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OCMC News - Whiteman Missionary Update: Transformation and Moving Forward

by Geoff Whiteman (Posted 9/23/2019)

OCMC News - Whiteman Missionary Update: Transformation and Moving Forward
The past few months have been a great time of transformation and transition for Geoff and Kriss, as they've returned to the States to discern what comes next. Keep them in your prayers!

Glory to God for all things!

Transformation Together

If we’re connected on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM (and let’s be if we’re not!) then you know it’s been a remarkable year of transformation for us. We’ve had some glorious mountaintop moments for sure, and it’s been fun to share those publicly. We've also had some gut-wrenching valley moments, and it’s been important to share those privately with trusted counsel.

Overall, we look back on the time with gratitude. We got to host and visit missionary families as a family. We offered workshops on three continents that helped strengthen peoples' relationships—and doing so strengthened ours. We got to visit some holy sites and got to know some holy people. I think the highlight of the entire trip was around Pascha, when we got to sit on the front porch drinking coffee and dreaming together about what this next season of life might look like.

We really needed that. We’ve spent the last 9 years as graduate students and in the early years of family life. This move marked the end of that season. I’m done with my ThM and am an exam away from being a licensed marriage and family therapist. Kriss is ABD (All But Dissertation) with her PhD in Intercultural Studies and will start working on her proposal soon. It’s the first time in nine years that we’re not facing the start of another academic year wondering how we’re going to make it all work.

So, we sat on that porch and prayed. We prayed about the next decade and how we wanted to continue to be in ministry to families as a family. We prayed about the unexpected opportunities before us and our desire to live a significant yet sustainable life. We prayed about who we wanted to become and how we wanted to show up in the lives of others. Ultimately, we offered ourselves anew to God to be available to share in His life and join in His mission as He sees best.

Moving Forward Together

In many ways, moving back has felt more disruptive than moving to Greece was. If you’ve ever lived cross-culturally, you can appreciate that paradox. Though we are back in the same town, our life feels full of change (which is exhausting and uncertain). The benefit is a chance to get "stuck" in patterns of life and ministry that are sustainable for the long haul.

I’d be very grateful if you’d pray with us in this season of transition, especially as we discern how to move forward.

With gratitude in Christ,

Geoff

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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