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The Latin America and Caribbean 2018 regional conference gathering.

Friends,

As you know, the last year on the field has been spent in Asia serving our Lord in the Far East. It was with a bittersweet heart that I transitioned from what first started as Hong Kong, then became Taiwan with the move of the regional office over the spring, and now, just in the last couple weeks, I find myself in the midst of yet another move, this time to a completely new region of the world.

There were conversations between leadership on both sides, and after much prayer and agreement, it was decided that strategically I was to continue my call as a missionary and photographer in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. With so many factors to consider, the decision to leave Asia was certainly not an easy one.

Within a few days I packed my suitcases and made the long trek from Taiwan to my new home in Santiago, Dominican Republic. With limited time to say goodbye to my dear friends and missionary family in Asia, it pained me to leave so many behind. However, God has been with me all over the map and I’m excited to walk through His open door.

Fun with some dear folks which ended up being my last weeks in Taiwan.

I arrived to the Dominican Republic just in time to join my new team for the LAC regional conference. We had a full week with a recap of last years work and goals for the future, strategic planning for the year(s) ahead, speakers, fellowship together with missionary families from all around Latin America, and of course worship. The team and Pastor Krey, the regional director, have been absolutely fantastic, supportive, and welcoming. It was a gift to come in and get a chance to meet everyone in the region right away.

I am anxious to begin yet another new chapter in the field. I can’t wait to start shooting and find out how God is working through our missionaries here in Latin America. This week, myself and a handful of other missionaries are going through orientation, learning about the nature of living in Latin America, working through financial practicalities, and mapping out how we will individually contribute to the team here. I’ll also be switching gears to begin Spanish. Although there has been excitement this month, this transition has come with its own struggles. Saying goodbye to my friends and the ministry in Asia for this new, unknown path has been tough. However, I am thankful for my time there, for my colleagues across the field in Asia, and for the incredible friends and ministry God provided for me there.

The need for Christ is great and the opportunity for ministry is critical. The absence of the one true God is alive and well in all parts of the world. I’ve been blessed to be in this role and it is with humility and joy that I continue on the course that is laid out before me. I pray that I may continue to share with you a picture of the people, the faces and hearts that are being served, and the many that need to be served.

I am truly blessed to have your continued support and prayers and I am thankful for everything you do for me for the glory of God. It was this time last year that I was visiting most of your congregations, and I am so incredibly grateful and humbled to continue to receive your generous gifts of love. It amazes me how God uses His people to do His work. What a blessing it is to be tied together after a year of God’s work! I have the best supporters on the field and I am so thankful.

I ask for your extra prayers as I once again transition to a new culture and settle into life here. I also ask that you pray for the Far East Region, the workers, the leaders, and especially for my dear friends that I left there. My heart remains deeply with those people.

A special thanks to the Krey family for their gracious kindness in hosting me in their home until we find a place for me to live here in Santiago.

My first week in the Dominican Republic.

I’m on a new leg of the journey and I’m privileged to be a part of the Lord’s ministry in any part of the world. I am thrilled to be a part of the community here. I am comforted knowing that the work left to do in Asia belongs to the Lord. It’s not about me or you; we are not the ones who hold it together. To God be the glory!

With grateful thanks,

J

My new region in red, with my home circled.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well- watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11

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