Sparks Family Newsletter - Getting Closer!
Sparks Family Update
April 2011
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Praise and Prayer Requests Dawn and Stevie

Praise for our new home and the very generous friends who have invited us to stay in that home. We thank them so much for the help as we transition to Ukraine. 

 

Praise for a new supporting church and some new individual supporters. We are getting closer.

 

Please pray that our message gets to the right people at the churches and individuals this next month. We are sending out many, many letters and talking to lots of people. Pray the spirit will be with us and will bring us new supporters.

 

Praise for the family we are staying with in Round Rock. They have been amazing hosts and their 2 girls and 1 son have been great with Stevie. The help in taking care of him as well as new friends has been a blessing for Dawn as we work on our ministry.  

 

Family, support raising, and ministry can all be very overwhelming at times. Please pray for guidance as we prepare for ministry and for our times together as a family. Please pray that we would all get the rest we need as well.

Pray that God would prepare us to leave extended family as we move and that He would prepare our family to be comfortable with our moving.

   


How to Set Up Support
 
 We get asked at times how you go about supporting our ministry.

 

The first decision is on a means of support. This can be:

1. Financial Support

2. Prayer Support

3. Both 1 & 2

 

The next step would be to notify us or Mission to the World (MTW) that you would like to be a ministry partner.

 

This can be accomplished by

 

1. Emailing us with how you would like to partner and, if the partnership involves financial support, include the amount and frequency. (You can simply reply to this newsletter.)

 

2. You can also print and mail the form at the end of this newsletter to MTW. You then specify the details as outlined on the form.

 

3. If you have one of our prayer cards then detach the bottom part and mail that card to Mission to the World.

 

When you begin financial support you can pay by check, bank draft or credit card.

 

Checks and Automated payments can be mailed to:

 Mission to the World (#10572), P.O. Box 116284, Atlanta, GA 30368-6284 

The #10572 is our account number and needs to be included on the check.

 

Credit Cards can be set up on the MTW Website or by calling  1-866-373-6133 

Additional details about donations can be found

here at this link

 

Sparks Ministry Blog

www.sparksministry.org

Dawn has been working to keep our status on our progress and other news tidbits posted on our blog. Don't forget to check once in a while to see what we have going on and what might have happened in the past months. We can't include everything in the newsletter or it would be a book!
Dear Friends!,

This month brings us to the end of our first few weeks in our new home and into a time when we are pushing towards the end of our fund raising phase (we hope!).

If you would like a prayer card mailed to you that includes a summary of our ministry as well as a family photo, please reply to this message with your mailing address and we would be happy to put one in the mail to you.
Stevie in a field of Bluebonnets
Stevie in a field of Bluebonnets
Send us Please!?!? - News from Ukraine
 

Since we returned from our Cross Cultural Internship the number of changes in our day to day life has been a strain on our family. We moved again to a new location which involved storing more items, including some that we will likely ship to Ukraine. The changes in how we get places, how much we spend on fuel due to driving distances etc, all seemed to be bearing down on us. It seems selfish to me that I was overly concerned with these items, but that is how I was feeling.

Compounding our personal issues, a Kyiv team member had his father pass away in the past couple of weeks. These things make us think of our parents and family and it can scare and discourage us from moving 5,000 miles away. Sure, we can take a plane home, but it is almost 2 days of travel and expensive!  In the midst of all of this we still need to raise more financial support and be positive, right?

Then a new email came from Ukraine, and it was from our team member who recently lost his father. I saw the email.  Thankfully, it was titled something bland or I might not have opened it up since what I did not need was something more to be concerned about as we work on our ministry.  It was a GREAT email.

First, it mentions prayer. Specifically, that people have been praying for him and his family. He talks about how the past weeks have not been easy, but that the prayers were working and helping him. Then the news gets even better, it talks about how God's Kingdom is growing in Ukraine. The presbytery in Ukraine has new church plants, new pastors have been ordained, and a good friend (Alexei) is starting his internship and that means a new pastor is being trained at ERSU with a focus on Church Planting. All the news was not great, some churches are struggling, some have seen a decrease in membership, and some have pastors that need help. But, the Kingdom is on the move and prayer is providing support for families, friends and for those in need.

When we hear this news we get excited! We understand that we have been called and are close to being there and working to support this movement, it just will be a little more time. We need to have patience and we thank Jon for the news and the support that he provided. I doubt that was his intent when he wrote the note, but that's what the Spirit does, it's not always obvious to the author.  Praise God for encouraging us at just the right time with this email!

Support the Sparks Website

Post Card We Sent Out This Month

We are sending out letters to churches and friends over the next week. Please pray they arrive safely and that people would be inspired to support our ministry. One of the materials we are sending is a postcard directing people to our new support website. The new site is SupportTheSparks.com Please consider forwarding that site and its information to anyone who might have some interest in our ministry. We'll try to keep the site current until all 100% of our support is pledged, so keep checking it!

Note on our Support Needs

Out budget was adjusted for 2011. There has been a lot of inflation in Ukraine and the goods and services data has caused a little bit of an increase. We needed $1,200 last month and this month we need $100 more, despite a few new pledges.
Support Report: $1,300 in Monthly Support Needed
Stevie in a field of Bluebonnets
Yes. I can't help but include these fun pictures!
To give you some perspective on how the finances break down:
$50 a month is 3% of the remaining need
$75 a month is 5% of the remaining need
$100 a month is 7% of our remaining need
$150 a month is 11% of our remaining need
$200 a month is 15% of our remaining need

Please keep in mind that pledges can be paid annually, quarterly or monthly, so if you wanted to donate $500 a year and pay in quarterly installments that is an option and it changes the % of our monthly need just like an annual pledge or a monthly pledge. The need is recurring support for the duration of our mission in Kyiv. 
Thank you for spending your time reading our newsletter. We are getting close and we need your prayers and willingness to talk about our ministry.

If you received this email because someone forwarded it to you, you can join our email list by clicking the link "Join our Mailing List" in the left sidebar of this email. If you would like to join our team, at the bottom of this newsletter is the necessary information to send a response via U.S. mail.
Sincerely in Christ,
 
Steve, Dawn and Steven
Sparks Ministry (Almost) in Ukraine
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Please make check payable to:
Mission to the World (#10572), P.O. Box 116284, Atlanta, GA 30368-6284