USA (MNN) — Divine logic doesn’t always make sense in the human realm. So when God asks us to act, it often doesn’t make sense–at first.
Jeff and Heather Pubols are missionaries serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. Up until last March, they were working in South Africa sharing an office with YWAM’s African communications team.
Heather says, “At that time I was the Director of Communications for Wycliffe Africa Area. It was a very good and natural connection for us there, so we enjoyed a great working relationship with AfriCom while we lived in South Africa.” Jeff worked remotely for Europe and Africa with computer support.
The couple fit right in where they were working, and God blessed them immensely. Heather says, “When we were in South Africa, we developed a community that we became close to: people we worked with on a regular basis, people we went to church with, friends we would hang out with.” Even though they were comfortable where they were, they felt that God was calling them somewhere else. That somewhere else is Germany.
“The hardest part about leaving there was leaving our community behind,” Heather says. “So even though we’ve known and felt that God was moving us to a new place, it was very difficult for us to come to terms with. Going to a new place means leaving behind all these people that you’ve come to know well and [have] become a part of their community.”
The Pubols arrived back in the U.S. in March 2013 to be on their home assignment–a time for Wycliffe missionaries to reconnect and recuperate. “In addition to the normal activities of a home assignment,” Heather explains, “Jeff and I were also preparing to relocate to Europe, so we’re having to increase our budget.”
The gap in funding remains, so the couple started a campaign called 100% in 100 days. Their goal is to obtain the remaining funds by May 15. If you would like to participate in this campaign, click here.
Jeff highlights another way we’re called to lift each other up: “I think prayer is always the biggest need. Without prayer, I don’t think anything else falls into place. Pray for funding of course, but pray that we can finish up our family responsibilities here. Also prayer that we’ll fit in nicely in our new location.”
In both regards, the couple says that they could not do their ministry without supporters like you. Please keep them in your prayers during this transition. Pray that missionaries like them would continue to make a real impact on the hearts of those who do not yet have a relationship with God.