Dear friends and family,
Four months ago we were settled and comfortable in Comox, BC where David grew up and where we have spent our entire 14-1/2 years of marriage. Mid-May God called us clearly to finish our ministry with the amazing family we call Bay Community Church and move to Scotland for study and mission. In three days we will be on a flight to Glasgow, Scotland to begin a new chapter in the Mitchell family.
David is doing a 3-year theology degree at Edinburgh Theological Seminary to be better equipped to serve the church, Agnes is taking a 2-year Gaelic diploma to relearn the heart language of her Highland kin, we are continuing to homeschool... and in it all our family has this deep sense God is calling us to join his mission over there.
Words are inadequate to express our appreciation to so many people who prayed, counseled, and prophesied in the discerning stages, and to so many more who have served meals, painted, caulked, put money in our hands, hauled truckloads to the dump and the thrift store, cleaned, installed lights and a whole new ceiling, packed, built crates and loaded pallets, babysat, researched, loaned vehicles... and on and on. Our dear friends have virtually carried us along as we have sold house and possessions to follow an adventure we feel privileged to pursue.
We cherish each memory and friendship from these precious years in the Comox Valley. We are so encouraged that in spite of, and perhaps through our brokenness, God has allowed us a small part in his work here. Thank you to each and every one of our friends and family, from the bottom of our hearts, for the role you have had in our lives.
As we go to Scotland, it feels like we are walking on water. Our house is not quite fully sold yet, and it's been complicated (though we have great buyers and realtor!), but God has said "do not be afraid, only be still -I've got it." (Ex. 14:13-15) We are stepping out in faith way beyond our financial means, but God has said, "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Mt 6:33). We are grieving the separation from so many friends and family, but God has said, "my grace is sufficient for you." (2 Cor 12:9). And we are longing to share in the fresh harvest of new disciples God is bringing about in Scotland, and we hear God say, "those who sow in tears will reap with joy." (Ps 126:5).
We would like to ask you to stand with us in faith as we go, however God leads you.
Most of all we need your prayers, that we would walk closely with Jesus, stay strong as a family, see God's provision and his kingdom come, and walk in the calling God has for us. To receive a regular or quarterly intercessors update, let us know.
We want to stay in touch - Facebook, email, Skype - don't be shy! And we have been ridiculously blessed with a large house in Caldercruix with room for guests so start planning your visit now - seriously!
We are grateful to be sent to Scotland by a Canadian mission agency, Into All the World. It's not our desire to place a burden on anyone, so we'll just say if God prompts you to join this adventure through financial giving, contact us for details of our needs and how to give, or go to www.iatw.ca (gifts through IATW are tax receiptable). Most of all please pray, believe, and thank God with us for his perfect provision - whether through paid work, supporters, or miracles.
We love you!
David, Agnes, Acacia, Elijah, Andrew and Levi
new email address: davidandagnesmitchell[at]gmail.com