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% 0 Mac and Wilma Coffey Mediterranean Christian Mission Casella Postale 29 6 TOlOOar^ ITALY June 1985 c :  have thought of you often over the past few months, but have just not gotten to the typewriter to formulate our thoughts. Many things have happened during these months, many o f which th e space that we have allotted t o this  note will not permit us to mention. Just a few salient facts and an oppor tunity t greet you and thank you for the particular way in which YOU have ministered t our lives. / There were four major reasons for our taking recently what turned out to be slightly over a s i x month leave o f absence from th e field. Reason niir ab er one: a check-up f o r Mac i n a diagnostic clinic in th e USA. They found nothing dramatically wrong, but conf ir med what we already had begun to suspect— we're not as young as we used to be Reason number 2 was b natural outgrowth of the first t ree — visiting as many churches as possible accompanied by the painful decision as to which ones we would not be able to visit. We apologize to you wh o were left out due to the physical impossibility f getting around to all. Reasons number three and four: one of our children (Scott) was married in L.A., Calif. September 8, I984, and anot her (Val eri) was married i n Cincinnati, Ohio January 12, I985. To make two trips would have been foolish and financially impossible. So we sandwich ed the clinic visit between the two weddings and stayed f o r both. We returned to the field March 21 and have been as busy as health would permit ever since. Our daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Mi kal, came over f o r a visit just two weeks after u r return, an d we did take a week o u t t o ac company them a s far north as Florence before leaving them t o the fortunes and misfortunes o f European train travel a s they moved on through Switzerland and t o Paris, from whence they flew back t o t h e States. One of the highlights of ou r visit t o th e States took place March 3 , I985. First Christian Chur ch (Wilma's home church and a living link supporter) i n i Springfield, Ohio, surprised us with a  M LCOLM  ND WILM COPFEY - THIS IS YOUR_ y LIFE program at th e evening service o f t h e concluding day o f their fabulous / Faith Promis e program. To name the ones who attended would take several pages. But there were dear friends present from as f a r away a s Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia a s well a s Canton, Ohio, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The church ha d s e t up phone calls with Evelyn Jones i n Italy and o u r son, Scott, i n California. Son Mark and others sent tapes which were played during t h e program a n d there was a multitude o f letters an d cards. BlUss Peggy Hileman. I l l b e t sh e ha s no idea herself how many hours she put into planning and executing th e program, ^ along with t h e help of many valid co-vrorkers. And there we s a t on th e stage, listening t o a l l those complimentary comments, a n d feeling like  stand-ins f o r what must be a terrific couple At th e e n d we were given a check with t h e stipulation that we u s e i t f o r vacation time. In addition to t h e trip with Mikal a n d Tricia we still have some t o go yet. Because o f th e work we couldn t do i t a l l at once right away. THANK YOU FIRST CHRISTIAN AT SPRINGFIELD To s a y that there are n o problems would b e t o s a y that t h e work is static. B u t problems that exist n o t t o b e compared to the power Go d working through His sei^nts. However, please continue t o pray f o r th e progress o f HIS work here KNOW Different ones have asked us i n person o r b y mail wh y they were no longer o n t h e mailing list o f o ur publication  KNOW which we sent o u t f o r
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mail ing

had become absolu te ly prohib i t ive .

I t

was one

o f those

th ings t ha t

you

can* afford

NOT to

do

because

of i t s

news

coverage,

but the

governing

 bottom l ine i s when you can t afford TO do

it

We are sorry for th i s

neces

s i ty

which nei ther conforms to

our

des ire ,

nor

i s

i t of

our

making. Thus

we

dec ided , a long

with

Eveljm,

that

each of

us, both

she

and

we, would send

out

 p e r sona l

l tt rs

i n th e name o f t h e

Medi t e r r a ne an

Ch r i s t i a n

Miss ion

o f which

we a re bo th a p a r t . There a re s pe c ia l c on ta cts

which

she has made

over

th e

yea r s to

whom

she

sends .

Likewise ,

obviously

th e same is tz*ue

o f

us. There

wi l l obviously be

some overlapping, which i s

as it

should

be, since

we

have

many Christ ian f r iends in common.

This

i s

both

f inancial ly possible , and hope

ful ly , mpre personal

than

 KNOW

could

ever

be.

We are f la t te red tha t you

miss

it

and sorry t ha t

you

have to .

We would ask

you

to pray

with

us about a very

s er io u s ma t te r.

A

mission

t ha t has

been

act ive

fo r

a lo ng tim e can become l ike an e lde r ly

person

- put

on the she l f under the euphonic t i t l e of  golden years and

be

forgot ten because

it i s an   e s tab l ished mission . Over th e y ears and recent ly

we have received a

number of  Dear

John l e t t e r s

in fo rm ing u s t ha t

tha t

church s offer ings iwuld

no longer be

forthcoming because they f e l t

we were

an

 e s tab l ished

mission

and

tha t they should turn t he i r support to new workers. This i s t h e i r r ight . But

missions

are l ike

churches.

Preq.uently the more  es tablished they become,

the

more support i s

required

to keep them fimctioning. We are to ta l ly

in

favor of

the

support of new missionaries. In

fac t, in the

nex t parag raph we wil l

write

abi^ut a couple of

them. But

we think

that the foregoing

will

help you to

appre

ciate the

potential

problem (in our

case, actual) that

such a

way of

thinking

can

c r ea te .

Perhaps

th e words

o f

Je su s are appl icable her e j

  • • . .bu t

these

things

ye

ought

to have done, and not to have lef t

the other undone. (Matt.23:23)

Many 0 /

you already know, and

those who don t wil l be

happy to

learn

tha t

our younges t daughter (Valeri) and

her

husband (Steve Herrick)

plan

to

return

to I t a ly

in  86

as

missionaries .

Valer i

spent most of

her

l i f e here

and

Steve

spent

a summer internship

here

in J ta ly ,

so

he knows

 what

he s get t ing in to .

We recommend them to your

prayer program

and to you r suppo rt f inancial ly

sh ou ld y ou r hea r t s be moved in t h a t d i r ec t ion . We

a re

a l l

too aware o f the

long emd tedious road involved

in

^gaining

and mainta ining personal and

work

funds. We bel ieve

they

are we l l- q ua li fi ed t o f u l f i l l t h e i r dreams in the

Lord s

s e r v i c e h e r e .

You have read and heard much about the

st rong dol lar

and the weak

l i r e in

I ta ly,

I t i s a l l t rue from a t ou r i s t s viewpoint. What they fai led to t e l l

you i s

that

regarding

the essent ia ls

of everyday

l iv ing,

every time

the

value

of the dol l a r

has

r i sen, in f la t ion

has

pre t ty

well kept

pace with the r i se .

  e

thank God for His provision through you and fee l tha t a word to the wise i s

s u f f i c i e n t .

Again, thank you for making oxir

lives

more pleasant in His ser^ee, both

Stateside and

here

in Europe. Keep us in

your

prayers - they are sus ta in ing

and precious to

our

l ives and work. The grace

of

ow

Lord

J es us Chr is t be

with you Let us give

 od

glory. Ephesians 3j20, 21). ^

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