Here we are, all packed up and ready to head East! We're traveling pretty light, as you can see!
We sold one car and plan to sell this one soon, so most of what we're carrying involves Simon's books and toys and Eliza's diapers and cute clothes. Craigslist served us well to clear things out!
Our first stop is Kirsten's hometown of Fargo, ND. Then we'll continue to La Crosse, WI for Thanksgiving where her parents live now. We hope to move into our Manhattan apartment around the second week of December!
Please, keep us in your prayers as we travel 2,424 miles this holiday season!
YOU CAN HELP SEND US!
One of our ministry partners is generously matching up to $5,000 in special gifts to help us with our move across the country!
Would you prayerfully consider a gift of $25, $50, or some other amount to help us report to our new ministry assignment? Because of this match your gift will be automatically doubled!
A brand new building with a doorman… three bedrooms (come visit us!)… at 50% off the market rate with stabilized rent. Now for the cherry on top… a 15th floor view of the Empire State Building! We couldn’t have asked for more! Ok, maybe a free parking spot, but we won’t even need cars in this incredible Hell’s Kitchen location. Times Square is just three avenues east!
We had planned to request your prayers for the next step in our NYC venture: finding a place to live. This is the notorious challenge people face when moving to NYC because affordability doesn’t exist and everything comes with significant trade-offs. Many hire brokers or else spend months chasing public listings. And rightly so; Manhattan is the epitome of supply and demand economics.
We suspended our work with students in April to focus on moving as soon as possible. Our responsibility has been to mobilize more people to take part in sending us to pioneer new ministries on NYC’s campuses. God has been growing our team and this incredible apartment blessing confirms that he wants us to get moving. We secured Gotham West’s last income-subsidized three bedroom unit by out-qualifying nearly 40,000 others!
We’re still in shock. God has handled this formidable step for us (albeit over six weeks and 155 emails!). Here’s what this means. With our housing contract now in place, we must receive our ministry partners’ commitments so we can move in. Cru has allowed us to take this apartment in faith because we are in reach of our financial goal.
If you’ve received our NYC vision booklet with an invitation to help send us, we ask that you PLEASE take action today! We’re thrilled to share this apartment windfall with you and to begin connecting lost NYC college students to Jesus Christ!
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DID YOU KNOW?
A commonly held belief on campus is that one should “live it up” in college before entering the real world. The promise of good times and freedom from stress are just a dorm room away. A resident drug dealer beckons his neighbors to “take a break” from their burdensome studies. Jacob was an easy client until God broke through.
Growing up in rural Montana Jacob’s graduating class was thirty-two. He put his energy into prep football and acquired the size and talent to play collegiate. He dreamed of becoming a Montana Grizzly, but the last week of his senior year proved fateful. A broken ankle erased his plans. He missed tryouts and his singular hope in life was snuffed out.
Studies were still a priority and he attended UM. However, by Christmas break he was in a dark place. Making good friends was difficult. He was angry about his life and his future seemed bleak. He was smoking marijuana every day and escaping reality through video games. For him, these had become the only reliable things in life, never to let him down.
One night, while sitting on his bed packing a pipe, he reflected on how it always felt like God was going to be the answer he needed. Then, out of nowhere, he heard what he described as a loud voice saying, “Jacob! Put it down!” This was all he needed. He threw away his bag of weed and was soon introduced to a Christian community through Cru.
Church had been a part of his background growing up, yet now he wanted to hear for himself what God had in mind for his life. It’s been a year since Jacob’s heart turned towards Jesus, and he is learning that God is more faithful than he ever imagined.
Send him to East Asia this summer!
Jacob has just been accepted to our East Asia Summer Mission partnership! He is thin on Christian community back home and is trusting the Lord to provide new ministry partners that would send him.
Would you prayerfully consider giving a special gift for his five week Summer Mission with Cru?
Ministry Partners make it possible for us to bring the Gospel to the college campus. Their prayers and financial gifts are helping change lives at The University of Montana, turning lost students into Christ-centered laborers.
We are seeking to invite more people to join our team of Ministry Partners who give on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
Would you join our team for $100 per month, or some other amount?
We also have upcoming special needs.
As this year comes to a close, would you consider giving a year-end gift of $100, $500, or some other amount?
We appreciate your heart to tell lost students about the love and hope of Jesus Christ. Your support gives young people an opportunity to respond to God’s love at a critical time when their decisions will set the course for the rest of their lives.
Ivan and Kirsten
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