Saturday, July 5, 2014

Use Well the Days...

Greetings from mostly-kinda-sunny Manchester!

This is a bittersweet update to write; for those of you who don't know, this will be our last ministry newsletter from the mission field. We'll send one final recap when we return to the United States in August, but first we owe a massive THANK YOU to everyone who's loved, prayed for, and financially supported us during the last 4+ years of volunteer ministry. We love you so much, and we couldn't have done it without you!

In late May we returned to our ministry assignment at Ashton-Under-Lyne Church of the Nazarene, where we're active as youth group leaders and in coffeehouse ministry.

In many ways, we've enjoyed picking up right where we left off: working in Coffee Lounge and The Melting Munch, as well as helping to lead Youth Bible Study and YP hangout sessions on Friday nights. We even squeezed in a birthday party for one of our favourite people! :)  

It's also been a huge privilege to participate in two special services that were intentionally postponed until our return. First Brittany preached the homily at our friends David and Leanne's wedding. She was also asked to pray at the baptism service for Morgan and Leila, two teenagers who became Christians during our time in Ashton last year. :) Such wonderful, affirming times in the life of the church!

For the last several years, part of our ministry assignment has been consulting and advising on other coffeehouse ministry projects. The past few months have been no different, and we recently spent an afternoon advising some friends of ours about an upcoming Anglican coffeehouse project in south Manchester. We also spent several days last month consulting on two different Nazarene ministry locations in Carlisle, England. We even found time to take a short day trip to York for our 6th anniversary! :)

1. Please pray for us as we spend our last few weeks of ministry here in Ashton. Pray that we would invest our remaining time, energy, and resources in the right places. And as visit the Sweet Surrender coffeehouse ministries in Poland for the last time, we pray that God would continue to bless the seeds of relational evangelism that we've sown over these past 4 years. We are excited to see how God is still at work in Poland! :)

2. We'll be forever blessed by these past few years of international ministry, travel, and relationship-building. Please pray for us as we prepare to make the BIG vocational, ministerial, and cultural transition back to full-time life in the United States! Pray especially that we would be gracious, flexible, and wise as we re-enter life in our native culture.

3. Praise God that we both have jobs lined up when we return to the States! :) Aaron will be teaching part-time at SNU, and we're VERY excited about being co-pastors to college students and young adults at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene. :) Hooray!

4. Please help us pray for God's provision of housing and transportation when we return! We're not sure where we'll be living (or what we'll be driving) when we return to OKC, but we continue to trust God to provide. During 4+ years of volunteer ministry, God has never failed us yet! God is faithful, and God can be trusted!

Thank you. All of you.

You have fed, clothed, transported, and housed us during fundraising trips. You have loved us, prayed for us, sent us care packages, remembered our birthdays, and Skyped us at odd hours. Because of you (ALL of you!) we have been fully funded, well-loved, and looked-after as long-term volunteer missionaries. We could never, EVER have done it without you, and we appreciate you more than we could ever say. :) We love you so much, and we can't wait to SEE you all again soon!

Aaron & Brittany Bolerjack
Nazarene Mission Corps: UK

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