Greetings from us transplanted Mid-‐westerners who are enjoying all that winter in Iowa has to offer. It has been a few years since we had the “fun” of snow, wind and icy roads. Of course, the kids are making some great memories in it all!
There has been a lot of activity for our family in the last couple months. As we follow Christ’s call to make disciples there have been many decisions to be made. The two biggest are “Where exactly is He calling us to serve?” and “What gospel organization should we partner with in this disciple-‐making work?”
After several months of walking through this process in prayer, meditation and counsel, we believe that God has led us to some answers.
1. We plan to accept an offer from Welkom Baptist Church to serve in the areas of evangelism and discipleship, primarily focusing on ministry with youth/young adults and families. In our last letter we shared that WBC is running about 150 in attendance, with at least half of those 6th grade and under. The work we will be engaging in is primarily related to church planting and establishment. While there are a few details to be worked out, there is a lot of work to be done and we are excited to return as part of that!
2. In a process that included lots of internet research, emails, phone calls and even two interviews, we can finally announce that we have been accepted as missionaries with Wordsower International just this week. Wordsower was founded by Jason Nightingale, whom many of you may recognize through his ministry of dramatic recitation of Scripture. The organization partners already with a variety of works including orphan ministry in Haiti, Kenya, Liberia and India, church planting in Liberia and Ghana, and refugee ministry in Ghana.
We appreciate your patience as we have walked through this season of ministry. With our acceptance by Wordsower Intl., they will begin to receive donations for support of our work. For those of you who
have held your donations and are ready to resume support there are several ways to give. Please see instructions in the box below. There is also a link to the Wordsower Donation page at the bottom of this post.
Wordsower is a registered 501(c)3 non-‐profit corporation and donations to support the work are considered tax deductible. Please ensure that you note on all donations that the funds are for the support of the O’Tools. If you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Obviously, there are many more details than we can possibly share in this letter. We would love to speak with you by phone, Skype or email if you would like more information on our plans or the thought process behind them.
Throughout this whole season, regardless of where God would lead, our confidence is that the Gospel is the power of God to salvation through faith to everyone who believes. And as we approach our future we do so knowing that our loving Father is in control and has already established good works for us to walk in. The goal in disciple-‐making is always to work yourself out of a job. In whichever way He continues to direct our steps we rest in His promise that we did not choose Him, but that He has chosen us and ordained us that we would bring forth fruit...fruit that would remain.
Thank you for your partnership in prayer and financial support over the years we have been privileged to serve in South Africa. By the grace of our Savior may we be granted many more years in service of the King.
Louis & Amber O’Tool
Click Here to Donate Online (please specify for O'Tool Ministry): www.wordsower.org