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Let there be LIGHT!

Luke and I were praying late one night, I had a picture of us in a dark room at a table with a desk lamp on it. When the light bulb went out, it was pitch black and I felt around to find a window where I flung the curtains back. As soon as I did, a bright light flooded the room and I was blinded for a moment but as soon as my eyes adjusted, I saw EVERYTHING so clear.

This season has been very much that for us. We have been operating under a desk lamp when He’s wanted us to see so much more... But the light bulb had to burn out, leaving us in desperation and dependence on Him to guide us. We’ve been stepping out in the dark in complete and utter trust that He will shed light.

As we have struggled through, its like we’ve pulled back the curtains made of presumption, pride and fear to let not only our Father in more but others in too. Its like just barely cracking open the doors of a floodgate. Once its open, its ALL coming out! To be honest… I think we feel a bit blinded by it all. All we know is that our eyes are adjusting and we’re seeing a bit more each moment but it’s still unexpected what is before us.

We have been humbled by God’s faithfulness time and time again. In the last week, we have seen our urgent needs of $2000 taken care of in a matter of hours as the money was needed that day. HOURS! How crazy and amazing is that?! We have seen another $2000 come in bringing our need for this month down to $5500. We have been told that our kids have been adopted in a Christmas Gift drive, as He provides for ALL of us – even the little ones. What a faithful God we serve!

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The Eleventh Hour


Hi Friends,

We are asking for prayer as we seek the Lord today. For details please read our story below...

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Hey Friends!

I wanted to follow up from our ‘Keep the Haythorpes in Missions’ blog.

First, thank you to those who responded! We

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The other night we were heading out to have dinner with some new friends. In the car, we engaged in our first real conversation with each other the whole day – as you do when you are working and have 4 little munchkins taking up most of the attention. Before we knew it, our superficial conversation turned in to an argument as we breached the conversation of finance. ARGH! The story of most arguments. Our blow up was about the massive needs we have and how they are stacking up higher and higher right before our eyes. Naturally, we both have different responses to this subject and it was still unresolved by the time we made it to the house.

Leaving the conversation behind us, we had a great time getting to know this couple better. The guys talked about guitars as both men are musicians. We talked about ministry, marriage, and family. They were a breath of fresh air to us as we tried forgetting all the drama of our argument.

As we getting up to leave, the men headed off into the other room. Us girls stayed in the



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Keep the Haythorpes in missions!... seriously. ☺

Suffering in Silence
A few years back, our really good friend and old ministry director Robyn Mulligan was praying for us. She said, “When I think of Luke and Ang… I think of perseverance… You guys always seem to quietly push through no matter how hard the circumstances get, yet you do it in silence. Keep letting people in.” This came to mind today as Luke and I were praying. Our silence has never been intentional, I think over the years we have been jaded by many missionary newsletters with the urgency of some kind of need and maybe we haven’t wanted to bombard people with our own needs.

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SeptEMBER is here… and we must say things are truly rolling along!!

FAMILY
On the family front, Joy and Kindi are both in school

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Meeting our Needs

And He continues to do it...

I'm sure there are a quite a few people on the outside who look at us and literally think we are insane! Our lives in no way, shape or form make sense... we are living life completely on the edge.

It is no secret we've been in a financial struggle since moving to America. And although we have had to triple our cost of living, we are SO BLESSED to have a small and faithful team who continues to support the ministry through thick and thin... really, we are blessed.

Due to our "state of need", we have had a lot of questions of  'why?' asked of us... especially since we are doing this in public and are inviting the questions and input. We do have practical answers for all these things, yet I am aware that there is a much deeper curiosity and desire to want to know 'why?'

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So, we spent our first 4th of July here in America. It was a pretty mellow day overall and after the kids being confused SEVERAL times over what country we're in and which country's birthday it is... we basically came to one simple explanation and that was that.

We shared how God blessed the people who wanted to serve him with all their hearts and made them a free people. And that we need to live like that every day and he will always make a way for us to serve him with our whole hearts. They can understand that much. ;)

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Just this last week we reached our 9 year wedding anniversary! 


Thinking that next year we reach our first big milestone... 10 years of marriage, I was prompted to go research what the traditions are and what it means.


Traditionally, the symbol gift is tin/aluminum. It kind of makes me laugh to see 'aluminum' be the gift as this reminds me of one of the first debates we had in married life. A lot like the the "tomato [tuh-mey-toh]/ tamato [tuh-mah-toh]" argument. 


Being from two english speaking countries the language barrier is more a set of debates about how things should be pronounced... like 'aluminum'. We Americans like to say [uh-loo-muh-nuhm] in Australia they say [al-u-mhin-ee-uhm]. The only conclusion we came up with was, you say it the way you want and I'll say it how I want... lets call the whole thing off. 


The significance of the aluminum is a symbol of how marriage needs to be flexible and durable and how it can be bent without being broken. We have been merely scratching the surface of this as we near our first big milestone of marriage. 

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Summer Camp!

Joy recently had her first experience of Summer Camp!

Joy received a scholarship for a 1 week computer and soccer camp at Stanford University. She was nervous and excited as we took her into tour the facility. Upon return, we found it might be a tough transition as there has been so many changes over the last year but she came back with nothing but good reports and of course how AWESOME she is at video games. ;)

Even though she found it hard we urged her to try it again and she went back for another day. She came back and said, "Soccer is really hard!". We chuckled with her, knowing it would have been as their coach is a coach for Santa Clara University. :)

So after debrief of the day, we sent her with the kids to go out and play. THEN within a half an hour we hear crying... Joy dropped one of the rocks from the stone wall in our backyard on her foot!

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FUN IN THE SUN!

America has brought many pleasant things to us like an endless cereal aisle, plentiful options of fast food, new television shows but most importantly a summer where you have really no need to find the nearest air conditoner... its just nice pleasent summer days. The kids will go out for HOURS and become explorers, ninjas, baseball players or tigers. They love every moment!

Recently, they were just introduced to the Slip'n Slide. I remember as a kid, My brothers and I used to lay plastic (that dad would bring home from work)  down across the lawn, placing bricks on all four corners (dangerous, I know now) and squirt dish soap across the surface. We'd have the hose pouring out in the middle... you know, to get a longer sliding distance and we'd keep going until either someone was injured or got in trouble... which was pretty often. It is one of my fondest memories.

Anyway, some visiting friends bought the kids a REAL slip'n slide!  It took a little while for them to get the idea of this foreign concept but once they got it... they were SOLD on it! As childhood memories races back, my heart was full and I saw the joy and innocence of my littlies. How they just love life and fun in the sun! I love that. It makes me love life just a little bit more.




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PATIENCE & PROVISION!





...Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.


Patience?...  Endurance?...  Together? I think that I'm a pretty patient person. Usually, with 4 kids and a spouse, I am waiting for my turn to sit down and eat or even have a 2 minute potty break. However, when it comes to waiting days or even months for something, my patience tends to run thin. So patience and endurance, hand in hand, is something I find hard to grasp.


When we first arrived in America, we had little to show for 10 years of being in the mission field. We had 9 bags, 3 guitars, 2 car seats and 7 carry-ons as our only possessions... we knew we were starting afresh but we had no idea that God had so many lessons in store for us.




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YAY! We have a home!

Time was up! We didn't have a place to go to.  We had outgrown our living situation and it was time to move on.  Our Ember Ink Staff Retreat was upon us and we had 3 staff coming so we could meet and pray and get direction for the year. Two of them were returning home until they sorted some things out to come back out and one was staying. We NEEDED a place to live. It was time.

We had our Staff Retreat in San Francisco and stayed at the YWAM Base. We had planned a 10-day retreat but there was only accommodation for 7 days. So we were trying to figure out what to do... Options were limited because of low funding and no vehicle. We also had all the kids so it made it more challenging. However, our bigger concern was when the 10 days were up, where were we going to live?!

About the second day in, we received an email from a church friend saying they were going on a vacation for 10 days and offered their home for us to house sit, if we were interested.  It was a 5 bedroom house so we had room for us and the team! They also offered the use of their car! It was a double answer to prayer.

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God's Provision


Since we have arrived here in California we have seen incredible provision for our family, and in all kinds of ways.

Within the first month I (Luke) got a job that, up to this point in time, has helped us transition to a life in America... Last week though, I met with a Pastor of a church that has been looking for a new Worship Director. Long story-short, I have accepted an interim Worship Director position at the church for six months. This is a huge thing for us as it will give us time to transition into full-time ministry again. It has been a journey of waiting on God and then obeying when He speaks, even if there appears to be no sense or logic to it.

For me personally it has been an incredibly stretching time as so often I put my thoughts before His and I am learning to let go and trust His leading...

We are excited to see what is next with His provision, we hope to update everyone with news soon of a house and car but truly we are content to wait on His timing... We really don't have the strength to do it on our own, that is why it is so freeing to trust Him, He designed us to need Him not for us to do it alone!!!

We have also been so blessed with the many friendships and networking opportunities that have sprung up, we have much to be thankful for!!!

We love you all and are excited that as we all draw closer to Him, incredible things happen and even if circumstances may be dictating otherwise it is just an opportunity to call on His name!!!

Stay Tuned!!

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Leap of Faith

Today as we prayed and waited before God, we we're encouraged and inspired. He gave us these verses...

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Daniel 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knowing that even though they couldn't see the whole picture, whatever the outcome was... it would be for the glory of the God that they knew intimately and loved. Even when facing death, they stood to their convictions. Whether or not God would save them, they knew He would use it to further His kingdom. It didn't matter whether it impacted a nation or just a few people. This testimony would be used regardless and so they stepped out in blind faith, standing only on God's word. Fortunately God's plan was to supernaturally intervened and they were saved!

The impact was probably more than they could have ever imagined. It says in verses 28 and 29: Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

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Flying High

'Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in "the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2). The saint's duty is to be still and listen. There is a "darkness" that comes from too much light-that is the time to listen... When God gives you vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on his timing. (Isaiah 50:10-11)'
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)



In this journey, I have no doubt had my ups and downs. And although I am incredibly confident that we have heard God clearly, I still have my moments of "what are we doing?" as the time passes and things have not turned out how I'd expected. You might say we have been in our "shadow" moment.

The word that we keep getting from God is to "wait" but as you know, WAITING IS SO HARD TO DO! However, I will tell you that as we wait and practice patience it is SO TRUE that 'those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired,  They will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).'

God has opened SO MANY doors for us as we've been here! So far we have literally seen God bring to us ministry contacts that go way beyond what we've expected. We have had chances not only to meet people who share the same passion and heart as us but we have also had the chance to meet key people

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