Gilmer and Julie Paden
9079 E. Holmes St. Tucson, AZ 85710
Cell Phone: 520-461-5152
These are some of our favorite pictures from our missions trip last summer. Now you’re probably asking, why? What’s so special about these pictures? Well, it’s not because they are the most beautiful and the most awe inspiring, or that they captured the moment, because they really didn’t. It’s the story behind these two pictures that makes them special. This young man in the picture was one of 8 who went down south to the Muslim area in the Philippines on the youth group’s first mission trip. He was older than the rest and less experienced. He was not one of the leading youth of the church, and even told that he was not worthy to go because of his past. His name is PJ. Gilmer and I believe shortterm missions trips are a way for yo u n g people not only to see a different part of the world, but also for them to be away from the distractions of their everyday lives, and to really hear from God. Whether it’s because it’s their first time reading the Bible and studying it
- Praise God for the wonderful here in the US. - For Gilmer’s US citizenship.
during devotion time, or it’s because they see other peoples faith in action and have a chance to see answers to prayer. Whatever the reasons, (and there are many) we He was shy, and when asked to speak or share in front of others, he had a really hard time doing it. He did what he was asked and worked hard in the background, never complaining. In this picture, a Muslim man asked PJ to pray for him. He was very nervous, as he recounts, but did it anyways. This is exciting because it’s not everyday you have a Muslim man ask an outsider to pray! have seen SO many lives changed during short-term Missions trips. That’s including our own as well. When we were asked about letting PJ come on the trip, we knew that if he wanted to go, then we should not be the ones stopping him. He worked hard to raise the money to go, just like they all did. PJ’s heart was changed that summer and he received the courage to follow what God was calling him to do. After they came home he told Gilmer. “You have to find me a Bible School right now! I really want to go. I’m done living for myself; I want to serve God with my life.” Right now he has already finished one year of Bible School and is working hard to have the money to go back for another year!!
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- Pray for our family as we plan our trip back to the Philippines and all the adjustments. - Continue to pray for our support to come
- For our faithful partners in prayer and finances; both old and new. - Praise God for providing all our needs. - Praise God for the success of Julie’s tonsil surgery. We also praise God for our family and friends who had been very encouraging and very supportive. - Praise God for our landlord who agreed to have us rent the house monthly instead of drawing another year contract.
in. We still need about $1,500 for our monthly and $20,500 for our set-up expense.
(Set-up amount will cover the five plane tickets to and from the Philippines, car fund, housing set up, etc.) - Please pray for Josiah’s surgery on June 11th. - Gilmer also needs to have surgery on his nose, a septoplasty, due to blockage he’s has all his life.
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We send out a monthly prayer letter by email, for those of you who would like to keep updated more frequently. We would love to add you to that list and have you praying with us monthly if you would like. Please e-mail us at: email@example.com so we can add you. You can also just go to the site to check out what we have been doing and see more pictures. http://www.padenfamily.blogspot.com The story on the front exemplifies why we are missionaries and what God has put on our hearts to do. We have been here in the States for 10 months now and have really enjoyed our time back, BUT, serving in the Philippines is where our heart is and we are ready to go back. There are many more people like PJ out there who are just waiting for the chance to see what God might be calling them to do! When we return we will be working with the Filipino branch of SEND called PSC (Philippine Sending Council). They help Filipinos who want to be missionaries get the training, support, and encouragement they need. Our job will be to network with the churches of the Philippines and set-up short-term missions trips for the youth- like described on the front page. The vision is to send more Filipino missionaries around the world by allowing them a chance to see what missions is all about. We will then help to train and equip them for cross-cultural service.
As many of you know, both Gilmer and I worked with Teen Missions Int’l for many years, doing short-term missions trips with youth, as well as being youth leaders in our church. We really have a heart to serve the youth and are so excited about the way God has prepared us to start this exciting new ministry in the Philippines.
Thanks for keeping our kids in your prayers. They have adjusted to our time in the States wonderfully. Nhaya and Caleb love school and both did a great job this year. Caleb was in Kindergarten and Nhaya was in the 2nd grade. Josiah is growing up SO fast and is already 2 1/2 years old. Potty training here we come!! They have really enjoyed spending time with our family and playing with their cousins. They also love attending AWANA at church and being involved in choir and Sunday school. Nhaya loves to read, so the public library has been one of her favorite places since we have been back in the States. Josiah has sleep athnea and is going to have his tonsils taken out on June 11th. So if you could please be praying for his surgery and a quick recovery. We know that he is young but the doctors agree that we need to have this taken care of before we return to the Philippines.
Do you have a heart for missions but can’t necessarily go yourselves? Are you looking for a ministry to be involved with? Would you please consider being part of our team? Either by regular prayer and/or financial support. We are almost 80% supported but before we can go back we have to be fully-funded. We need monthly, quarterly, yearly, and one time supporters. We would like to return to the Philippines by August this summer and are praying that God will provide all that we need. If you are interested, you can use the enclosed form or go online to send.org and search for our name. We also would love to share more with you. If you have questions or need more information, please contact us. Our email address and phone number is on the front of this letter. Thanks so much for reading!!!
Serving Him, Gilmer, Julie, Nhaya, Caleb, and Josiah Paden