It has been far too long since we have been able to get an update on here, but our hope is to have a newsletter out to you about once a month as we get closer to our departure to Fiji next year!
What Have We Been Up To?
This past July, I had the privilege of returning to Fiji to meet with the leadership of the College of Theology and Evangelism and to discuss the details pertaining to partnering with their ministry beginning next year!
Tim Borruel (Elder at Placerita Bible Church), Dr. Narayan Nair (President CTEF), Premend Choy (Vice President CTEF), Me, Dr. Adam Tyson (Pastor of Placerita Bible Church), Lisa Tyson (Adam’s wife & my sister), and Del Seehusen (my father), met to prepare the way for our arrival next year.
It was a wonderful time of fellowship as we talked about the many ways the Lord is working at CTEF and how He is preparing the Seehusen family to join them!
During this trip our church, Placerita Bible Church, had the opportunity to host a Vacation Bible School at the college, which led to some amazing relationship building opportunities for CTEF and many young Hindu students making professions of faith. It was such an amazing time of watching the Lord work and served to confirm our desire to begin ministry as soon as possible.
When Are We Leaving?
We get asked this question a lot! The short answer is that Jordan, Taj, and I are hoping to be ready to leave one year from now! We have reached our Fall goal of 25% monthly support and are hoping to be fully funded by July 2017. We would ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to help us reach this target date.
What Are You Currently Up To?
Life is never dull at the Seehusen home! We have loved being able to continue being involved at our home church Placerita Bible Church and specifically in the leadership roles we’ve been given in small group, counseling center, and women’s ministry there. In addition, I am working towards finishing up my ACBC certification which includes 50 hours of supervised counseling and have been blessed to have Dr. John Street as my supervisor! This past semester we were also blessed to be involved in a counseling Sunday School class taught by Dr. Stuart Scott, a leader in the counseling community, who provided us with many excellent insights and resources that will prove useful for our future ministry in Fiji.
Where Are You Working?
I am currently working as the International Church Relations Manager for Joni and Friends in Agoura Hills, CA. In this role I have had the privilege of meeting with key church and ministry leaders to help equip them to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities. We are doing this by bringing the disability and biblical counseling worlds together so that churches will be prepared to effectively care for those who are often overlooked and neglected.
This past October, I had the privilege of attending the ACBC and CCEF Biblical Counseling conferences with Joni and Friends and then flew to Singapore where we had a wonderful time with Pastor Soon Yong Tan, Roger Ng and John Zheng, and Jimmy and Rachel Tan. In God’s amazing providence, Pastor Soon Yong has been an active partner with the College of Theology and Evangelism Fiji and regularly ministers at their annual pastor’s conference. We are so thankful for God using Joni and Friends to introduce us to some of the people that will be walking alongside us in Fiji!
What About Jordan and Taj?
Both of them are doing great! Jordan is loving her role as a stay at home mom and thoroughly enjoyed her time helping co-lead a table at women’s Bible study on the book of Proverbs. She is in the application process to pursue her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) through the Summer Intensive Program (designed for distance learning) at The Master’s University. Taj is the sweetest and feistiest little toddler we have ever known and has discovered the joy of sports. He currently loves pointing out a ball wherever he sees one. He is a bit confused on produce though and trips to the grocery store are always entertaining as every peach, apple, orange or lemon gets an enthusiastic shout of “Ball!” along with a short, self congratulatory applause. We are so thankful for him and for the abundant blessings the Lord has put in our lives.
Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to take these next steps toward Fiji!