordering country. We are very excited as we prepare to share Jesus with so many that have never heard! Again this year we will be leaving one of our team leaders on outreach as he will be staying long-term to establish ministry in a place that has very few missionaries at all.
As we were finishing up our time at the other end of the island, Brooke ended up spraining her ankle. Yuck! It is one thing to sprain your ankle and other thing to sprain your ankle and be pregnant and home school three children. The ankle has been healing up but it is not fully there yet.
Brooke has also had some pain in her mouth on and off for a while and well the pain intensified quite a bit a couple of days ago and yesterday had to endure a root canal. And again a root canal is one thing but to be pregnant and have one is quite a bit worse as she can hardly take any pain medication.
The rest of the storm will take place this weekend. I (Cory) will take off to South Asia and South East Asia on Sunday Morning. I will be going to visit the teams we have sent and ministering with them. The reports that we have gotten from the teams are amazing so far. They have handed out hundreds of Bibles and have seen many people healed as they have prayed for them!
All of this recent “rain” comes at a bit of hit financially. We don’t currently have dental insurance and we have to fund some of Cory’s ministry trip as well. Would you please consider giving towards this? Our total need is approximately $2500. To give please follow the instructions on the partner section of our webpage. THANKS so much for all of your prayers and continuing to walk with us as we journey deeper into the heart of God for all His People!
We had been dreaming, planning, and saving, and the time had finally come. It was time for YWAM to meet together in Townsville, Austraila. For Brooke and I our stories began there over 10 years ago. So many special memories as we had discipled so many there in Townsville and sent them out to the nations. We had not been back since we left to get married, and we were very excited to take the kids and get updates from our friends and a ministry we were so closely apart of.
We had a wonderful time as we went a few weeks early to serve the campus and prepare for the YWAM family to be together. I was able to help serve on the organizing and planning team as we prepared for about 1200 YWAMers to come from all over the world. As we gathered as a YWAM Family, it was such a special time to look back at the 50+ years of YWAM and all that God has done as well as to look to the future. We have a great emphasis on the Bible and getting it into the hands of all World in a translation of their mother tongue…an opportunity for every person to engage with the Word of God! This is a huge task and we as YWAM and many other organizations have been working together towards this for many years and we are getting closer and closer all the time.
Yes, we took our free time and weekends to meet up with our friends that we had not seen in many years. We even took one day for an adventure just like we did when Brooke and I got engaged. We were able to retell the story to our girls and then give some very special news to them. We are having a baby! … We have been hoping to have another baby for quite a while and now that dream is coming true.
It is all happening
Just a few days ago we welcomed a new staff member to our team. We are writing to the students daily helping them get prepared to come and to join us for the next DTS. Some of our staff are already here serving our Apostello School of Frontier Missions! These next few months will be really busy preparing for the DTS but we are excited. If feels like the momentum just keeps building and building and we are seeing more and more breakthrough. Please pray that God draws in the students that he wants for this next DTS (and that they get the visas needed).
Breakfast. Laundry. Get the girls dressed. Hang the laundry out to dry. Creative play/learning. Lunch. Books. Nap. Wash the dishes. Clean. Dinner. Baths. Bed. Repeat.
This is my day. This is generally my week, with a few exceptions and amendments, things generally go about like this. And I’m going to be the first to admit that some days I’m just not feeling it. I’m not feeling like I’m “living the dream.” I don’t even feel much like a missionary. I have a heart for the nations, but some days I only get to the playground! I love discipling and training others, but often I lose sight of that love when it’s the same three lively munchkins that I get to do life with and call my daughters. Somehow it just feels different.
Well, this past week I got to serve in our local church’s Vacation Bible School. And though my days were busy and my feet were tired, ….it was great! We had an average of about 90 kids each night that showed up to have fun, worship, play games, eat snack, and learn more about God. Through the course of 1 week they learned a scripture verse from Isaiah and heard Bible stories all week long about what it meant to Walk in the Way of God.
And I was reminded once again what it means for me to be a missionary. Many years ago as I was just starting out in missions I asked God for my life verse and I was brought to Ephesians 5:1-2.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Honestly I was hoping for something a bit more specific that would set the course for my life and ministry, haha! But more and more God shows me how I am to be an Imitator of Him and Live a life of Love. That is it. It’s about Loving the One in front of me. And this past week, I was grateful for the opportunity to love on some kids from our community. And this next week, well,… I’ll love the one in front of me, whoever that may be!
This week Brooke was asked to teach on the Holy Spirit in our Foundation School here on campus. The Foundation School is a school for the children of those doing other courses on our campus, in simple it is a Discipleship Training School for children. So exciting for her to connect with these students and strengthen them as they are all leaving for outreach in the next couple of days.
Enjoy these pictures of Brooke Teaching...
It is so great to celebrate. Our Baby daughter Hannah just celebrated her 4th Birthday. For us it is a time to look over the last year and ask the Lord about what this next year has in store. It is hard not to have our family here with us but we do gather our friends have some fun and some time to pray. As We were praying for Hannah this year I had a great sense that God was saying that Hannah is one that you can not contain. You can not contain her joy, her music, her love, her worship, she has so much with in her that would be hard to contain and I would not want to try.
Enjoy a few pictures of the party we had for her.
“What if you were the first Christian to go to a place where no Christians had ever been? What if you were to engage in a story that will be bigger than you? What if you were to join a group of young people determined to develop intimacy with God and from that place, be part of something great among the nations!”
This is how we advertised our Discipleship Training School, and this is truly what we saw happen over the last few months. Our students developed great intimacy with the Lord, went to the nations -to people that have never heard of Jesus, and saw a number of them give their lives to Jesus. This is why we do what we do, and this is why we live on this island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. God is up to something great! People are coming from all over the world, falling more in love with the Lord, going to the nations and sharing that love. And one of the greatest parts is that they are then going back there long term. The dreams we’ve had of our students going to the unreached, seeing the great need, sharing the Love of the Lord with the people, and then moving there are happening! The teams we trained & sent out were able to go into remote villages in a number of countries and share Jesus with them, and see them respond to the Gospel for the very first time!
It is a whole new year, so many things to look forward to and to be thankful for as we look back on this last year. This last year we were able to be a part of so much. From April to July Cory helped to oversee 6 different Discipleship Training Schools we had on our campus in Kona, Hawaii. We were able to see teams of young people and families go all over the world. It was, yes, a very busy three months but exciting. From July to October we were a part of training school called “Launch,” the whole idea is launching people to the frontiers, the remotest parts of the earth for the long term. From October to January we focused on our Trailblazer DTS. Training up this next generation, taking them to the remotest parts of the world, seeing them come alive in their faith, and then sharing with those who have never heard about Jesus. Such a joy to do what we do. A dream job, yes, we are working hard but seeing so many young people come alive in their faith and then go to the nations. It’s a great privilege.