As associate regional coordinators for Europe and the Middle East, Nate and Stacy will be working alongside Regional Coordinators Patrick and Jamie Nachtigall as together they help connect, encourage, and resource the Church of God throughout the region. Nate and Stacy will have a particular emphasis on church planting and church health, walking alongside pastors and leaders in the region connected through the EuropeX church network.(Excerpt from www.chogglobal.org/team/nstatman/)
We should begin by addressing the most frequently asked question in conversations we have with others:
Are we still planning to move to Spain?
The answer is, YES! The timing of our move might be pushed back a bit, but through this season of uncertainty, we feel assured now more than ever that our calling has not changed.
While we are still hanging on to a thread of hope that we will make our move to Madrid in July (as initially planned), we are also putting together a Plan B. There are currently so many unknowns, but we realize we will likely need some time on the other side of this pandemic for the visa process, opening of international travel, and continued fundraising.
At this time, our family is staying isolated at home, and we are thankful for the opportunity to do so. We have enjoyed abundant family time and the slower pace of life this time has allowed. Again, we are grateful…we know isolation is not a possibility for everyone, and we are so thankful for all of you who are the essential workers out there keeping it all going.
In our household…
- Kayla came home from Anderson University when the campus closed. She is finishing her final semester online.
- Aubry completed her TESOL certification and still plans to begin classes at St. Louis University – Madrid in September if there is no longer a safety concern at that time.
- Daleska and Emily have made a great transition to virtual learning, as their school building will be closed through the end of the school year.
- Nate and Stacy are working from home…Zoom calls, emails, messaging, and helping with homework have filled our schedule!
We so appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we navigate these uncharted waters. We realize everyone, everywhere is experiencing some level of uncertainty, and we are earnestly praying for you all as well!
As the world has witnessed, Europe and the Middle East have been hit hard on the front end of the global pandemic, COVID-19. Our family was just gearing up to travel to Madrid, Spain, for our site visit when we began hearing news of the growing number of COVID cases in Italy.
At that time, we were in contact with friends and missionaries in Spain, and although there were some confirmed cases in the country, there were no substantial warnings being issued to the people of Spain. Just a few days later, a week before our scheduled trip, numbers in Spain began to rapidly rise and international air travel was shut down.
Like many, we have been closely following the course of the illness and its impact on the world around us. The 3W missionary team is staying connected to one another and to pastors, families, and individuals throughout the Europe/Middle East region, providing important information, encouragement, and support through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers have been heavily focused on the health and safety of our friends and family in the many countries impacted, including our own.
We were amazed and so thankful to have hit our “60% Funded” mark mid-March. We know that in this season there are many of us understanding at a deeper level what it means to trust the Lord for all of our needs. Hebrews 1:3 says, in part, “…he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.” We’re trusting He will continue to sustain us through this time of uncertainty, and praying we will all see Him working through our situations and circumstances in the coming days!