January and February Updates
Fun at the Campground
With the beautiful weather here in January, we tried our hand at fishing at the campground just before leaving.
Diamond, our dog, loved playing in the river behind the campground.
Beach Rental House
January 9th we moved from the RV park into a winter beach rental. We were taking a huge leap of faith to do this because this meant we not only still had an RV payment but a house payment now as well. The beach winter rental was actually cheaper than renting an apartment and it was fully furnished and had a beautiful view of the beach! We are renting the beach house through May 15th. On our way to "moving" to the beach rental, the RV slipped into a large ditch and damaged the back end of the coach. We thank the Lord that no one was hurt.
Our kids had fun digging a gigantic hole in their sand front yard with one of their new missionary friends!
Alyzsa has been having a blast with her cousin and a new friend she met who is also a missionary.
What about the RV? !!!!!!!!
On Monday we moved into the beach rental, and by the weekend, a friend, Brad Carignan, who we hadn't seen for twelve years came to visit with his family. Because we had moved into the beach rental house, we actually were able to house his family of five for a few days of rest and relaxation. The Carignans had been missionaries in Israel and Wales for the past five years. They felt like God had called them back to the US to stir up the youth in America and to start the ministry Save Our Souls (SOS). To make a long story short, after prayer and late night vision sharing, the Lord has brought our families and ministries together in a partnership to reach the youth in America as well as the unreached in the nations. The vision for the RV just expanded! Brad and Josie Carignan will be leasing the RV for the next two years! Please check out their website for the complete RV miracle story at SOS.
AIMS Annual Staff Retreat
Right after all of this exciting news came about with the RV, we held AIMS' annual staff meeting at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.Since the second week of December, Dan had been spending many hours at the AIMS office in Virginia Beach meeting with the Executive Team and International Team putting plans together to reach five to eight "epicenters" of the world. Through these epicenters, we believe that many of the remaining unreached people groups will be reached and eventaully we will see closure to the Great Commission..."and then the end will come." During the staff retreat, the plan for the epicenters was unfolded.
It was a great time of bonding with our new staff.
Even the kids had a blast! We want to especially thank Andrea Sauer for flying all the way from Chicago,IL, with her three children to watch all of the staff children at the waterpark! Thank you Andrea!!! We love you!!!!
After the retreat, we took Andrea and the kids to the beach even though it was a bit chilly.
We spent Christmas in Oklahoma the first week of February with Dan's family. Dan's brother and family were back from Russia for a couple weeks. Dan and his brother will be doing a Pastors' Conference together in Russia in October. Dan had several meetings while we were in Tulsa with supporters and potential supporters of the ministry, including three churches with several thousand members. One of these churches is praying about adopting one of the remaining 31 unreached people groups in Tanzania. Another notable missions ministry has asked us to work on a strategic plan with them to reach Sudan. A ministry we helped start over ten years ago is getting behind us with monthly support. They donated two portable speaker boxes that will be used in the pastors conferences in Tanzania. Thank you Steve Goley and Big World Ventures..
Dan flew his mother to California to see her father who is 95 and not doing too well. It was great for Dan to be able to spend this time with his mother and grandfather. His grandfather was a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators since the 1930's.Dan was given opportunity to share at a local Christian High School chapel while he was there as well. He challenged the youth to dream with God and that they can change the world.
Maria and the kids borrowed a car and drove to Kansas to visit her family while Dan was in California. It's always great spending time with our family. Our families have really been a great encouragement to us during this time of trantision through theirs prayers, words of encouragement, and finances. We love our families!
We want to thank all of you who have stepped out in faith with us over the past couple of months and have supported us financially. God is meeting our needs. We have about 1/3 of our monthly support raised and believe that God is still speaking to some of you to join our support team and commit to a monthly support amount. Several have given one time gifts and this has been a large source of our income for the past two months. God is faithful and will provide. If you would like to join our support team, you can donate by one of the following ways below.
Give Online and go to AIMS.ORG., click on “Donate to AIMS Online,” and type “Dan and Maria Crosby” on the space designated “Payment For.”
Make checks payable to “AIMS,”
designate to “Dan and Maria Crosby,” mail to AIMS, PO Box 64534, Virginia Beach, VA 23467-4534 OR