Dear Family and Friends,
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalms 139:9-10 NIV
In 1990 our Moody Aviation class adopted the above as our class verse. We were all young and excited at the prospect of serving our Lord and Savior “on the far side of the sea.” In the past 21 years, as many of you have witnessed, the Lord has proven again and again the truth of this verse in our lives.
At 7:30 pm this past Monday night (June 29th), Steve landed in Pittsburgh ending, at least for now, our missionary service in Africa. We had been apart for six weeks. Melinda, in the USA, was spending time with parents and our children and doing a good job helping Christine learn to drive. Meanwhile, Steve was in Kenya selling vehicles and our remaining goods and trying to get the ministry in a good position for the future. During this time Steve’s co-worker, Joe Wagnell, was able to come from his home assignment for about 6 days for a needed time of handover. Steve’s last week was a bit challenging as Kenya decided to give him the final gift of a nasty chest cold/virus but God was gracious and enabled him to push through till all was completed.
So what is next for the Moffitts? Steve had been offered and has now accepted a job at Preferred Airparts in Kidron, Ohio. This is the same Christian family business that rebuilt the Cessna Caravan that AIM AIR received earlier this year. Preferred is often preparing airplanes for various mission organizations so we will be staying in touch with the mission aviation community in this new way. Steve will start this job on August 31st.
Melinda will be busy, for the time being, reestablishing a home in the US while continuing to assist with family needs. Once settled, Melinda will be looking into part-time work possibilities including an option with AIM.
Concerning these changes in our lives AIM has asked us to share the following statement with you.
“Steve & Melinda Moffitt have served AIM faithfully and with distinction for over 20 years. Their decision to return to the US for family reasons was not made lightly and was done in consultation and agreement with AIM leadership on both sides of the ocean. As Steve joins Melinda in the US at the end of June, AIM is asking that you continue your partnership with them through August 31,2015 while they transition into living in the USA. AIM appreciates all of you who have faithfully prayed for and invested in the Moffitt’s. At this point, they will go Inactive with AIM (but still stay connected to us as they are family!) as of September 1, 2015. Melinda is considering an option with AIM while based in the US along with other opportunities for work. Please continue to uphold them in prayer as they follow God’s leading for this next chapter of their lives.” – Deb Ort, AIM USA Member Care
What does this mean for you? If you have been one of our faithful financial supporters August 2015 will be the last month we would be receiving support. You can schedule your contributions to end after that date. Should Melinda choose in the future to help the AIM USA home office we will let you know what her support needs are at that time.
If you still want to be involved in AIM AIR’s aviation ministry we would suggest you transition the support you gave us to my co-worker Joe Wagnell and his family. Joe and Esther Wagnell and their 4 children, Ben, Ezri, Kezia, and Ethan, are currently on home assignment and in need of additional support in order to return to the field in August. The AIM USA home office would be happy to help you make this transition if you so desire.
We are convinced and trusting that the same God whose hand guided us and held us fast when we crossed the sea going West to East will continue to do so as we have now crossed it once again going East to West. We covet your prayers as we go through this time of transition in our lives.
We had heard it said in a recent sermon that there are some debts we have that God will never let us repay. And so it is with the tremendous debt we have to each of you who have faithfully prayed for us and supported us over these last 21 years or more. The tears flow when we think of each of you but there is no way for us to resolve so great a debt and so we entrust this debt and you to His loving care.
God’s richest blessings to you all,
Steve and Melinda