February 2010 Luke 10:2

“Divine Diversion”

I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23

It is with mixed emotions that Randall and I inform you, our faithful friends and partners, that as of March 1, 2010 we will no longer be members of Wycliffe. We are disappointed that we will not be going to Papua New Guinea as we had planned. We were really looking forward to joining the work there. But after failing to reach our financial goals within the time allotted to us, we must look to join in God's work elsewhere.

Randall tells me of a term that most military people never want to hear. The term is “Diversion.” It often comes up when the troops are headed home or to some place for R&R (rest & relaxation). Hearing it usually means that, instead of going home or to R&R, they are being sent off to another mission.

The Apostle Paul experienced a "Divine Diversion" when he had felt led to go to Asia and the Lord sent him to Macedonia instead. It was because of that diversion that we have the books of Thessalonians and Philippians. Who can complain about that?

Randall and I feel that the Lord has diverted us. When we first started out pursuing mission work, we both told the Lord that we were willing to go and use our giftings for Him, wherever He wanted to send us. After sending us through some of the best missionary training in the world with Wycliffe, He shut that door and opened up another. But unlike in the case of the military personnel, we are not disappointed nor dreading it. We are excited about this “divine diversion.”

Brazil MapIt is with great joy and excitement that we are able to tell you about this new direction the Lord is sending us. We are now joining with a small but growing missions group called IAM (International Association of Missions) in Brazil. IAM is associated with our home church and focuses on church planting, and pastoral/missionary training. We will be serving in much the same capacity with IAM as we were to serve with Wycliffe. Randall will cover most of the IT needs and I plan to investigate a ministry called "Pegue Fogo" (Catch the Fire) which uses the arts in community outreach. More information about IAM and other pertinent details will be forthcoming. We will try to answer as many of your questions as we can in a follow-up article to this one.

Sometimes the Lord moves very swiftly and this is one of those cases. Randall and I are already planning a trip to visit the mission in Brazil for the months of February and most of March. We are only waiting for our visas to come through. We expect to receive them around the 8th of February. After this initial visit, we expect to return to Mansfield to wrap up our affairs here and move down to Belo Horizonte by late summer. That is, of course, if the Lord is willing.

Isn't The Lord so AWESOMELY GREAT?

“More Information”

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.

Brazil MapWe 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 randall-paulayork@iamusa.org


  • In what seems like a major disappointment, 
He has provided an alternative direction.
  • For His divine direction in our lives.

Prayer Requests

  • For safe travel to Brazil
  • For discernment that we may see our role in the 
on-going work in Brazil.

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