Dear Family & Friends,
I apologize that it has been two months since we last sent a newsletter. First let me say that Pat is continuing to improve from the emotional breakdown that occurred in December. As a result, Pat was not going to go overseas with our team this year. I had planned to go for three weeks of the Romania portion of the trip later this month. However, since Pat is not driving yet and needs my assistance, I have decided to forgo the Romania trip. I am sad that I will not be able to lead our team, but they all said they would cover it for us. I am so pleased we have such awesome couples as teammates.
As I think about not leading the team and ministering in three different countries, I am sad. However, I have a peace about my decision, because I am doing the very thing we teach. The Great Commandment came before the Great Commission. My sweetheart comes before ministry.
Haven of Hope is funding the room & board for the attending couples that are signed up for the 3-day "Marriage Intensive." So it will continue to be a gift for them.
As we began 2017, we have found that we have lost $9,000 a year in support, which does not affect this year, but it will affect next year on where we go, how many couples that we can serve, and may ultimately limit our ability to continue going. God has blessed Haven of Hope so much by allowing us to help missionary couples. Will you please pray and ask the Lord if you should begin to support our ministry? If you already are, we are so grateful, and we are equally grateful for those of you willing to consider doing so.
We send our love and prayers,
Mark & Pat
Mark & Pat Juarez