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/)
| In the wake of COVID-19, Nate has been able to work with state pastors in the Indiana-Michigan-Ohio area to address the impact the pandemic has had on churches and the many ministries they facilitate in their communities. Along with Tom Planck of Healthy Growing Churches, Nate has facilitated and coached a number of pastors as they identify key strategies to help their churches overcome challenges in the midst of the pandemic.|
In addition, Nate wrote a paper that identified seven implications for churches to process as they begin to reimagine what the church will look like in a post-COVID19 world. You can read the document by clicking on this link: 7 Implications for the Church.
Of course, churches worldwide are experiencing similar struggles. In Europe and the Middle East, over 100 Church of God congregations are spread throughout 13 countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified the sense of isolation many of these pastors and churches already experience.
As cities and countries in the region were hard hit by the virus, it is imperative that church leaders feel supported and connected to the larger church body as they reemerge. The mission of Global Strategy – to walk alongside the local church, globally – continues to be our focus and is highly relevant in these changing times.
The Three Worlds team is doing their part in continuing to foster community throughout the region, and we cannot wait to join them on the ground as the church reopens and reimagines what impactful ministry will look like in a post-COVID-19 world.
Is anyone NOT feeling as if COVID-19 completely changed daily rhythms? We have been fortunate to be able to work from home, but juggling virtual learning with the girls, multiple Zoom meetings with coworkers, keeping in touch with family and friends, and all the other new ways of doing life has made things interesting!
Thankfully, early on we were able to set up some family rhythms that have helped provide stability in this time. Family meals, favorite TV and movie series, and evening devotions have been staples of our daily routine. In the midst of difficult times, we are incredibly thankful for these things!
A few family updates:
- Kayla wrapped up her final semester at Anderson University. Anderson staff made a sweet commencement video and announced all 2020 graduates since students could not be honored in person.
- Aubry has decided she will take online classes through St. Louis University in the fall. With so much uncertainty concerning visas and travel restrictions, she now plans to start online and move to on-campus classes at St. Louis University’s Madrid campus in the spring 2021 semester.
- Daleska and Emily finished 9th and 5th grades last week. We have decided to homeschool until our move in order to be flexible with our plans, and both girls are on board. They both sailed through virtual learning with relative ease! This time at home has actually provided us a good transition period to the next season of family life.
- We are incredibly proud of the way our girls have persevered!
We are still unsure what our exact timeline will look like going forward, but in the meantime we are working toward our goal of being 100% funded and daily checking the Spanish consulate website for information on the opening of visa appointments and relaxation of travel restrictions.
We do plan to be in Spain by the end of 2020! We are so thankful for your encouragement, prayers, and support along the way!
We love our ministry partners! ❤️
Some of you may be wondering, what does a ministry partnership with the Tatmans look like? We’re so glad you asked!
We know we cannot do this alone. We truly believe God has called and equipped us to minister alongside pastors and churches in Europe and the Middle East, and we believe he has called and equipped others to have a role in that as well.
Our ministry partners are committed in one or more of these areas:
- Personal encouragement – sending words of encouragement and maintaining a personal connection to any or all of our family members.
- Prayer support – regularly praying for our family and the ministry throughout the Europe and Middle East region.
- Ongoing financial support – regular financial giving that covers our living and ministry expenses on the ground in the region.
If you are prayerfully considering partnering with us in an ongoing way, please let us know! From time to time we send out personal and ministry information that we are unable to share in a general newsletter. We would love to add you to that list!
On the fundraising front, we are inching our way there! Obviously, the pandemic put a pause on those efforts. BUT, in the midst of it all, we had two friends and a church make commitments to prayerfully and financially partner with us in this ministry!
Despite the setbacks this season has presented, WE ARE THANKFUL!
TWO WAYS TO FINANCIALLY PARTNER WITH THE TATMANS!
- Go to chogglobal.org/team/nstatman – click on the “Give Now” button and follow the prompts.
- Reference Project #42.10007 when you contact the Global Strategy office (contact info listed below).