As we start to prepare for our journey to Brazil, we wanted to provide you with more information on who we are with and what we will be doing (as much as we know).
First of all, we leave our fellow workers and the objectives of Wycliffe after much prayer. We believe in the goal and mission of Wycliffe and will continue to be in touch with those who are called to work there.
We met with Tom and Kathy Padley a week before Christmas to discuss their work in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Padleys are from a sister church of ours in Elyria, OH, and they have been serving in Brazil for over 20 years. During this meeting, Tom confided in us that he had been praying for a technician to join them for over a year. My jaw hit the floor. Could the Lord be calling us to Brazil now?
As we talked further, we found that Tom and Paula both shared a love for artistic expression in painting. Tom feels that art is a very powerful tool in the work of evangelism. Conversely, Kathy has worked hard to keep the computers and technology working smoothly for the last few years. We marvel at how the Lord knows just when to match up needs and talent.
Tom asked if we would be interested in coming to Brazil to see the work and consider our part. Paula and I felt we would very much like to do that, and would a couple weeks be too long? Tom insisted that we come down for no less than a month.
In January, when it was evident that our needs with Wycliffe would not be fulfilled, Paula and I met with Tom’s brother, Ed, and his wife Monica Padley. They administer the financial concerns for International Association Missions (IAM). As we looked over our materials and discussed both the organizations’ and our own goals, it became very evident that Paula and I could contribute in a significant way to this work.
So now we have applied for Brazilian visa’s and anticipate leaving by mid-February to see what the Lord has in mind for us there.
We are very thankful for your on-going support, and ask that you continue to follow the Lord’s guiding as we go forward. Wycliffe will stop accepting support on our behalf as of April 30. We are asking all our supporters to send their contributions to IAM. The information is provided below. At this time, they are not equipped to accept automatic bank withdrawls, but are working on that for future possibilities. Every time you make a contribution, you will receive a receipt and form for your next contribution. Please post a note on your check or money order indicating “For the ministry of Randall & Paula York” They also offer the ability to make contributions on-line at their website. If you choose to use this method, please follow up with an email to indicate your intention to support us.
Please feel free to email us with any concerns or questions. My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org