Support Team Progress: March '18

Praise the Lord for His kindness to us as our support team begins to grow. A number of people have asked us about where we are at in our fundraising process and how far left we have to go before we can leave for the mission field.

Our teammates in Madagascar are ready and waiting for us to come, but we are trusting the Lord to move us to the mission field in His timing.
Our Monthly Supporter Team provides for the following: Language Training, Living Expenses, Vehicle Expenses, Medical Expenses, Clothing, Ministry Expenses, Furlough Savings, and more.

One-time Gifts provide for the following: Shipping Container, Plane Tickets to France & Madagascar, 4x4 Vehicle, and other startup costs whenever you move to a new area.

• 100% of monthly partners committed by August 2018.
• 100% of outgoing funds raised by August 2018.
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Shepherds' Conference 2018

As always, it was a joy for David to attend the annual Shepherds' Conference at Grace Community Church. During the week of the conference, David was privileged to be able to speak with leaders from a few churches about the ministry in Madagascar. Pray that God will enable us to connect with churches that are able to partner with us to see churches strengthened and pastors trained in Madagascar. 
During the conference, David was able to serve other missionaries by helping them with their computer needs.
Two days before Shepherds' Conference, my teammate Faly and I enjoyed brainstorming together about future seminary work in Madagascar at The Master's Academy International (TMAI) Working Meetings.
Faly and I are the two in the middle of the front row.
Haja (pronounced Hadza) is the pastor of our future church in Madagascar. He was happy that I was able to introduce him to pastor John MacArthur during his visit to the States.
We enjoyed hosting Faly and Haja in our home throughout the week of the conference, but the girls may have enjoyed it even more! They can't wait to see "Uncle Faly" and "Uncle Haja" again.
It was a great blessing to spend time with men from Christ's Church of Tucson and to introduce them to Faly and Haja.

A Note from David:

Matthew 16:16-18  "I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."

Seeing so many faithful men representing churches from all over the world during the week of Shepherds' Conference was a reminder that Christ is indeed building His Church. Almost 70 nations were represented at the conference. Though the powers of Hell are constantly at work in the world, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ never fails to advance—even in difficult places.

The reality that nothing can overpower the Lord's Church also spurs me on to toil and sacrifice in ministry for the church. What a joy it is to see how Christ is building His Church in so many nations and people groups!
— David Ellingson
We were delighted to also have David's parents with us during the week of the conference.

Praise Report:

  • We praise God for providentially connecting us with a few church leaders during Shepherds' Conference in Los Angeles (March 7-9th) where I was able to briefly share about the plans for ministry in Madagascar and share the need for their partnership.
  • Praise God for our families. David's parents visited us in early March and then drove back with Ashley to Tucson, AZ where she and the girls were able to visit with both of our families and where the kids were able to see grandparents, aunts and uncles, and lots of cousins!
After Shepherds' Conference, Ashley and the girls traveled back to our hometown of Tucson Arizona to spend more time with both sets of families. They even got to visit the cowboy town of "Old Tucson."
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A Note from Ashley:

"But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain....
...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
"             1 Corinthians 15:13-14, 58.

This season as we reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ I am reminded that it is because He rose from the dead that my faith is not in vain. There are times when I look at what the world considers valuable and worth pursuing and I start wondering, "Is this all really worth it? Is our toil in vain?" Paul says that if Jesus wasn't raised from the dead then my faith would be in vain. I praise God that Jesus is alive and because He is alive we are to always be abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our toil is NOT in vain!

As David and I continue to move forward with support raising and all of the other logistics ahead, please pray that we would not become discouraged. Pray that we would remain steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. Thank you so much to those of you who are faithfully praying for us.
— Ashley Ellingson

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Ashley as she continues to make progress towards completing her Biblical Counseling Certification. She is already over 35% completed on her class work.
  • Pray that God would use our pre-field training to help prepare and strengthen us for life and ministry as a missionary.
  • Pray for the Lord to continue to build our prayer and financial support team.
All Glory Be to Christ,
David & Ashley, Isabella (age 7), Lydia (age 6), Anna (age 4), and Clara (age 3)
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