In Central Florida on March 26th it was 82 degrees and humid. That same day my brother sent me a photograph from his home in Calgary, Alberta – they had shovelled two feet of snow from his driveway. I was reminded how each of us experiences challenges and diverse situations in the changing seasons of life.
These are times of challenge for many and we are thankful for the relationships God has given us. We send this newsletter to friends, family and supporters in North America and around the world. We know many of you pray for our family and we are also praying for yours. Please let us know how we can be praying for you.
Events and milestones in our family and ministry
Loss of Bill’s Mom
After battling an aggressive cancer for three months, Bill’s mom passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 3, 2009. Cam Shore Prevette left a tremendous legacy to her two sons, extended family and many friends. At her funeral in Boonville, NC, Bill spoke of his mother’s tremendous capacity to give to everyone she knew. She was a woman of deep commitment and love to her family. One of Cam’s legacies to us was her tenacity and strength of will. She was the sort of woman that always found a way to persevere in midst of life’s situations and challenges. She will be greatly missed in our lives.
Approval for our next overseas assignment We will complete our ‘Missionary in Residence’ assignment at Southeastern University in May. In February, we were officially approved for our next overseas assignment with AGWM. We will be dividing our ministry and energy between two important spheres of influence.
Bill will invest half his time as a PhD tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (UK). He will help direct a new program in practice-based research; this means he will be mentoring a number of leaders from Asia, Africa and Europe who are working towards the PhD in Theology and International Development. We will continue our ongoing involvement in Eastern Europe, Cambodia, Thailand and South Asia. This work involves leadership training and development of new projects that assist children, youth and families that are ‘at-risk’ from exploitation, trafficking and poverty.
After May, Bill and Ky will be speaking throughout the US in order to build a budget for the next four years. We hope to be able to return to the field in late 2009 or early 2010. Please let us know if you would like us to visit your church or organization.
Return trip to Cambodia in March
During Spring break at SEU, Bill was invited to return to Cambodia to speak at the Bible School we helped build in 1995 and evaluate some of the childcare projects in the country. The AOG of Cambodia is assisting thousands of children in partnership with Mission of Mercy. The picture was made at Sihanoukville, where AOG operates a children’s home and a Christian school for several hundred children. Bill will be back in Cambodia in 2010.