IFC Najmon 2014 July e news


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IFC Najmon 2014 July e news

  1. 1. The Najmon’s Italy For Christ Mission Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 July 2014 Praises: • Time with family • Steps continuing toward our visa paperwork • Encouragement through family, friends, and supporters Prayer Requests: • Receiving our paperwork from Italy • Preparing to say goodbye for a year • Reaching our full monthly budget We are scheduled to leave on August 18th, less than a month away! Time is going so quickly. However, right now we are still waiting on our Italian paperwork from the language school. We have been in contact with the school, but it is just taking longer than expected to receive the paperwork we need to apply for our visa. We are hoping that we will still get to be on our flight in August, but we are working on our backup plans just in case our visa does not come through in time. We do have a couple options. We will still be able to go, we just might be delayed. We are trusting in God’s timing and if His will is for us to leave on August 18th we are confident we will. We feel truly humbled and honored that God would use us and call us to full- time missions. As we think about the possibility of this being our last newsletter from the states for the next year, we cannot help but think how blessed we are. Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for your support and prayers. We are sincerely thankful for each and everyone of you. I wholeheartedly believe that Satan does not want people hearing about what Christ has done for them. Italy is known as “the graveyard for missionaries”. We definitely have a daunting task before us. Even though we will be gone just a year, this year will be spent in preparation for church planting and moving to a new country and culture. This year we will be laying the ground work for when we return full-time. As we bid you farewell for a year, please think of this as hello to what the Lord has in store for us and Italy. We covet your prayers during this next year and next phase of our lives. Our prayer for each of you is this: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Number 6:24-26 -Megan and Ross We are delighted to introduce you to our forwarding agents. They are our dear friends - Adam and Jeana Bare. Adam and Jeana both grew up with Ross and are from his home church. It has been so wonderful for me to get to know them and we are so thankful for their friendship. They did not hesitate to jump on board with us and we know they are going to be such a blessing to our ministry! Forwarding Agents Farewell From The States Ross & Megan Najmon P.O. Box 8 Batesville, IN 47006 rmnajmon@gmail.com 812-212-4098 Please make any checks payable to: Batesville Christian Church with Najmon IFC in the memo line. You can mail any donations to our address below. If you would like to meet with us in person or have us speak at your church, Sunday School class, small group, or any other venue - please let us know. We would love to plan a time to see you!
  2. 2. Ross & Megan Najmon P.O. Box 8 Batesville, IN 47006 rmnajmon@gmail.com 812-212-4098 This month Ross and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary! It is hard to believe six years ago we were just starting out on our journey together as husband and wife. It has been an amazing journey so far. So much has happened in such a short time. We look back and know that we are truly blessed because we can clearly see God’s hand at work in our lives. Marriage is such a joy. One of the beautiful aspects of marriage is the analogy we see in the New Testament of how God uses the gift of love in marriage to demonstrate His love for us. What delight we can know through the scriptures that our bridegroom is coming for us. I have a picture from our wedding day where I am standing with my father preparing to make our entrance for the ceremony, trying to hold back the tears of excitement and joy. I was watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle, knowing that shortly I would be following behind them and finally get to see Ross’s face! I cannot imagine the excitement and joy that awaits us as we see our Savior’s face for the first time! Our hope is that you may experience the fullness of our Savior’s love. 6 Years School for Character Most times, when I read a book, I first read the table of contents. In keeping with my pattern, I looked ahead at the chapter titles for Roland Bainton’s biography of Martin Luther, Here I Stand. One of the chapters was titled “The School for Character”. I assumed this school to be an institution Luther founded in order to develop good Christian character. I was quite mistaken. This chapter covered Luther’s marriage to Katherine von Bora. Katie, as Martin adoringly called her, became invaluable to him. She was highly resourceful and took great care of his many ailments.They viewed marriage as a means through which God used daily family hardships for the purpose of sanctification. Luther concluded that “marriage is a far better school for character than any monastery.” My experience over the last 6 years of marriage would be further evidence of this view. I can definitively say that I have been blessed far beyond anything I deserve and part of which has been my personal growth. In marriage, you don’t get to hide anything and you don’t get to make excuses. Marriage is hard. Marriage is sacrifice. Marriage is beautiful. I particularly favor Martin’s comment when he says, “Union of the flesh does nothing. There must also be union of manners and mind.” It is this union that has been the most sweet to me. It is this union that has been essential in increasing my effectiveness in God’s call on my life and on our life together. What a wonderful gift we have been given that so profoundly forms our character and illustrates the union we as the church have with Christ! Martin Luther and Katherine von Bora wedding portraits