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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
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It was September 53 years ago that we stepped out in faith to serve Him full time. When we left Reno and headed to Wisconsin for the New Tribes Mission Missionary training we had two people who committed to support us. One gave us a one-time gift to put on our account to go towards our rent and the other was a $50.00 dollar a month gift. That remained the same during our three years of training. We never went without a meal. There were times we ate whatever the deacons brought us. To this day I can’t even think about asparagus soup without gagging! :(We had told the Lord if He wanted us to serve Him full time, it was up to Him to meet our financial needs as we didn’t want to ask for support and look to others to meet our needs. That remains our policy today. (Matt. 6:33)  Over the art-toni-barkleyyears God has laid us on the hearts of different “angels”. When we went to Bolivia we had two people commit to send us $10.00 a month. One never sent it. During our 20 years in Bolivia He continued to lay us on the hearts of those of His choice. When we came back to the States and ended up resigning, that support ended and God provided a pastoral position at Reno Christian Fellowship. When Art resigned from RCF in 1998 to devote himself full time to this discipleship ministry, once again we had two supporters. One made a one-time gift and the other committed to monthly support. Over the last 19 years He has continued to raise up those to stand with us in this incredible journey. Our support has varied over the years. Some have gone to be with the Lord (can’t blame them for that), some have retired and had to make changes, some have felt the Lord leading them to support another cause, and others have felt God leading them to support DTI. The bottom line, it is all Him.

There is hardly a day that goes by that we don’t thank God for you. As we focus this month on the Gift that He gave us through His Son, we realize that without the Gift of His Son, without the gift of salvation, without the gift of the Holy Spirit, without the gift of eternal life, this would all be in vain. So I hope you see we do not take your support of us lightly. It is a gift. We thank our loving God for it, but we also thank you for your faithful heart.

May this next year be fart toni 1illed with His love, peace and joy. May you experience His grace when things get tough and you lean on His sovereign will. May you see Him daily in your lives as He meets your every need be it big or small. We love you and are so thankful for you. May He be honored!

Much, much love, Toni and Art

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