*EDIT – Link’s to GIVE to our ministry were broken on Prayer Letter emails and our website for quite some time due to Cru changing the url of the give site. All links have been updated.
It’s always an understatement to say in an email how thankful we are of everyone’s partnership in the Gospel – whether it be through giving, prayer, or your time. Surely, we are overly blessed to be a part of an organization that requires us to have the backing of so many before we can go off into the mission field. We know that we do not go alone, but with all of you.
This past November/December was a tough month for our family. Particularly at the loss of my dear mentor, Scott, and two of his kids. Compiling on the transition of overseas life and ministry and processing the loss of Scott, we were unable to send out an end-of-year ask to help us meet significant needs from the previous and for the coming year.
While we have been confronted with lots of challenges, we have had a great year in taking the love of Jesus to students and those around us. We’ve seen at least two students (that we know of) come to know Jesus for the first time, interacted with students that have never heard the name of Jesus, and a slew of other students have had seeds sown into them. Alex (Kings Strand Campus) has continued to be a breath of fresh air in his vision and passion to take the love of Jesus to his campus. The university campus in London is tough soil, but there are a few places where the Gospel takes root. Pray that the Lord directs us to sow the gospel into student lives where it will take root and thrive. We are excited to walk with Alex this autumn and trust Jesus to work in the hearts of students.
We’ve also had a wonderful time loving on our neighbors, and those we get to interact with on a daily basis – many who don’t know Jesus, and a few that do. Mrs. Yvonne, Ms. Anna, our friends at Canada Water Cafe, Homeschool friends, park friends, medical friends, and more are all just some of the amazing relationships we have made that Jesus has used mightily.
So that we can continue to be a blessing to the nations here in London, we definitely have a few needs that we would seek your help.
Jana and I are so very thankful for your partnership so that we can continue to be a blessing to the nations in London. It is no small thing that many of you have sacrificed so much so that we can answer the call to “Go,” and that the Gospel can be proclaimed in London to the nations. Whether it’s a sacrifice of time, talents, or treasure, we are so very thankful. We are currently 98.0% funded, and excited to see how the Lord continues to provide though you. As Paul expresses his thanks to God for the Philippians, I also, “thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” We realize that without your partnership, we would not be able to do what we do. It is through your mobilization that we are able to continue the work of the great commission, reaching the nations!
As we continue to press on in London for the sake of the Gospel, we come to you with significant needs and financial challenges to meet. Our Middle of the Year request is focused on meeting shortfalls in support, healthcare needs, and various ministry expenses (conferences, plane/train costs, retreats, laptop replacement).
Jana and I deeply appreciate your support throughout the year! Your faithfulness is so encouraging! Your giving at year-end (or mid-year) is a very important part of meeting our annual needs. Please pray and consider giving a significant middle-of-year gift to help keep us focused on the mission. We are estimating a total need of about £18,510 or roughly $23,983. You have been so generous over the years, and for that we are so grateful! If you are able to help, please give your gift online at http://bit.ly/GIVE2ROURKSUK. For your convenience, there is a big red button at the bottom 🙂
You are a very important part of our ministry! Remember to continue to check back periodically at www.thejourney.london for updates that may not go out over email/snail-mail. Thank you so much for partnering with us! Your prayers and gifts are what the Lord uses to send us to reach the nations. Cheers!
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
*For those that wish to mail a check to Cru directly, please call (888)278-7233 for instructions, and be sure to note it is for “Jimmy and Jana Rourk – 0539357”.