Welcome Ryan and Abigail de Roos – and little Sydney!
The de Roos’ have a history here with us In fact they started attending as an engaged couple – a few months later they were married and joined the church. As students at Ethnos360 Bible Institute (formerly New Tribes) in Jackson, they drove the 60+ miles round trip each Sunday for they loved HBC – and in turn we loved them. Upon graduating they found it necessary to relocate closer to the aviation school in Ionia and the hospital where Abigail worked in Grand Rapids. Once aviation school was finished, their missionary call found themselves again moving to Missouri where they continued missionary training. Now they have been approved by the mission board and are raising funds to go to the field (to be determined by Ethnos360 based on need at the time). Ryan will serve as a missionary pilot and Abigail as a nurse.
I hope you were here during the 9:30 hour when they shared their testimonies and vision. Talk with them – if you haven’t met them, do so. Introduce yourself to them. The picnic following is a great opportunity. This past Monday the elders and members of the mission team met with them. We are pursuing the idea of partnering with them financially. With the new ministry God called McAdams to in FL (leaving Barakel) and the home-going of Flo Hicks, there are funds available. Pray for wisdom in this regard. In the meantime – get to know this fine couple. Welcome home Ryan & Abigail!