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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thankful & Hopeful - The Abegg's Love Letter as we close November



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

Support Update

We're almost on track to be fully supported by the end of the year and able to focus 100% on ministry!

Scroll down for ministry updates and prayer requests, but first, here's the #'s we're working with:

Over the past year we've been $1,500/month short for living and ministry expenses. Our goal is to increase our support by $2000/month by year's end. This will allow us to focus full time on ministry, put a little away for retirement (I'm hitting 50 next year) and have a small fund to cover emergencies. 

In this season of "Thanksgiving" we are so thankful for those who have responded! Your commitments have pushed us over 1/2 way to our goal! Through your generosity God continues to provide for our work and family needs.  EACH of your phone calls, letters or emails have been an immense encouragement, please keep praying as we wrap up the last month of our campaign! Here's where we stand: 
  • Oct. & Nov. supporter increases or new commitments come to $1,050/month. That's over 1/2 of the way to meeting our monthly goal for next year!  
  • Special gifts have ranged from $20 to just over $5000 = $7,200! If we could apply this amount to our monthly needs for the next year, these gifts alone would take us to 1/3 of our year end goal. However, since we're currently not 100% supported these gifts help to provide for our immediate needs as we work through this support raising time. Thank you!!!
We're still praying to have the additional $950/month met by the end of December. Please prayerfully consider joining as one of:
  • 3 new supporters (or increases) at $150/month or more.
  • 4 new supporters (or increases) at $100/month.
  • 1 new supporter (or increases) at $50/month.
  • 2 new supporters (or increases) at $25/month.
If you want to join our team as intercessors or financial supporters, please contact me or use the info at the bottom. 

For more information on our current ministry and support, as well as past updates, please see our Blog.

Ministry Updates:


Human Trafficking Presentations:
On November 13th I was able to do a 90 min. anti trafficking presentation for a group of  local Brazilian parents and youth. After the presentation, one of the teens told me that her mom made her come, "but after all we learned, I'm so glad I was here!"  How encouraging!
Please pray for future presentations and that those attending would not only learn of the dangers of sex trafficking, but to also make a difference by joining the fight and educating others.

 

Latin America Missions Mobalization:
I mentioned in my last newsletter about multiple Mexican missionary candidates and a Costa Rican from our region who attended an orientation for new, Latin missionaries preparing to "go into all the world" in partnership with UWM. This is an exciting missiological step for UWM, developing partnerships not only as ministries that RECEIVE missionaries, but that can SEND missionaries uniquely equipped to serve around the world...but as you know in our own fund raising, mobilizing missionaries takes money. God continues to provide, but we need to plan well how best to use His resources. Please pray as we wrestle through the creation of a plan to serve new & existing missionaries with as much financial wisdom as possible.

Ministry Updates:


Upcoming Travel:
Claudia and I will be traveling to and around Honduras to meet with UWM missionaries and partner ministries. PRAY for safety as we travel, discernment as we meet and plan with various ministry leaders and wisdom as we seek to encourage and care for our missionaries there. For multiple reasons I won't be sharing dates in this format but if you'd like to be part of our smaller circle of intercessors, please let me know.  We are also laying plans for a trip to Guatemala with a similar agenda. We'll keep you posted!

Anticipated Vacation:
You can also pray for wisdom on how and where to take a much needed family vacation. We've been given a special gift that will make this possible, and we're considering what would be best for all of us as a family. Thank you for your prayers!

 

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Meet the Partners We Work With: 

The Rahab Foundation in San Jose, Costa Rica has been a partner with UWM and previously LAM for many years. They are a Christ-centered non-profit organization devoted to healing and restoring the lives of those who have suffered abuse and exploitation due to prostitution and sex trafficking. They manage a fantastic program equipping women with marketable skills such as cooking, computation, sewing and business management, as well as providing anti-trafficking training not only in Latin America but more recently world wide.  Learn more at: UWM opportunities or Fundación Rahab.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Training, Travel and Trust for Provision- Updates on ministry and support


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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

Support Update

We're on track to be fully supported by the end of the year and to focus 100% on the work at hand! 

Scroll down for more details, ministry updates and prayer requests, but first, here's the #'s we're working with:

For the past year we've been $1,500/month short for living and ministry expenses. Our immediate goal is to increase our monthlysupport by $2000 by year's end enabling us to focus full time on ministry, put some away for retirement (I'm hitting 50 next year) and have an emergency fund to cover things like auto repairs etc. 

Thank you to those who have already responded during the 1st of our three month campaign! Here's where we stand: 
  • Current supporter increases or new supporter commitments = $500/month. That's 1/4 of the way to meeting our monthly needs for next year!  
  • Special gifts ranging from $20 to just over $5000 = $7,200! If we could apply this immediately to our monthly needs for the next year, these gifts alone would take us to 1/3 of our year end goal. But since we're currently not 100% supported these gifts are an immense help in providing for our immediate needs as we work through this support raising time. Thank you!!!
We're still praying for:
  • 4 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $150/month or more.
  • 6 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $100/month or more.
  • 5 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $50/month or more.
  • 3 new supporters (or current supporter increase) at $25/month or more.
If you want to join our team as intercessors or financial supporters, please contact me or use the info at the bottom. 

Finance Details

A little more info on why we're focused on "support raising" right now.

Please see our Blog for background both on our support raising effort and recent ministry. Last month, for the first time in years, our paycheck was reduced to a level ($800) that required me to dedicate time making up the difference with my carpentry skills in order to keep bills paid. We are so grateful for God's provision through my dad who, when I was a kid, "forced" me to work with him remodeling homes! I hated it at the time, but now as a family we are thanking the Lord.

I've also dedicated significant time to meetings, phone calls and emails with current and potential partners, or "teammates" to get our monthly missionary support to a level that covers  family needs, ministry requirements and necessary travel. As a result, nearly half of my time this past month has not been focused on ministry projects, anti-trafficking presentations or the regional development we're called to do. However, I see in my own life, and in scripture (Rom. 8:28 & Eccl. 3:11), that God is redeeming this time by providing a deeper connection with many of our supporters, and setting us up for what we anticipate will be a powerful year  of ministry with fewer distractions.
Thank you to all who have already responded to our requests, met with me and are interceding for this special time. Thank you as well to those who have indicated a desire to jump on board, I'm looking forward to talking to you soon!
  • Please join us in PRAYER as we trust God for His provision through His people. We are 100% dedicated to His service and the service of His people advancing His Kingdom to those most in need. 
  • Join us in PRAISING Him for the refining this time is bringing about in myself and my family. He's forcing us to fully trust in Him for not only the finances but the very time needed to focus on the things He directs as a priority for our lives. 
  • Finally, please let us know HOW WE CAN BE INTERCEDING FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR WORK.
Carpentry Work: Attics are no fun in the South Florida heat!
Carpentry Work: The boys lend a hand and learn at the same time!

Ministry Updates:


Human Trafficking Presentations:
Last week I had the opportunity to present a 2 hour training to a group of Brazilian mothers and business women living in South Florida. This in turn has opened a door to do another, larger presentation to parents and students on November 13. 
Please pray in advance of this time for those attending to not only learn of the dangers of sex trafficking to our youth, but to also make a difference by joining the fight.

Central America & Caribbean Structure:
Cluster Groups: In the coming weeks I'll be digging deeply into improving how we (UWM) care for, support and work with the missionaries in our region. It's impossible for Claudia and I to give the level of attention necessary to 35+ families and all of the partner ministries they work with, so we're working on creating a "cluster group" level to help in connecting with and caring for smaller groups of missionaries, freeing me to focus on the most urgent situations and more developmental type projects. 
Please pray for wisdom in planning, communicating and envisioning those who could be involved at this level. 

Latin America Missions Mobalization:
As I write, multiple Mexican missionary candidates and a Costa Rican from our region are attending an orientation for new, Latin missionaries preparing to "go into all the world" in partnership with UWM. This is an exciting missiological step for us as a mission, developing partnerships not only as ministries that RECEIVE missionaries, but that can now SEND missionaries uniquely equipped to serve around the world. 
Pray as I work with my counterpart Luis Diego Herrera, our Latin partner ministries and multiple others to develop a culturally appropriate plan for this partnership. This is one of the areas I need more time to dedicate towards and look forward to that once our support raising goals are met. 

Upcoming Travel:
Claudia and I will be traveling to and around Honduras to meet with UWM missionaries and partner ministries. Thankfully Honduras has been relatively quiet as of late, but we ask that you still PRAY for safety as we travel, discernment as we meet and plan with various ministry leaders and wisdom as we seek to encourage and care for our missionaries there. For multiple reasons I won't be sharing dates in this format but if you'd like to be part of our smaller circle of intercessors, please let me know.  We are also laying plans for a trip to Guatemala with a similar agenda. We'll keep you posted!
 

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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!
 

Meet the Partners We Work With: 

The Glory House of Miami is one of the newest UWM partners located in Miami, FL. They are a Christ-centered non-profit organization devoted to healing and restoring the lives of those who have suffered the abuse and exploitation of sex trafficking and provide a recovery home for survivors, a clinic to reach those still trapped and training at many levels. UWM is currently looking for missionaries to serve with them.  Learn more at: UWM opportunities or  Glory House
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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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Suite 430,
Charlotte, NC 28217
 

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