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Mater Transition Updates

Mater Transition Updates

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 March 14, 2012Dear Friend of Andy and Tabitha Mater:I am writing to you to tell you about an important change in the ministry of the Maters.Recently some new laws were passed in Hungary, that will greatly affect the tax burden of American missionaries who are serving with us beginning in 2014. This has particularlyimpacted the Mater family. In order for them just to remain on the field here with their twochildren at their current pay level, their new support level would need to be an astounding$10,000 per month. This is more than double the current support that they worked so hard toraise.After praying and talking together with the Maters and our Word of Life Internationalleadership, we have reached a unanimous decision to seek another field of service for thisdedicated couple. The Lord has graciously opened a door of effective ministry for them tocontinue serving with Word of Life at our Word of Life Florida ministry.Honestly, we in Hungary have a heavy heart about the Maters leaving, and so do the Maters.Andy did a good job serving with our Bible Institute and intern ministries here. And Tabithaconsistently displayed an open heart and open home to students, staff, interns and guests.They were a “good fit,” and leave us with our blessing and with a job well done. We knowthat all things really do work together for good to those who love the Lord, and we areconfident that the Maters will be a blessing to our Word of Life team in Florida.Please keep the Maters in your prayers and support. They will be moving back to the USA atthe end of May, as soon as our Bible School graduation is completed. There is much for themto do during this transition time. Your loving words and remaining in contact with this specialfamily would do much to encourage the Maters as they look forward to a new phase of ministry at Word of Life for our Lord. Thanks so much for standing with this dear family over the years.On the Victor’s Side,Alex KonyaDirector Word of Life Hungary
 
 
THE MATER FAMILY MARCH 21 201220122012
!!!!!God!has!been!doing!great!things!throughout!our!time!in!Hungary,!and!we!are!continually!amazed!as!He!works!The!start!of!2012!came!with!our!annual!Missions!Conference!which!Andy!was!responsible!to!coordinate,!plan,!and!make!sure!everything!ran!smoothly.!What!an!amazing!time!it!was!as!we!saw!over!forty!of!our!staff,!students,!and!interns!step!forward!dedicating!their!lives!to!missions!Our!faith!promise!goal!this!year!is!to!raise!ministry!funds!to!help!Word!of!Life!Serbia!purchase!a!ministry!vehicle!and!trailer.!Already,!we!have!seen!God!provide!over!half!of!the!pledged!amount!of!funds!We!have!never!seen!a!faith!promise!amount!come!in!so!quickly,!and!it!has!truly!been!a!blessing!to!see!God!provide.!!!!!Andy!is!currently!teaching!his!creation!class!to!our!second!year!students,!and!we!are!also!busy!preparing!for!the!annual!Missions!Reality!trip!of!students!from!Word!of!Life!New!York.!This!year!we!will!have!close!to!forty!people!here!on!that!trip!from!April!2028.!Please!pray!for!Andy!as!he!is!busy!preparing!for!the!team’s!arrival!and!ministry.!!!!!In!the!midst!of!these!great!ministry!opportunities,!we!do!have!some!dificult!news!to!share.!The!Hungarian!government!has!passed!some!new!tax!laws!that!effectively!increases!our!tax!liability!to!around!60.5%!of!our!income.!This!increase!brings!our!monthly!needed!support!level!to!an!unsustainable!amount!of!over!$10,000.00!per!month,!especially!since!we!are!only!averaging!around!$4,000.00!per!month!As!such,!we!have!been!asked!to!relocate!our!family!and!ministry.!While!we!love!the!ministry!in!Hungary,!and!while!we!will!dearly!miss!the!friends!and!family!we!have!gained!through!our!time!here,!God!has!made!it!clear!that!we!cannot!continue!to!minister!with!these!people!we!have!come!to!love.!!!!!!We!are!sad!to!leave,!but!we!are!also!truly!excited!about!our!future!ministry!opportunities!Andy!has!been!offered!the!position!of!Dean!of!Men!at!the!Word!of!Life!Bible!Institute!in!Hudson,!FL.!We!have!agreed!to!do!this!for!the!period!of!two!years!“on!loan”!from!Word!of!Life!International!Ministries!while!we!reevaluate!whether!there!is!another!place!overseas!in!which!we!should!minister.!!!!!!We!are!excited!to!see!how!God!will!use!the!things!we!have!learned!in!Hungary!in!our!next!ministry!in!Florida.!God!will!be!expanding!our!ministry!from!54!students!and!!16!interns!to!over!150!students,!and!we!are!going!to!need!your!help!as!we!make!this!transition!!!!!!For!those!of!you!praying!for!and!inancially!supporting!our!ministry,!we!would!like!to!ask!you!to!please!continue!to!pray!for!and!support!us.!While!our!location!is!changing,!our!ministry!is!basically!the!same,!and!we!need!to!keep!our!support!at!or!above!our!current!levels!in!order!to!do!all!that!has!been!asked!of!us!in!Florida.!!!!!!Please!also!pray!for!us!as!we!make!this!transition.!We!will!be!packing!up!our!house!and!our!lives!once!again,!and!your!prayers!are!very!needed.!Pray!with!us!as!we!make!our!inal!goodbyes!to!our!Hungary!family,!and!pray!that!God!would!provide!for!some!of!our!vary!real!needs!upon!arrival!in!Florida.!In!Christ’s!Service,The!Mater!Family2!Timothy!2:2
 
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Seasons of Change--Important Ministry Update!

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