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May Wrap Up and Prayer Request
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Final Laps


The month of May is all about the Indy 500 in Indianapolis where it can all come down to the final laps. It doesn't matter if you are in the pole position because you might be last or if you start at the end of the field you still could end up drinking milk at the end of this Sunday afternoon drive.  Paul, in speaking about the pursuit of living a life that is true to the reality of what Jesus has completed for us says, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only on receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it. (Ephesians 9:24)"  
May has been a month of final laps for the Hinkle family.  Braden graduated from Herron High School.  Both sets of grandparents and aunts came to enjoy the events.  We moved out of the RV that has been our home for the last 8 months (with a sweet sabbatical at Lee's parents house for a few months).  We visited MTW Atlanta to attend our pre-depature meetings and baseline health screens.  We said good-by to good friends and fellow MTW missionaries, The Martins, as they prepare to leave for Uganda.  We also passed the 95% threshold for our monthly pledges.  This really puts us into the final laps of our journey to begin the work in Perth. God has been gracious to us providing comfort, energy and love to endure as our departure is near.
 
There are a few things that still need to happen before out family begins to call Fremantle home and join with the core team of the Village Church.  Please take time to pray about the following:
  • Visa acquisition.  We are hoping that our arrival in July on visitors visas will allow us to work hand in hand, at the same time zone with our immigration lawyer to expedite our Work Visa.  The visitor visa has a provision of no work, so the time we have awaiting the work visa is a gift from God to insure we take the proper time to transition well into Australia with our family and not feel the urge to "hit the ground running."  The Lord knows our heart tendencies better than we do and walks before us in protective boundaries.
  • Final 5:  We still need 5% of our monthly pledges before we are released to purchase our tickets. This is about $765 a month.  Please pray that it comes in over the next week.  We have watched ticket prices go up $500 per ticket over the last 2 weeks.  We would love to purchase our tickets for Perth ASAP.
  • Shipping: This week we have acquired our shipping estimates.  There are two important things to prayer for; the first  is wisdom in our sorting. (This may be one of the hardest things to do in this journey.) While we are loving the purge and reliving great memories; we know we need to rid our selves of some things and this process is one of compromise to say the least.  The second thing is cost.  We believe that we have enough money in our special gifts to get all that we need in our shipping but it would be great for the Lord to provide an additional $5000 in our special gifts to cover unexpected expenses.  
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The Road Ahead

It will be on the other side of the road
It will be on the other side of the clock
It will be on the other side of the sky
It will be on the other side of the globe

It will be different sights and sounds
It will be different smells and textures
It will be different catch phrases and taste
It will be different actions and rest

It will seem far away
It will seem too new
It will seem overwhelming
It will seem scary

It will be new dreams
It will be new friends and community
It will be new frustrations
It will be new favorites

He will remain steadfast in His loving kindness
He will remain true to His Word
He will remain faithful to His bride
He will remain kind in His provision

He is preparing the way
He is holding us for the journey
He is providing for all our needs
He is surrounding us with care

He has gone before us in His love
He has proven Himself trustworthy and sure
He has equipped His church for His mission
He has made us His people
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