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We survived the Gulf of Mexico once again, and once again it wasn’t fun. Oh well, whatdya gonna do? There wasn’t a lot of wind, and half the time, the current was pushing us in the wrong direction. However, we got to see a water spout; we also experienced a line of squalls (brief storms with high winds and sometimes rain). The winds were at least 30 knots, but it was brief and provided some much needed excitement, and a cool breeze.

Cannibal is “home” in Kemah, Tx at a marina for a few months. We will be in the process of transitioning back into “normal” life. Currently, we are in OKC picking up our boys, our dog, and our truck. We really like the marina so far. The pool is right by the boat, the restrooms/showers are nice, the other liveaboards are nice, there are a few other doggies… I think it’s going to be good.

Now it’s time to raise ministry funds and acquire a vessel large enough to carry supplies to missionaries. We have plenty of items ready to go… we just need God to provide the ship and the funds. John will be working on raising funds and booking speaking engagements, and looking for a ship. Vacation is over, its time to work!! You can keep up with the ministry progress at www.sevenseasministries.us!

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Well we did it! We managed to hang around the US until the end of the year. This is not what we had in mind. But everything takes a little longer on a boat. So in order to help maintain our sanity we are going to do a brief recap of our activities aboard since September. We have come a long way, even though we haven’t gone very far. Read the rest of this entry »

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Good news! I spoke with the Coast Guard today and received approval to take the tests to renew my license. We hadn’t anticipated any problems but the approval has taken almost a month so we were anxious to hear back from them. Now I need to begin in earnest studying for the tests. Yes that’s plural. Since my license had expired more than a year ago, I must take ALL of the original tests over. Yikes! It will consist of about 8 or 9 different tests taken morning and afternoon for four days.  I’m not sure yet when I’ll be scheduling them. I’ve got some studying to do.

The good thing is that this is a significant step for our ministry. Once my license is renewed, I’ll be qualified to act as captain of the ship we eventually get for Seven Seas Ministries. It’s very exciting to think about that day getting closer. In the mean time, the studying and license renewal will also help ensure that I am ready to captain our family sailboat on our upcoming voyage.

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Well, as you have read, we are incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Oklahoma. As they say at Staples, “That was easy!” But now for the follow-up work of getting the more significant Federal recognition. The final goal is to become a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization. This requires lots of “t” crossing and “i” dotting. Since we have some questions about the best way to represent our ministry so that we are able to expand in the future, we have elected to enlist the assistance of a professional (lawyer). I’ll be sending our information to them tomorrow and should then be just an interview or two (and a couple of thousand bucks!) away from being a 501(c)3. In the meantime all donations to our ministry are tax deductible contingent on our receiving our federal approval. Once received, our federal approval will be backdated to our date of state incorporation . . .  does your head hurt yet? Are your eyes glazing over?

Yeah . . . me too. I guess lawyers really do earn their money!

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We’re officially an organization. John submitted Articles of Incorporation towards the application for a 501(c)3 and we will have an EIN number later this afternoon. We are opening the checking account for the ministry this afternoon, and depositing our first donation!!! How exciting! It’s amazing to see God work…we are blown away!

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I just want to take a moment and say “thank you” to all of you who have provided us with encouragement and assistance. We have had countless words of encouragement; much prayer; and specific assistance. We have received a couple of offers to store our belongings while we’re gone; and just yesterday we were offered the free use of a friend’s airplane and pilot to help in our search for a boat. We cannot thank all of you enough! We are so pumped about how this is all coming together. God truly is faithful and He uses regular people like you and me to see His plans come to pass.

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