The Abegg Love Letters

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ; mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. -Jude 1:1


As Regional Leaders, we serve in Latin America to provide support & training to missionaries on the field. We work with partner ministries that focus on everything from theological education to medical care, from children’s homes to retirement homes. Our goal is to come along side organizations & amplify their impact for good and the Gospel. As a family we emphasize anti-human trafficking training, equipping & networking to end this horrific crime that effects so many, especially children.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

UPDATE on our current work and support needs

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To those who have been called, who are LOVED by God the Father
and KEPT by Jesus Christ; MERCY, PEACE 
and LOVE 
be yours in abundance.      
-Jude 1:1

Our Financial 

Challenge

Last week I shared with you one of the newer aspects of our job in working towards the mobilization of our Latin partners. This runs deep in our conviction of a natural progression of missions from evangelizing to fellowship to discipleship and eventually partnership as we, together work to reach others with the Gospel. This includes churches, seminaries, missionary sending agencies, anti-human trafficking programs and many other expressions of the gospel. 

I also shared with you our financial challenge, including a repentance on my part of focusing so much on ministry that I've neglected yet another significant part of the job, making sure my family is cared for financially. (See Oct. 4 Newsletter). Recent challenges of our home AC's breakdown and replacement, as well as some car troubles of nearly $800 have reminded me of the need to set aside time from our work with missionaries, partner ministries and individuals throughout Central America and the Caribbean in order to envision supporters (think long term...eternal... investors in the kingdom of Heaven) to keep the work going. 

We are SO thankful for those of you who have continued as faithful supporters, believing in what the Lord is doing in and through us (including yourselves) as a ministry team. You are a vital part of that team as each of us use the gifts He has given us to accomplish the task of making and caring for disciples, training them and then working with them to extend the kingdom. But as expenses increase and some of our supporters go through financial difficulty, we need call others to join the team.

So here's the situation: over the last 12 months we've averaged about $1,500/month short of what we need for ministry and living expenses, insurance, and putting a very small amount towards retirement. Our goal by the end of the year is to erase this deficit and build up some savings to provide padding for those financial surprises (such as when our 2002 Honda can no longer be repaired but must be replaced). 

We are praying and looking for:
  • 4 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $150/month or more.
  • 8 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $100/month or more.
  • 8 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $50/month or more.
  • 8 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $25/month or more.
Please pray in a couple of ways:
  • For God to provide our "daily bread", the things HE knows we need which goes well beyond my personal ability to plan and prepare. 
  • For God to call the specific people He would have partner with us financially, prayerfully and in other practical ways to accomplish these goals.
  • For the God to guide you, personally in how to steward the talents and riches He's provided you personally. WE DO NOT ASSUME THAT HE IS CALLING YOU TO SUPPORT US, BUT ASK THAT YOU GET DIRECTION FROM THE LORD FIRST. IF HES ASKIGN YOU TO GIVE ELSEWHERE, PLEASE FOLLOW HIS LEAD.
  • For God to guide and bless us in our ministry and those we work with.
If you believe you're called to help in this arena, please send me a note so we can share some of the more specific areas of both prayer and financial need, and use the contact info at the bottom (or right if on a computer) of this letter. 

Thank You for all your prayers and support in this work. We literally could not do it without you!

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For those who missed our most recent video report of 3 months in Costa Rica.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Missionaries FROM Latin America & an URGENT REQUEST


To those who have been called, who are LOVED by God the Father
and KEPT by Jesus Christ; MERCY, PEACE 
and LOVE 
be yours in abundance.      
-Jude 1:1

I  Call  Thee  Lazarus!
... or maybe Isaac?


"The heart of a man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps.." (Prov. 16:9).

Plans change over time. Jeremy and Nico for instance no longer plan on becoming garbage truck drivers, and at age 50 I probably won't get to explore space. Other plans though, plans based on Kingdom hopes and Biblical foundations tend to be enduring, yet always under the Lord's direction.

Recently I've been rejoicing in some specific steps that God "established" years ago.  Prior to LAM's merger with United World Mission, I had the privilege of laboring with a great team on how LAM could work alongside partner ministries in the SENDING of missionaries FROM Latin America To the rest of the world. Much work, and more than a few difficult discussions, went into this.  

How to partner with mature Latin ministries, building the Church and reaching the unreached was of primary concern. How to co-labor within thegifts and weaknesses of both cultures to reach a 3rd culture was, and still is immensely important. Our desire was to approach the Great Comission and cross-cultural partnership with humility on the one hand, and courage in the face of differences on the other, trusting God to give wisdom, conviction and a sensitivity to our partners.  
 
...how to co-labor within the giftings and weaknesses of both cultures to reach a 3rd culture was, and still is immensely important...

Well, the merger brought an end to those discussions, and with deep felt grief, we placed those plans on the altar as an offering to the Lord.  

Recently however, that work has been resurrected as was Lazarus. Or perhaps more accurately, called back off the altar like Isaac.  I've had the privilege of joining a team diving into these deep waters once again as we consider a progression from the evangelization of Latin America, to discipleship, and to an ever deepening partnership of equals reaching new ministry fields. We are trusting that our cross cultural, unified giftings will better reflect the Lord and His care for a lost and hurting world than an isolated North American perspective ever could. It's an exciting time for missions, and I am humbled to be able to take part, but there are many challenges.

Please keep this team in your prayers. Pray for wisdom on all levels: missiological, cultural, legal (employment laws have bearing on what we're doing), practical and financial. Pray for clear communication and discernment of the Lord's leading. Also give thanks with us, that just as we are called as individuals to be part of the "body of Christ", we can reflect this unity in a broader, international expression of His Body. 
Andres Blanco is the Executive Director of FEDEMEC, a fantastic missions agency and UWM partner in Costa Rica reaching the unreached around the globe. 
Mariliana Morales of Partner Ministry Fundación Rahab is a kindred spirit in fighting Human Trafficking in Costa Rica and throughout the World.
Partner Ministry ProMETA in Costa Rica works to develop Christian leaders through accessible, online education.  

Urgent: Our Financial 
Challenge


As a husband, father, and ministry leader I humbly ask for your prayers and assistance. It's been difficult for me to make time for "support raising", a financial necessity for our ministry. Frankly I'm excited about what we as a mission are doing across nations, throughout Central America and the Caribbean, and in so many areas including anti-Human Trafficking. But it's hard to take time and find the supporters (think Kingdom Investors) to keep moving ahead. The bottom line is that if I don't, we won't be able to keep doing this work, be that guidance of 47 missionary families to advising their sending churches, from partnership with missionary sending agencies to seminaries, from children's homes to churches and entire denominations.  So, in order to be faithful to God and care for the ministry and missionaries He has provided, I must first be faithful to seek and honor Him in making sure that my family is cared for. Hence this appeal and a goal to be fully supported by the end of the year.

I'll share some specifics in the coming days, but for now, please pray for God's provision for us as a family and for our work. Also, we ask you to prayerfully consider if you may be part of the answer to those very prayers by becoming regular monthly supporters

If you feel so lead to join us to help us with the burden, or carry a bigger part of the load than you are now (for which we are immensely greatful), please let us know and use the information below. Thank You for all your prayers and support in this work!
 

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Give via US Mail

 Mail check with accompanying note stating:
"For the Abegg Family" to:
205
Regency Executive Park Dr.
Suite 430,
Charlotte, NC 28217
 

Give Via Phone

Dial 800-825-5896 and talk to a very helpful person!
 
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Bob Jeffery has moved to heaven!

A saint has moved on to glory. 

As a new missionary with LAM in 2003 I remember Bob and his wife Ann coming through the office with a quiet, encouraging presences. I had a sense of "that's what I want to be like whenever I grow up". 

UWM missionary Lillian Solt of UWM partner ministry CEDCAS did a fantastic job of sharing about Bob and Ann's involvement over the years. Please keep Ann and the rest of the Jeffery family in your prayers, but rejoice in God's grace extended through these servants to many, many people!

September Newsletter 2018
Bob Jeffery has moved to heaven!
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt. 25:23 NIV
This past Monday, the Jeffery family informed us that Bob has moved to his permanent residence in Heaven. Our hearts are saddened but joyful that he is with his Lord and Master. Bob loved the Lord and was a faithful follower sharing his faith with all those that came to know him. 
Bob and Ann came to work with ministry CEDCAS many years ago and we fell in love with them immediately. They continued to work with the little church in the squatter community of Los Guido where they called Pastor Dorotea over 24 years ago. They started a feeding program with the neediest children in the community alongside the church programs. 
They were constantly visiting the people in these communities not even fearing for their own lives. The people came to love them for their genuine love and concern for each one of them.
The Jeffery´s in coordination with Clinic CEDCAS and mission teams were able to offer many activities of evangelism with the church and see people come to know Jesus in a personal way. 
Bob and Ann brought many gifts to the table but Bob had very special gifts as a graphic artist and photographer. He loved to take pictures and videos and then share them with the churches.
Many of our rural projects have the documentation of their activities thanks to all of the pictures and videos that Bob took. In Horquetas de Sarapiqui, during a medical and dental clinic Bob and Ann were helping in anything they could find to do. This was what I loved about them, you never had to tell them what to do, they just stepped in and did what was needed.
Sometimes Bob got really creative and artistic with his pictures as you can see here. The first picture is shot through a pipe. We have some very unique pictures thanks to Bob. 
Bob helped us with brochures, folders, singing cards or anything that needed to be printed and then he could also put it in plastic so that it would last forever. Memory verses was another one of his ways of helping kids learn Bible verses.
Bob loved to be with and play with the kids. He could entertain them for hours making orgigami. 
When CEDCAS had mission teams Bob and Ann were a tremendous help as tour guides, translators, biology experts, and people that loved to share their faith. We traveled to different parts of the country with CEDCAS and they were always ready to serve.
 When our mision teams came to Costa Rica the Jeffery´s were a vital part of the team´s ministry. They were encouragers and would share openly how God brought them to serve in Costa Rica many years ago.
Today, CEDCAS continues to support the project in Los Guido which is a tribute to the legacy of the work and ministry started by the Jeffery´s. Continue to pray for the work that Pastor Dorotea is doing and that she will be encouraged by the Lord as she shares the Gospel to a very difficult community. We praise the Lord for the hard work, love and perseverance that Bob and Ann shared for many years in the community of Los Guido. 
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Costa Rica & Central America -The Abegg Love Letter


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To those who have been called, who are LOVED by God the Father
and KEPT by Jesus Christ; MERCY, PEACE
and LOVE 
be yours in abundance.      
-Jude 1:1

There and Back Again 

A Missionary Tale by...

The Abegg Family is back from three months in Central America working primarily with United World Mission missionaries and Partner Ministries in Costa Rica, thus beginning our journey as Regional Leaders.

Rather than try to tell you all about it, we've decided to become what our boys call "Vloggers", or video bloggers. Please take a few minutes and join us on our journey and pray for us as we move ahead in the region!
United World Mission - Central America/Caribbean Regional Leaders.
A three month journey.
Thank the Lord with us for the wonderful reception we've received from all the missionaries in the region, as well as the leaders of the many ministries UWM partners with.  Pray for our family as we continue to dig deep with everyone in the region, as we lay plans, improve connections, forward projects and seek to educate and further equip this part of the world in the battle against Human Trafficking. Pray that we can balance work and rest as the boys' school year begins, and for our co-worker and Partnership Facilitator for the region, Luis Diego Herrera who is such a blessing!

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 Mail check with accompanying note stating:
"For the Abegg Family" to:
205
Regency Executive Park Dr.
Suite 430,
Charlotte, NC 28217
 

Give Via Phone

Dial 800-825-5896 and talk to a very helpful person!
 

Our Finacial Challenge

As a family, we are SO THANKFUL for our faithful supporters, and we run a VERY tight budget, but with unanticipated home & auto repairs we've realized that it's too tight for healthy living, often putting at risk basic necessities such as the boys' school, family dental needs etc. This Fall will be a time of support raising, which in all honesty is not my favorite part of our work but does enable me to engage with many of those who are praying for us or are concerned for those we work with.

Please pray for this time. Pray that the Lord would provide divine contacts and wisdom on our part in how to share what He's called us to do. If you feel so lead to join us beforehand, to help us with the burden, please let us know and use the information above. Thank You for all your prayers and support in this work!
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