The Mathis Monthly
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” –Philippians 3:8-9
We are super excited to be able to share with you what all we know about our summer trip to New York. We hope that you will prayerfully consider how you can help us in that endeavor. Last month our support was significantly low and it was difficult to pay all the bills. Thank you for your continued prayers and support, without you out journey thorough seminary would not be possible. Remember that you can keep up with us on a more frequent basis by our Facebook pages (facebook.com/ryansinterntim, facebook.com/MaeLeeAmanda) and our Twitter pages (@Timothy_Mathis, @MrsMaeLeeMathis). Also, remember that you can call us at (334) 434-2899 (Tim), (334) 329-8221 (MaeLee) or email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with questions about the program or support, or you can contact us anytime with prayer requests or just to talk. Our address is 1377 Hampton Drive Auburn, AL 36830.
Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, NY
We have finally been placed for our summer inNew York. We will be serving in the Forest Hills community inQueens.Forest Hillspopulation is 112,333 living in 4.38 square miles. The median age is 42 and the median household income is $71,000.Forest Hillsmay be the most strategic place to share the gospel with Bukharan Jews. We will be working with church planter Nathan Creitz. Nathan has only been working in the area for a little over a month, so we will be seeing the very beginning of a church plant. Our role will be mostly doing outreach in the community to build a core group of believers and hopefully get them plugged into small group Bible studies.
Going for the summer will require some financial assistance. As of right now we will need to raise $2,797 for the entire summer. This will encompass all the expenses we need. If you would like to help support us on this summer mission trip, please make all checks out to me and in the “for” section of the check please specify that it is for New York. If you have been unable to support us thus far this may be a chance to help us in that way.
I am almost done with class for the semester. I have three more days of Old Testament and have a few more papers to write before I am done. Once I am done with this semesters classes I will have to start reading books for The Southern Baptist Convention class I will be taking in June. You can be praying for me that I can persevere through all the reading while trying to enjoy a little time off. This semester has been very beneficial to my spiritual growth and development. Thank you for praying for my schooling, because it is very strenuous at times and can be hard.
The Barnabas Factors and Church Planter
The most beneficial class for me this semester has been Church Planting. This is a subject that I knew little about coming into seminary but felt like it was something God may have us do after graduation. The two books that were most beneficial to me on this topic were The Barnabas Factors The Barnabas Factors by J.D. Payne and Church Planter by Darrin Patrick. These books are easy reads and are not as long as most books we read. If you are interested in the topic of church planting these would be good books to read that are not too hard to understand. I would encourage you all to ask your pastors what type of church planting work is being done through your local body of believers.
Accepted to Auburn
I (MaeLee) have been accepted toAuburnUniversity! We decided that I needed to apply to transfer toAuburnbecause it would save us time and gas without having to commute toMontgomerytwice per week. I would have had to drive every day toMontgomeryin the fall and get home around 11 P.M. two nights per week. So, that is our reasons for me transferring schools.
I have met and spoke with my new adviser atAuburnand I have to do 5 more days of student teaching before the end of the semester for the education program atAuburn. Tim and I have been on a campus tour and heard all the interesting history facts about the campus, which was a lot of fun.
I have started taking finals and wrote my final papers for the semester. I will be done with school on May 8th. Please continue to pray for us as we need strength to persevere and that we stay encouraged through the last days of the semester.
Counting all things loss,
Timothy and MaeLee Mathis