"I have but one passion - it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can most be used in winning souls for Christ."

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

Hello From Home  
Our time in America has been incredibly refreshing for our family thus far. We have been here now since the middle of December and we have about three months remaining before we plan to return to Lesotho. While we have been busy with traveling, attending missions conferences and completing my seminary studies, it has been a blessing to be around our families and friends again.

Liberty Graduation
On May 13-14, our family traveled up to Lynchburg, Virginia to attend the commencement ceremonies as I was finally able to complete my degree from Liberty University’s School of Divinity. It was such a blessing to be able to get my Master of Divinity degree online, studying while living and ministering overseas. Liberty has really been the leading institution in embracing online education and I am so grateful for that opportunity. Many other seminaries I wanted to attend would allow perhaps half of my classes to be taken online, but the rest had to be taken on campus. For my ministry situation, that would not have worked. Without Liberty, I would not have been able to benefit from seminary training during the past three years. It was also very special to be a part of the largest graduating class in the history of the school where my father was one of the first students to enroll.

I would also be remiss if I failed to publicly thank Abby for her constant support in enabling me to complete my studies over the past three years. Our life has been wild, adventurous, and exciting, while also being stressful, tiresome, and painful at times. Abby has supported me through wise stewardship, freeing up the finances to pay for my tuition. She has managed our house and children well to give me the time needed for my studies. And she has kept our life  organized, planned, and running while I was too busy to stay ahead. I hereby award the honorary Master of Mothering degree to my faithful and hard-working wife, Abby St.Clair, and thank her for her tremendous sacrifice to make this achievement possible. I couldn’t have done it without you, babe!

Our Family…
…is thoroughly enjoying being with our relatives again. Being away from them has been the most difficult part of our life overseas. For the most part, Kyle and Ellee have been unaware of how difficult it is to be away from family. When we first moved to Africa, Kyle was only 2 and Ellee wasn’t even born yet. They now wake up every morning excited about coming over to Lollee and Pops’ house to play with their aunts, uncle, and cousins. We will be sure that they enjoy these next few months at home, because I expect that leaving for Africa will be much more difficult for them this time.

As soon as graduation was over, we took off to Florida for a week of vacation at the beach. We really enjoyed sharing a condo with Abby’s brother’s family and having her parents and siblings in the same complex as well. It was a relaxing and fun time for us together. On top of that, we took one day and drove down to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to celebrate Ellee’s birthday and let the kids meet some of their favorite movie characters. Ellee was thrilled to see Minnie Mouse in person and greeted her by saying, “Ellee loves your show!” Kyle also enjoyed the day and was quite taken with the princesses. It has just been very special to make memories with our families that the kids will remember for the years to come in Africa.

Our Schedule…
…is to be in the States until the end of August. Most of that time will be spent in the South, though we are planning to visit Illinois again and also our family in California. I am especially excited about helping out with an Upwards soccer camp at our sending church, Cornerstone. I love having the opportunity to invest in kids’ lives and sports provide a unique venue for making an impact. Soccer, in particular, is the only truly global game and is the fastest growing sport in America. By teaching kids the skills of “the beautiful game” we can also show them how to model a Christlike spirit in an arena often filled with egotism and rivalry. The football pitch provides a unique platform for evangelism and ministry anywhere around the world.

Our travel plan is to return to Africa on August 30. Our current support level is also near where it needs to be for us to return to Lesotho. We have had a number of one-time gifts and a couple more monthly commitments from some of you. As best we can tell, we need maybe $100 to $200 more in monthly commitments for us to be cleared to leave. If anyone is interested in joining our support team, please contact us and we can give you the details you will need. We are very much enjoying this time to catch up with all of you here in America. If you would like to get together with us sometime before we leave, please write us on Facebook or email and we would love to arrange a visit. God bless!

- Jonathan, Abby, Kyle, Ellee, & Sadie Kate St.Clair