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Some of you may remember that our teammates Kevin and Pat Mayer, who live up in Iowa, have been working through some health issues over the last several months. Pat has been experiencing mild to advanced tremors, and after seeing several doctors and specialists, they have determined that at this time, it is not anything that is treatable. You can read more about their experience from their blog here.

As a result of this latest development, it has been decided after many months of praying and seeking the Lord, that Kevin and Pat will continue to develop the Art as Discipleship ministry from their home in Iowa. 

They will also be recruiting artists for overseas missions as well as inviting foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to engage in learning how to begin an art ministry in their own culture.

So what does this mean for us?
Good question! 

We also have been praying and seeking the Lord over the last several months. We are still committed to our original goal of using the arts in Western Europe, to build relationships, share the gospel, and as a tool for discipleship.

Our ultimate goal has not changed at all, but our strategy to achieve that goal continues to be shaped and molded by the Lord. As many of you know, we have always wanted to be careful not to jump into this ministry with a predetermined blueprint of how things should be done, but to continue to seek the Lord and be open to adapting our methods and strategies as the Lord leads.

We’ll share more with everyone as we learn it, but let us say that there are many ideas and even bigger dreams that have resulted from these changes. For now, we ask you to pray for us, our teammates Kevin and Pat Mayer as well as Joe Hartsell, and our leaders at CrossWorld as we explore the many new opportunities that have arisen out of these circumstances.

While we continue to pray for Pat’s healing, we have already discussed many new possibilities with our team and are very excited for what God has in store for us and the great potential that will result from these changes.

We are so grateful for your prayers. We have more to share, so tune in next week for another update.

Chad & Traci Jackson

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