April 7 is a national holiday in Mozambique, known as “Dia da Mulher”, or Women’s Day.
I had the privilege to celebrate and participate with our friend and house helper, Sabina. Every year, there is a special capulana (fabric used as a wrap) especially for this day. There are about a thousand ways to wear these and the women get very creative! Some have them made into dresses or pants, or suits, while others just use them like a wrap with a matching headpiece. We took a chapa (form of taxi bus) to town and walked the rest of the way to see the parade. They honor the late president’s wife, Josina Michel, for her characteristics in leading the women of this country. We offered flowers on an alter of the plaza and enjoyed some street food. I personally enjoyed conversing and people watching. On our way home, she took me through to her mom’s house, where I tried fermented mangos and met a bunch of her family members.
Youth group has continued to keep us on our toes,
as we co-lead with another couple who work with us here in Mozambique. It has been a blessing to host it at our house, and we have been able to deepen our relationships with many kids, although we feel the constant challenge of the intercultural dynamic. Last week, we had about 25 kids, ranging in nationality from American, Zimbabwean, Portuguese, Mozambican, Brazilian, Swedish, Dutch, and more. The group desires to be solely conducted in English, but we are finding it almost impossible to not switch to Portuguese in our in depth discussion, realizing a lot of the key meaning gets lost for those who are not fluent in English. Please pray for us and our colleagues as we prepare and lead these kids, for wisdom in topic and small group discussion and to communicate clearly and effectively, knowing when Portuguese is needed. Please also pray for their hearts to be open and receiving God’s word and leaving with his impression on their hearts.
Kira is walking and spunky as ever, and enjoys getting into Caden’s business. Caden is such a little man, and although he loves his little sister, he definitely treasures the moments when she is not knocking down his buildings or crumpling his paper airplanes. We are learning how to teach them to play together and apart…never a dull moment.
Tim’s back pain has gotten to a place where he can only manage it so far. He does daily strength training and sometimes takes painkillers to keep it under control, but still has pain. Due to the lack of quality care in this country, we have been considering taking a trip to South Africa to get him an MRI and get to the root of the problem. In this medical trip, we also need a check up to verify that Kira is growing properly, and to update vaccines, etc. Upon deciding to keep our car and invest the funds donated in parts to repair it, we ordered the parts and have been trying for months to get them up from South Africa to the north part of the country where we live…to no avail. So in this trip, we also plan on getting our car worked on with those parts and buying supplies that we cannot get here. We also had to leave two bins with family on our way up, because of luggage fees and regulations, so it will be good to get the rest of our stuff!
Friends from SoCal!
At the end of May, we will get the joy of seeing some of our best friends from California and hosting them for a week! They are currently doing a discipleship program with their two little ones in Africa, and will pass through on their way out. We are overjoyed to have them and share our lives here with close friends. They will be our very first visitors from home!!
We recently met with our Language and Field Consultants to update on our progress and the long-term ministry goals and game plan. Because of the many variables in flux with the team dynamic and the people group we are looking at, they have advised us to only focus on finishing up our studies in the language and culture before becoming too preoccupied with the “next steps”. This mentality can be alleviating, giving us freedom to just throw ourselves wholly into our current ministry and studies each day at a time, and yet, without a clear vision of the future, it can be easy to lose heart if we are only wondering about what we don’t yet know. So, God continues to teach us about living each individual day for him, since all we really have is today anyhow.
It has only been 5 months, and yet we are feeling the homesickness! Friends, family, hobbies, the ocean, the grocery stores, the restaurants, Church, and just the familiarity and general lifestyle that all scream “HOME!” make us long for the States sometimes. We have to be disciplined in our minds to not let our hearts run away with the idea that we are missing out on living life while we are here. Don’t get me wrong, we love it here and it is home, but there is nothing like your home country. Seeing highlights of people’s lives on Facebook can trick you into thinking that your life is not what it should be, and yet, who’s life was ever accurately portrayed in its totality by one or two pictures and a few sentences on the internet? The truth is, as we have recently read, “The grass is always greener where you water it.” And we need to water the truth that God brought us here, and we are his workmanship, his tools, his property, his delight. It is truly a privlilege to be serving him and we know that he is our prize.
Lots of other stuff happening…
from planting gardens to property management to new colleagues arriving, so please shout out a prayer for us and the rest of the team here, for unity as we follow Him in one common goal, bringing His love and truth to the nations!
Wishing you all the best for the rest of this beautiful April!
Tim, Kat, Caden & Kira
In our news this month, we wanted to share with you about some of the ways God is answering our prayers and what he is teaching us.
Part of the driving force bringing us back to the field was the fact that we knew we would have to live in a daily state of total dependence on God. This place has its beauty and yet is full of challenges that we cannot overcome without a continuous renewal of our minds and focus each day on eternity, and what really matters in life: learning how to love God more each day. So aside from our “big picture goals”, he has been faithfully giving us just enough for each day and reminding us that ministry, and life, is what is right in front of us, the people we are talking to right now, our children, each other, our co-workers, our friends, and even our “enemies” . When our long term goals seem unattainable or a million years away, we are finding peace and satisfaction in knowing that what counts is putting our heart in to each day as it comes, and by doing that, we will be accomplishing his purposes for us.
We have the privilege of serving the international youth (ages 13-19) again while we are living here in the city. Our hearts are bursting with joy for this. We care so much about each and every kid in the group, which is quite diverse, including Zimbabweans, Americans, Dutch, and Brazilians. For us, youth group was the place we learned the most about God, where we met our best friends, and fell in love with Jesus. We desire to create that same atmosphere for these youth and a safe place to come with questions and share their hearts, and to walk away encouraged, knowing Him more. We lead the group with another couple and trade houses every other month as a venue. This has been such a blessing for me (Kat) to be able to put the kids to bed and have the rest of the night to participate! This Monday will also be the first week of the girl’s small group I am starting, so please pray that God will direct it how he wills and that we will open our hearts to whatever he wants to teach us. Pray also for all of us leaders, as we need wisdom on how to communicate to the group as a whole. More than half are Brazilians, and do not understand/speak English fluently, so we find ourselves constantly trading back and forth between English and Portuguese. This will be the same for my small group. Pray that God will give us clarity of mind and speech to communicate truth clearly (in whatever language is used!)
God has answered our prayer for an awesome house helper! She is a believer, and the daughter of our guard, who pastors the church near our house. The children love her (PRAISE!), she works well (PRAISE!), she corrects me when I mess up in the language (PRAISE!), AND she is very helpful in learning all about the culture so I don’t have to leave my house to do my NCLA (PRAISE!). Pray for my relationship with her to be a blessing, and give thanks with me!
Tim has been spending a lot of time with his believing friend Filip, who some of you might remember as the orphan who started the hair salon. Tim is in the process of discipling him, and they meet regularly to go over Scripture and talk about what a mature believer looks like, and how that plays out in real life. He is also teaching him financial principles including saving and budgeting in hopes to give Filip guidance and therefore, more independence as he is now an adult. Alongside all this, Filip will be acting as one of our language helpers.
Other relationships: We both have several friends from our time here before (believing and unbelieving) that we want to get deeper with. PLEASE pray for that to happen, in whatever way God would allow it! Relationships can be hard to start and even harder to maintain here, and especially when you are concentrating so hard on just the words to say!
Caden turned 4 years old at the end of January and began preschool at home about 3 times a week. He enjoys it and I am learning a lot about him through the way he learns, what frustrates him, and what he likes to do. We also decided to start a co-op preschool group with 3 other moms and their little ones once a week, and that has been a true highlight! Caden is best friends with our neighbor’s 5 year old, and they play all day every day outside, which is also a blessing for all of us! We will be sad to see them go in April on their 9 month furlough!
Kira is now (sort of) walking, as in she knows how but also knows she can get somewhere faster if she crawls! Her teeth are coming in all different random places, which just makes her goofy-ness even cuter when she smiles. As of today, she is officially done nursing and I am thankful to God for allowing me to give her a full 15 months (and also thankful to be done!!) She is a fireball and so sweet, and her growth is right on. Today marks one year since her accident (February 29, 2012). Celebrate with us! She is a miracle and we are so blessed!
Please pray for us as we parent, and especially Kat (for patience!) as she spends the bulk of time training and teaching them each day while Tim is working outside of the house. Pray for our wisdom as we enter new phases, and for us to model God’s love, grace and Spirit in our daily lives, minute to minute, so they can see and want Him for themselves.
Future Ministry Goals
We are still looking at moving north to reach a people group that has no written Bible in their heart language. Our first step to get us there is to finish up our National Culture and Language Study (part of our every day work). We are also in discussion with potential teammates about entrance strategy and timeline. Please pray for all of these things!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year from the Warner’s
After leaving the States, we landed in South Africa and got some supplies for Mozambique, as well as visited our family. We are so thankful for the ability to have family in South Africa. It really helps us get over our jet lag. The kids did great on the flight and we although we lost one bag, it was delivered to the front door the next day.
We left South Africa rested and ready for the rugged life of Mozambique. We have been here about 1 month and are so thankful for all your prayers that have sustained us. We were greeted at the airport by our coworkers and they even brought along Bernardo, our old guard. It was so good to see a familiar Mozambican face. Bernardo taught us a lot about Mozambican culture and helped us with our language learning the first time we were here.
We went straight from the airport to the guest house at a local missionary compound. It was nice to have a toilet, dishes and beds to use. We didn’t have to do much set up. Shortly after this we started the process of reopening bank accounts, processing work permits, fixing the car AC, and trying to find a house.
We are so thankful that we have found a house to rent. It’s on a missionary property and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. We have spent the last 2 weeks securing the house with rebar and mosquito netting. The security bars are finished and on New Year’s Eve we moved all of our stuff in. Fortunately we were able to buy a fridge, bed, stove, couch set and some fans and shelves from missionaries that have moved back to the states. This family is a huge blessing. It’s actually the first time in our 8 years of marriage that we have bought a fridge, stove, and couch set as a family.
It’s been a crazy Christmas and New Near but we are almost settled. Caden and Kira each got 1 present and Tim and I decided that our present would be settling in a place of our own for a while. On new years eve, we were so tired from moving we went to bed at 8PM only to be woken up at 12pm with some loud fireworks
We have started back up with the international youth group that we were a part of when we were here last. We are so thankful to be able to co-lead this group with our good friends and co-workers.
Language and culture study is coming along again and we have had so many awesome opportunities to share of Gods faithfulness in our lives and how He has given us more time with our daughter Kira after her horrific accident. We started sharing with some leaders in our church who were under the impression that every time something bad happens it’s because of Gods judgment. Fortunately we were able to share scripture and biblical examples with these good friends of ours.
We have been talking a lot with our coworkers about the possibility moving into a village in the northern region of Mozambique. The details are still a little scattered but the people in the village are now waiting for us to come. Please be praying for us in this and if this is where God would have us go serve long term. We cannot share many details because of the sensitivity of the internet and we cannot jeopardize the work of reaching this unreached group.
For now though, we are have a goal to finish up our language and culture study and continue working with the international youth group and orphans.
-We have been debating on selling our current truck because of the amount of money we will need just to fix it up. We have decided on keeping it because it has been a blessing not only to us but also in serving our coworkers with their construction needs. Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed to our car fund. Hopefully in the future we will be purchasing a safer family vehicle and the truck will mainly serve us for ministry and construction needs. For now we are going to try and get the car running well and fix the problems. We are praying about getting a family car in 1 or 2 years.
-We have been able to communicate without too many problems. Were thankful that the Portuguese we learntstuck with us.
-God has grown the international youth group and the kids are awesome. It is composed of Brazilians, Americans, Zimbabweans and some other cultures.
-We have run into about 4 orphans that we worked with last time we were here. One of them is Filipe (the guy we built a hair salon for). Filipe has had a challenging year and life for that matter. He has made bad choices and good choices. Right now, he is jobless but he is closer to God than he has ever been. We are thankful for this. We want to start meeting with him and doing some discipleship lessons in Portuguese, pray that God can work out those details. The other orphans were on the street, and some of them homeless again.
-Our possible future church planting role, and Gods timing in it all
-We will be studying more about a “specific religion” here and in the north where we may work. Pray we can find people from this religion who can teach us a little more. It’s important to be educated if we want to be effective.
-Pray for our culture and language study, hopefully within the year both Tim and I will be finished.
-Health and safety, we will be living on a property where people have tried to break in a couple times. We have secured our house, but pray God puts fear in the hearts of those who dare harm us. Pray that they come to know God.
-Finally, that Tim can work out the details of a trip to South Africa to fix the car.
We love you guys and thank you for keeping us lifted up with prayer. That God may be glorified in your lives and ours. That we would all serve Him with all of our being and understanding, and that He will be our strength.
I think I have read the story of Jesus calming the storm over 100 times, and yet I still am often perplexed by it. Jesus and his disciples went out on a boat, and a huge storm came up on the water and nearly swamped them. Meanwhile, Jesus is asleep on a cushion, seemingly unaffected by the almost certain disaster that seems to be overtaking them.
“The disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
(Mark 4:35-41, TNIV)
Preceding this event, Jesus displayed his power in healing people and driving out evil spirits. Yet the disciples were still worried and in shock at how he could respond with such apparent apathy to their situation. When I read this story, I have to say I am with the disciples. I often feel like Jesus’ question of their faith is totally unjustified. Faith?! Jesus is asleep! He’s not doing anything to help them! How can they have faith? Of course they are afraid! (says me, in my human perspective)
So the other day Jesus brought me to this scripture and to my worries. Yesterday, we received a bunch of disheartening news in a 20 minute period of catching up on emails. Only 3 of the four boxes we shipped to Mozambique arrived, all after being opened and gone through, and we were charged $100 to get them out of customs (as well as the money to purchase and ship). The container we intended to ship some things on probably won’t be leaving until next year, and will take 3-4 months once it leaves to arrive, so that changes our plans for what we will put on it. The gang of men who are bent on breaking into missionaries’ homes, small businesses, and wealthy citizens in our city are becoming more aggressive and making it harder to know where to live when we get there. And the list goes on…
Where will we live? Will it be safe? Will the kids do well? How do we get the things we need to where we are going when we have to deal with all the corruption and the waiting?
Point blank the Lord questioned me, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? Did you not just experience me grow your daughter perfectly in your womb in a developing country despite all of your sickness, stress, and apart from prenatal vitamins? Did you not witness me send my angels to break her fall and heal her with my mighty hand against all odds? I am the Almighty. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26) Reassuring me that a place to stay, our safety, and our needs are all legitimate, “and your heavenly Father KNOWS that you need them.”( Matthew 6:32)
“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”(John 11:40)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)
If we know him, we can trust him. We will still have moments of doubt, fear, weakness, and disbelief. But if we believe, we will see the glory of God.
We will be leaving in about 6 weeks and heading back to our lives in Southeast Africa. We are bracing ourselves for the many adjustments to come and now we know what we are going back to. Our first term, we charged the field with zeal, energy, optimism, and ignorance. Not in a bad way, that is just the reality of it. Now we are going back with hope, focus, and a greater understanding of God’s big picture and the value our lives can have in playing a part in his story. With each trial we are forced to look to him, our only hope, and we know that the years to come will continue to reveal his power and goodness in our lives through our brokenness and needs. We have felt a reoccurring theme over this time we have spent in the United States: Have an eternal perspective. What really matters on the other side? What is worth living for?
We have been challenged and encouraged to see the truth reaching the Biem people of Papua New Guinea. Read up on the exciting news here. We know that we are heading back to some challenges, but believe that God has us there and is trustworthy and that through those circumstances he is refining us and when we see our friends living it, we are encouraged to press on. We hope our journey is an encouragement to you as well.
We just returned from a seven day trip to “The Beach Church” in South Carolina.
Click the link above to browse their website and be a part of that church. Our hosts and friends, Brian and Jen Weiler,were incredible. They organized all of our presentations and speaking engagements, let us borrow their car and really gave us such a memorable experience. It was so good to touch base with the members of the Beach Church who are our partners in Ministry as we serve over in Africa. Thank you Myrtle Beach and all of our new friends in South Carolina! You guys are great.
We have been planning and prepping for our departure and arrival to Mozambique.
We are shipping supplies, processing visas, and in the next couple of weeks we hope to buy our plane tickets. We still have presentations at two churches in the near future and are excited to let people know how God is moving among tribal groups who have no access to God’s Word in their language.
Our recommended support level has increased from 50% to 60% in the last month and we are praising God for this increase and the people who have partnered with us.
We have been given some wise counsel about our finances and have decided to raise our support level before returning to Mozambique so that we can better focus on the ministry and not stress about how we are going to pay our bills. We are thankful to those people who have encouraged us in this area and given us wisdom on family financial planning. The bulk of Kira’s medical bills are taken care of now, and we cannot express enough our tremendous thanks to all who donated towards her cause.
Kira is doing remarkable, and we just celebrated her 9 month birthday! It has been 6 months since her accident, and no remnants remain. She is officially crawling, has two bottom teeth, and is all smiles and energy! “Crazy” is a commonly used word to describe her. This girl is does not want to miss a beat and does not sit still. Her smile melts everyone who sees it. Caden is doing incredible and continues to astound us with the things he remembers (even from Mozambique!). He frequently says some pretty hilarious stuff…and keeps us laughing. Please keep these two little ones in your prayers now and throughout our transition back to Moz. Needless to say, it will be a huge adjustment for them.
For those who are partnering with us financially, thank you for your love and support in enabling us to serve in Africa as an extension of the Church Stateside.
For those who want to stand with us in prayer, we always have a huge prayer list. Please be praying for the following:
For the upcoming presentations we have. To get others passionate about missions and the huge task we have been entrusted with .
Our coworkers worldwide who are sharing the Gospel among tribal groups-that the missionaries would remain healthy and stay safe in the midst of trial.
For the hearts of the people we minister to, to be open to hearing a message of grace and love.
For the safety of our team in Mozambique.
For our family (kids especially) to have God prepare our hearts for entrance into Mozambique and a place to live for this next term that would suit our family
- For our financial support to get as close to the recommended level as possible and to leave in God’s timing
Lastly-our truck in Africa. We have to sell it or fix it. Pray for wisdom in this. It needs tires, an AC, brakes, seat belts and shocks. We don’t really want to drive with our kids in the car. It’s a nightmare and we really need a positive attitude when we think about the car.
Check out our YouTube page for some videos from Mozambique: http://www.youtube.com/user/ntmwarners
Thanks for visiting!!
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
This past week, we sat down with two our pastors and discussed our return. As many of you may have read in our most recent update, we have come to a clear decision to return to Mozambique and are moving forward with peace as we make our preparations, pack up our apartment, sell the car and mail the boxes. Our goal was to leave the first of September with only 50 % of our recommended support level. However, after meeting with our pastors, our plans have slightly changed.
They desire to see our monthly support level increase as well as our medical bills for Kira completely paid before our overseas return. Although all of our departure plans had to change we want to respect their wishes and take there advice. We are actively working to raise this support level by speaking at small groups and planned presentations at four churches, meeting with individuals about our ministry and frequently refreshing our website for anyone to access and follow as we move forward. If you have a small group interested in learning more about our ministry, please contact us!
We are praying for God to bring us up to a level that will sustain our living conditions in Mozambique while allowing us to plan for the future and emergencies. We are also asking him to give us patience and peace as we wait on him.
Ironically, even with all the challenges of living overseas, we are getting pretty eager to get back there. It is a crazy place to be—having the comforts of family and friends nearby, Trader Joe’s and the beach, constant running water and electricity and the perfect climate—and yet feeling an underlying sort of longing for the rugged and unpredictable lifestyle of Africa. It makes us laugh just thinking about how crazy that sounds. But it is also a bit of confirmation that we have come a long way in this last year. God has brought us into unfamiliar and rough places, and been our light and healer. We thank God for giving us certainty that this chapter of our lives is not yet finished, and the courage to move forward. We get a strange excitement (not void from fears) of what he will do next.
Please pray for us. We miss our team, and know that the extra time away affects them, as we all in need of each other’s daily encouragement and help. Please pray specifically that God will stir in the hearts of those he would have to come onboard our team as a monthly supporter. Our personal hopes are to return no later than October. Pray for us as we wait on Him.
If you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about becoming a part of our team, whether by prayer or financial support, please contact us via email.
One last thing! Even though our pastors’ main concern is our financial support, one of our main concerns is our prayer support. We are up against an adversary who does not want us there, and will do everything he can to discourage us. Fear, sickness, depression, anxiety, accidents, arguments, our children, you name it, he uses it. Please consider becoming a dedicated prayer partner with us in this ministry. We need the strength of a team to stand strong in His truth and love when the weapons are firing!! And it is a partnership-we can pray for you as well! Pray for our coworkers who have been facing many scary situations with people trying to break into there homes with the intent on causing bodily harm.
We will be updating our site as things progress. Our next stop is Beach Church, in Myrtle Beach,South Carolina, where we will spend a week of August making presentations and connections. We cherish your prayers!
It’s a really funny feeling being a missionary, where life is full of change and adjustments.
You really don’t have one home because you are constantly moving. A missionary serves and works in one cultural context for a time and then is back in their home culture for a short time. After connecting with their supporting churches and individuals, they go back to their country of service.
It’s a nomadic lifestyle and is at times extremely challenging. The roller-coaster is still going and is taking us back to our “second home” of Mozambique.
We are deep in the final preparation phase of leaving for Mozambique. Strangely enough we are excited to be packing up our apartment, shipping books and supplies and processing Visas. Our goal is to arrive in Africa around the first week of September.
From now until we leave we will continue to meet with our supporters and friends, saying our goodbyes and sharing our prayer requests. We are going to be traveling to Myrtle Beach around August 15th and will spend 1 week there connecting with the Beach Church. We plan on getting in front of Daybreak Church and Church of the Hills for our commissioning time and send off prayer.
We are asking for prayer from you guys as we get ready to head out.
In the last 3 months we have heard of violence in the city we will be going to. It makes us a little nervous.
Our coworkers had 5 men with machetes try and break into their home late at night. Fortunately the men failed to get in.
Our other friends had 9 men with machetes jump over their wall last night. The men also failed to get in. These incidents along with the normal things like malaria, culture shock and jet lag concern us. Pray for our entry back to Africa.
1. Pray that we are not charged import taxes for some personal items we bring in.
2. Pray we find a place to live that has good security and is right for our family.
3. Pray we can sell our car soon so we can buy a more reliable one with seat belts.
4. Pray we raise our support; we are at around 50 percent of our recommended support
5. Pray for our kids and their adjustment to the heat and culture of Africa.
6. Pray for Kira. We still have bills coming in and she has one last appointment one week before we leave for Africa.
7. Most importantly, pray for our hearts to depend on our Father who loves us and cares for us.
We cherish your prayers and support. We thank you for being a part of our team and will update you on our progress.
The Warners (Tim, Kat, Caden, Kira)
Many have asked us what our time is designated for while back in the United States. We have decided to answer in writing, for anyone else who may be curious.
First and foremost, the missionary has an adjustment period where they experience symptoms of reverse culture shock. Things that used to seem so normal in their home country now seem strange, unnecessary, and even appalling after living overseas for so long. Many missionaries seek months of counseling accompanied by rest to heal from traumatic experiences on the field and relearn how to live in their own country again. This also includes guiding their children in the adjustment process and helping them to work through their wide array of emotions and thoughts that they are unable to process on their own. After emotionally, spiritually and physically recuperating they start the weighty yet important process of sharing with individuals about their ministry and how God has worked over the years.
Ministry to others characterizes the missionary’s career overseas and at home. They look for opportunities to share with individuals encouraging them in the Lord and excite them about the work God is doing worldwide. Every week they schedule meetings with small groups, individuals and pastors to touch base and pray about goals and future plans. In conjunction with developing prayer and financial partners, the missionary begins the arduous task of purchasing and shipping supplies, processing visas and passports, setting up medical checkups, scheduling vaccinations for kids, scheduling immunizations to prevent against foreign illness, finding accommodation abroad and connecting with the field leaders to prepare for arrival and ministry allocation.
Often times they have to travel to multiple states within the USA to connect with supporting churches and individuals. This time is used to excite others about missions and the need for missionaries. Sometimes the missionary works on a special project during their home assignment, to highlight a certain crisis overseas.
It is our intention to motivate others to walk with God and share him with others. We are given this opportunity on home assignment and take it very seriously. As we prepare to head back overseas in 3 months, we ask that you be in prayer for us:
- Pray that we handle the stress of moving a family of 4 to one of the poorest countries in the world.
- Pray that we fight any doubts or discouragement with God’s word (Ephesians 6).
- Pray that we are effective to spur others onto missions and walking with God.
- Pray that we find an adequate living situation overseas.
- Pray that we are not charged import taxes on our luggage.
- Pray that we don’t lose or damage any luggage.
- Pray that our kids adjust well to the constant change and moves and that we can be sensitive to their needs throughout our transition.
- Pray that God continues to prepare our immune system to handle the change in environment.
- Pray that God protects us from Malaria.
- Pray that our 20 year old car still runs
- Pray that we raise our support so that we can cover our expenses (We are at about 60 percent of our recommended support level. This support goes to life insurance, retirement, living expenses, tithes, special projects, health insurance, and saving for home assignment 2-4 years from now)
- Pray for strength as we prepare to say goodbye to our families and close friends again.
- Pray and ask God if he would have you be a part of what God is doing in Southeast Africa!
Lastly, we would like to say that we believe in the power of prayer. We have seen God fully restore our baby daughter after she fell 15 feet to concrete. We have felt moments of peace and have realized people had been praying for us. We have seen God provide for Kira’s medical bills. We have seen God use us on furlough to encourage others. But most of all we have seen God prove Himself faithful to grow us and strengthen our faith in Him.
We cherish your prayers!
Love and Thanks,
Tim and Kat
Caden and Kira
The last 2 years:
What a ride life has been these last 2 years. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. When we got back from Mozambique we were bruised and burnt out. We were so tired and it took us a while to recover. We came home for the purpose of having baby Kira and were set to head back to Africa in March. Well, our plans were stopped when we had a terrible accident with our daughter Kira. Thankfully we have been given nothing but positive feedback from the doctors. We have 2 more appointments for Kira and are hoping and are positive we will get a green light to return to Mozambique. She is a miracle, thank you for your prayers.
After our paternity leave, and because of our daughter’s accident, our time here switched to home assignment. We are currently in the process of trying to raise our support again. We have been allotted by our organization till the end of August to raise our support, purchase our plane tickets and get back on a plane. As of now we are trying to get one way tickets back to Mozambique departing in the first week of September.
As faith based missionaries we are required to raise our own support. If our support level doesn’t reach or get near the recommended level, then we cannot plan for future travel expenses, retirement, life insurance or savings. All we can do is cover basic expenses. We are currently hovering around 50-60 percent of our recommended support and so we have a ways to go. When we arrived in California we emptied our retirement account to purchase a car for $4000 and have been renting for $1100 a month. These expenses along with the thousands of dollars of expenses for Kira have prevented us from saving any money. Our goal for the next 3 months is to raise our support so we can return to Africa. What we are looking for are monthly financial partners in our ministry. If you feel led, please pray about joining our team or letting others know about our mission.
Time is short:
We want to dedicate time to see all of you before we head back overseas. Please email us and let us know if you have any time at all to get a cup of coffee and catch up one last time. Also, we would be more than happy to come and share at your small group about the last two years in Africa as well as the current work going on.
Once again, we have had many of you help contribute towards Kira’s bills. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. We have no words to describe how thankful we are. A big hug would probably suffice
If anyone feels that our correspondence is not adequate, please let us know and we will make sure we keep in touch more and write more updates.
Here we go again. We are on our way. We love you all and thank you very much. Here are some helpful links.
For tax deductible contributions to our ministry click here: http://blogs.ntm.org/tim-warner/give/
For the latest video update about our life in Africa, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDXLR35snIs&feature=youtu.be
We wanted to update everyone on the things that have been going on with the Warners.
The theme verse of our lives: Psalm 73-25-26: Who have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
After arriving in America for paternity leave we were excited to be able to see everyone and debrief after spending two challenging years of ministry in Mozambique. Soon after we arrived in America, God blessed us with a healthy baby girl named Kira.
After that Tim was working everyday on a documentary highlighting the water crisis in the world. He and his friend Clay were gaining so much momentum and were given an opportunity and a platform to present to Fox Five News, Channel 8 News, Coast News, North County Times, Palomar College News, Kelly Elementary School, and Carlsbad High School. It was inspiring to see other people getting involved and becoming aware about what’s going on in the world. After living in Africa and seeing what devastating effects unclean water had on the people, Tim wanted to use his time in America to make a difference. Their goal was to make a documentary and raise enough money for the digging of one water well that would provide clean water to hundreds of people.
The day before they were set to embark on their charity paddleboard expedition, we had an unfortunate accident in our family. If you haven’t already seen via Facebook or email, our little 3 month old baby girl arched her back and slipped out of Kat’s arms when leaving the house, falling fifteen feet to the solid concrete below. She was life-flighted out to Children’s Hospital and she spent almost a week in the ICU and critical care. It was by far the worst week of our lives. For three days Kira remained on a ventilator and unconscious from her drugs. This was a very hard time because all we wanted was for her to wake up and look at us. Eventually she did give us some smiles. She came away from the hospital with a broken femur and multiple fractures in her face and jaw. We cannot tell you how grateful we are to all of you that have prayed and helped us financially during this time. We are so grateful to our all powerful God who has given us more time with Kira! Praise His Holy Name!!
What does this mean for us? We are still looking at Mozambique in our future and all God is doing there and we are praying for his guidance and Kira’s healing. As of now we have follow up appointments for Kira that will track her progress in the months to come. They are monitoring her to determine if the fracture in her leg has affected her growth plates. The only way they can do this is by watching her closely as she grows in the coming months. If they encounter a problem, it could unfortunately mean multiple surgeries for Kira as she develops. We have another appointment with the oral maxilla-facial surgeon next month to see if there will be any complications in regards to the fractures in her face. She passed her audiology test perfectly, as well as her check up with the Ear Nose and Throat doctor! Thank you all for your prayers! Her cast comes off at the end of this month as well!
Please be in prayer for us as we are in dialog with the leaders at New Tribes Mission discussing our plans and the possibility of serving Stateside with the Mission until the doctors give us a green light and a clean bill of health for Kira. Please also pray for Kira, that she heals 100 percent and we all look back on this and smile at Gods faithfulness.
Pray for our family. After Mozambique we started counseling with our Pastor due to the intense stresses we felt in Africa. We were moving forward and were processing the last two years well. Then Kira fell and we have been dealing with some post traumatic stress. Pray that we can continue to heal from our meetings with him. Thank you for your continued support to our family and the work God is doing.
We love you all and appreciate it.