Monday, July 29, 2013

Head West Young Man!

 
Beloved,
                In the spring of 2008 I received a powerful vision of God’s plan for the nomadic people of Central Asia, namely Mongolia. I felt called to become a part of the Father’s divine mercy strategy to redeem the Earth with this vision as my part to play. Many of you have heard me mention this since I received the vision, yet I have not been able to make a clear step in that direction.  Since 2008 I have been in a time of preparation, which has been wonderful and humbling, learning to listen and follow the Shepherd’s voice.
While I was in Bible school at Bethany College of Missions I learned about a group of missionaries based out of Meeteetse, Wyoming. The group is called Cowboys With A Mission, www.cowboyswithamission.com, a ministry of Youth With A Mission or YWAM. This is their mission statement:     
          Cowboys With A Mission exists to “Know God and Make Him Known” among rural, nomadic and indigenous people groups around the world.
           
            I came home to Arkansas and thought that I would be in Wyoming in the fall of 2011 but God had other plans which included a wonderful time in Israel and learning His great plans for my hometown area of the Arkansas River Valley. Many people who heard me speak of Mongolia have asked if I still think about going even though I have yet to go. I say to them, “I think about it every day!” The Holy Spirit has not let up on whispering His love and destiny for these nomadic peoples.
                Well, now I believe is the time for me to go to Wyoming and join up with these like-minded brethren. What this means is that I have to go through a 5 month training school for the ministry called DTS or Discipleship Training School. The DTS for CWAM consists of 3 months on their base near Meeteetse, Wyoming continuing in Bible and ministry training in the context of horsemanship and animal husbandry followed by 2 months overseas ministering in a nomadic or rural context, perhaps even Mongolia.
                Of course this 5 month training has a financial aspect. The total cost for the entire DTS including all room, board, and round trip flight overseas is $6,450. However, the school is in two parts so I do not have to have the total up front. I need $3,450 for the first phase by the beginning date, Sept. 4, and the other $3,000 is due before outreach starts. The later phase is subject to change due to location and flight changes. There will more updates on this as information comes to me.
                I am excited about this clear step in fulfilling God’s vision for my life. I expect great things from God in this endeavor towards seeing His glory fill the earth. I pray you are excited
also to see His soon return. May God bless you and keep you.
You can send checks to:
Eric Rainwater
9700 Rogers Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72903


If you have any questions email me at ericrainh2o@gmail.com or call me at 479-221-4130.



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