This is a bit of a different take on our regular blog on marriage. Normally I write about ways in which you can grow in your marriage and relationships. I hope you permit me to share just a bit about an opportunity that has come our way to ask for your support and encouragement. I realize some of our readers may not be followers of Christ. That is OK – glad you are still interested in doing what you can to invest in your marriage! For the rest of you who are followers of Christ, we would appreciate your prayers as well as any financial support you would be able to give!
We have been asked by a respected Christian mission to Asia for the past 25 years to go to Asia this summer to mentor, counsel, and teach on marriage and family. The vast majority of church leaders in Asia are struggling greatly in their marriages because of long periods of separation due to persecution or traveling to evangelize. Asian church leaders they have introduced us to have expressed that they believe the teaching/writing we have done on communicating in love and conflict resolution is cross-cultural and would be very helpful to our Asian brothers and sisters.
A Great Opportunity
We have accepted this invitation, believing for a number of reasons that God has orchestrated it. At each of three different locations we will spend four days training, counseling, and mentoring leaders to further the work there with marriages and families. In one place we will be teaching the top leaders of a church movement of thousands of churches, where 90% of its leaders’ marriages are very unhealthy! We are humbled, sobered, and excited all at the same time.
One of the Asian leaders who is asking us to come, is hopeful not only about marriages being healed, but about the lasting effect this will have in drawing others to Christ.
Want To Hear More?
If you would like to connect and hear more, before putting this letter aside, mark your calendar and plan to join Zerrin and I at our home, Thursday night, April 30th from 7:00 – 8:00 for dessert and a time of further sharing about our trip. Please RSVP through phone, email, or Facebook. Also watch Facebook for a prayer time in June before we leave.
We are raising funds and a prayer team for this trip and invite you to partner with us in both areas. In the natural it seems a formidable task but we are stepping out in faith to live not in the natural but the supernatural! We need to raise an additional $5,000.00 for the trip. This will cover the expenses for both Zerrin and I, $2500 each, including int’l round-trip flights, flights and travel in Asia, hotels when needed, meals, etc. The first half ($2500) we need by May 1 and the remainder by June 1. Gifts exceeding the funds required for this trip will be donated to needs in Asia.
Whether you are able to donate or not, we would love to have you be a part of our prayer team to get updates over the coming weeks and while in Asia. Please send us your email for updates.
Thank you for considering this. In all reality, we cannot do this without you, and frankly we don’t want to. Knowing many are behind us and cheering us on in prayer will be a great source of strength and encouragement.
Because of Him,
Mark & Zerrin Oelze