Sometimes this kind of work is discouraging. Just so you have an idea of how the economy affects everyone, a church (our largest supporter) just notified us that their support for our ministry will decline by 50% beginning next year. That means a pay cut of $800/month. That may not seem like a whole lot, but to us it is. Put that together with the fact we have a baby due early next year, and, well, you get the picture.

In other news, I am off to Scotland later this month and will be there for about two months, working seriously and (let's hope) productively on my dissertation.

Your prayers are coveted. Oh yeah, and I'll be at the Papal Mass.


abu 'n um tulip said…
Have you asked them how many short-term trips they are sending out in the coming year?
Abu Daoud said…
Salam ya Abu Tulip,

;-) Yep, this is an issue, isn't it? I really do think they are cutting funding to full-timers who do the long boring work of doing silly things like, you know, learning the local language and culture, for the sake of engaging in (can I use this word?) rather masturbatory self-indulgence of 'look what we did!' A short-term mission often could support a full-time family for half a year, maybe more. So yeah, that's one factor. The main one is that the church just split. Kyrie Eleison. Let's Skype some time.
Anonymous said…
Praise all to ALLAH, who say:

Lo! those who disbelieve spend their wealth in order that they may debar (men) from the way of Allah. They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell, (Anfal:36)

Thank you ALLAH..

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