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London Update – IT’S ON!!

Moving Toward London

Plans are coming together for getting on the ground!

Hello everyone!
We have been holding off sending our latest correspondence for some things to line up and now we are able to share with you some very exciting news:

We are currently making plans for actual deployment to Southall for the first week of March!

The time has come and the wheels are in motion for the next chapter in our journey to begin. The plan as we know it now is to travel with the family to Toronto for our pre-field mission training the last two weeks of February. Following that, we would go on to London the first week of March. We are working toward getting out of our apartment in Franklin by the end of January, which would allow us to spend a couple of weeks with our family in East TN before going on to training.

Our plans for tent-making through a community music school have been well-recieved on all fronts. We are very exited about the potential for this business/outreach opportunity on the ground in Southall. This timetable allows for us to get the wheels up on the classes in the spring, hopefully leading to a influx of students on summer break.

We still have around $1000 a month of support to shore up before we leave, so we are actively seeking new monthly partners at every level who would like to jump on board with us now that departure for the field is near. If you are interested at all, please click the link below and sign up for a monthly or yearly tax-deductible donation through our sending agency, Serge.

CLICK HERE TO PARTNER WITH THE CUNDALLS

We will be hosting a “Dollywood To Bollywood” Dinner and Concert fund-raiser on January 13 at Christ Community Church in Franklin TN. There are some very special musical guests that are planning to stop by, so it should a great night of music and Indian food. Please mark your calendars and come join us for this very special night for our family as we prepare to deploy.

We covet your prayers for the coming months in our lives. There will be much grieving and stress for us as we make this titanic shift in the lives’ of many people in and around our family. Please pray for peace for everyone involved, especially our children, Aria, Aja & Koa. It feels like we have reached the top of the roller coaster and it is more than a little scary up here as we begin to realize just how steep that next bit is going to be. But God is good and He has made His presence known to us through this process. We know He is with us as we move ahead.

Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity. It is because of your generosity that we are able to finally see what God has in store for our family as we step out to serve His Kingdom through Southall, London and the world.

We will keep you posted as all of this begins to go into motion.
Blessings and thanks to all of you!
Brent, Temple, Aria, Aja & Koa Cundall

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A Plan For Tent-Making In London

After much prayer, consideration and input from a recent trip to London, we are very excited to announce a new chapter on this journey to serve in London. A plan has come together through the Serge sending center and the London team that would allow us to use 50% of our monthly support needs to work part-time for the churches there. The rest of the time during the week would be devoted to starting a music school that would finance the remaining 50% of our support needs on the ground. The money earned through the music school would be in British pounds chichi is beneficial to us because of the transfer rate.

Our conversations in Southall have pointed us to the fact that there is a large demand for basic guitar and drum lessons in the community but few teachers around to provide the lessons. Combine these lessons with pre-school music classes for the young kids (which Temple teaches now) and then add a “School of Rock” for the older kids and we feel there is a great opportunity not only for financial profit but outreach in the community as well.

We will still be serving three different church plants in the London area as planned. We will be serving their worship teams and their communication needs as well. We won’t be able to do as much as we had planned, but we feel that the potential outreach that could come from teaching music in the community and using the church facilities as the location for much of this teaching more than make up for this. It’s a great opportunity for relationship building with our students and their families and with the larger Southall community.

We are now planning on a January 2015 deployment.

That’s right, only four months from now. There will still be some support-raising to do. We still will need approximately $1500 a month more in monthly support. We hope that you would prayerfully consider coming on board as a monthly supporter now and be a part of this journey with us. And if you are a current supporter, please consider increasing your support here at this vital point in the journey.

We are very close, but we still need your help.

Click HERE to partner with our family on a monthy or yearly basis.

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy a free MP3 From Temple & Brent!

A new Take On An Old Tune

My Country ‘Tis of Thee: We had the privilege of performing at a benefit to raise money for Music City Honor Flights, an organization that sends WWII veterans to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial. In preparation for the day, we worked up an arrangement of the patriotic hymn, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, moving some chords around and trying to cast the song in a little different light. The result is the song that we recently performed in video on YouTube and have just released on iTunes.

      FREE FOR JULY 4th 2014! ENJOY!!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SONG FROM iTunes.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FROM AMAZON MP3

Thanks so much!
Temple & Brent Cundall

 

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Here is a video of Temple and Brent performing this tune on YouTube recently:

 

Here is a video using our version of the song that was put together by our friend James Wilson at Relative Productions in Knoxville.

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The Blessings of Raising Support

When my family decided to answer the call to missionary service, we didn’t realize that we had just become professional fund-raisers.

The missionary model of support is a strange one. Some church denominations send missionaries through a centralized board that is financed by each of the churches in the denomination. Missionaries are approved for service in a particular region by this board and funds are allocated for their ministry accordingly. In this way each person tithing to these churches is in an indirect way supporting missionaries all over the world.

That is not how our denomination does it.

Our church and our sending agency, World Harvest Missions, follow a more common model where each missionary must raise their own support before they can be sent to the field. That money is what will get us over to London, and the continued support of our partners is what will pay my salary and keep us on the field. This means that we have to reach out to individuals and churches independently in the hopes that they will “get” our vision and calling and partner with us financially. It is a tougher row to hoe in many respects. Especially since my wife and I are not really wired for asking people to give us money.

I grew up with a work ethic that says that you are paid for the work that you do. Do good work, climb the ladder, grow your skills – then reap the benefits of this hard work and be compensated accordingly. This new model of raising support BEFORE you can do work is in many ways foreign to me. Not to mention that it demands putting a serious check on my personal pride.

But maybe this is a good thing.

Raising support is definitely a struggle. We have no guarantees that the support needed will actually come, so we can’t really plan for the next year of our family’s life. We hope to deploy to London in September of this year, but we also have to make backup plans. This is a very tough space to be in sometimes and my wife and I both struggle with the uncertainty. However, this uncertainty requires that we have a more true dependence on God. We can’t just talk about faith, we have to truly live each day as it comes, believing in God to lead us and provide for us.

But maybe this is a good thing.

This model of support means that we must reach out to many people, in many different ways. We have done concerts, held events like Fun Runs and St. Patty’s Day parties, sent correspondence via mail & every electronic venue available and spoken to churches, Sunday school classes & small groups. This has put us on the road, out of our element and in front of countless strangers, who we pray will not only get this vision, but decide to be a part of it.

It has also put people in our path that bless us in huge and amazing ways. We have partners giving literally thousands of dollars to our ministry. We have met missionaries who have prayed with us and spoken into our lives in very personal and powerful ways. We have performed music for churches and groups and gotten to see the Holy Spirit move through the room. We have seen the movement of the Kingdom through the generosity and support of God’s people around us.

I know that this is a good thing.

While it would be easier for us to accept one large check from a mission board to finance our family and our ministry, it would not lead us into relationship with the amazing folks that are supporting us now and, hopefully, for the next five years. It would not connect us directly to the individuals that are generously sharing their money, their lives and their blessings with our family. It would not allow us to put faces on these acts of generosity and to thank them all personally.

This is a very good thing and perhaps a big reason that we are on this path, no matter where the final destination turns out to be. We pray to be sent to London, but in the end we are blessed just to be on the journey. By going on the mission field, our family is sharing our love for the people of India and expressing our gratitude for the wonderful blessings that God has shared with us, and they are many. We are putting ourselves on God’s time and seeking His plan for our lives.

This is a wonderful thing, even through the struggles.

Brent Cundall
Jan. 21, 2014

 

 

Why Support Is So Important This Early In The Mission Journey

As Temple and I continue down the path to missional service in London with World Harvest, a large part of our current efforts involves raising financial support and recruiting partners for our ministry. During these efforts, I have come across a question regarding financial support for us that I would like to clarify and unpack a little. It usually goes something like this:

“So, if you guys aren’t deploying to the field until June 2013, why should we support your ministry now, over a year away?”

Excellent question. We do plan to deploy in June 2013 and, yes, that sure seems like a long way off. In some ways it is, but in others, it really is not that far off.

It helps to understand that the June 2013 is a goal, contingent on us raising enough support to send us to the field. That support has to come in two forms. One of those forms is in “recurring monthly support”. Our recurring monthly support goal is a little over $11,000 per month. This is the amount that we have to have coming in every month to keep us on the field in Southall. It factors in living expenses for our family of five in Southall, as well as ministry expenses to do the work that we are called to do.. That is a very large amount and will take dozens of support partners to achieve.

The other form of support that we must raise is “one-time expenses”, which total over $50,000. This money will cover all of our moving expenses before and after our term of service, lease expenses for our housing, travel to and from London before we deploy, and other ministry set-up costs to get things moving on the ground in Southall. This is also a large amount of money that we are praying that the Lord will provide through generous ministry partners.

It is also a crucial amount in seeing us actually deploy to the field.

Which is why our support partners are so necessary at this stage in the game. All moneys raised until our deployment, whether in one-time gifts or recurring monthly support goes into our “one-time expenses” account. So if a partner is currently supporting our ministry with $100 a month of recurring payments, then they would actually be contributing almost $1500 to the $50,000 needed to get us to the field. Once we go full-time as missionaries, that amount would then go toward our regular monthly support needs.

That is why we are seeking ministry partners TODAY! The work to get us onto the field is already being done and there is a lot to do. We prayerfully hope to connect with partners that see this ministry commitment as ongoing, over 6 years, and currently in motion. The only way that this can happen is through God’s blessing, played out through the generosity of a large network of partners who commit to support us financially regularly and over a long time.

And every amount is a huge blessing, from $5 to $5000. It all will add up to provide the means for our family to answer God’s call in our lives to use our talents and gifts in serving the South Asian community in Southall. Please consider prayerfully becoming a ministry partner with us. All donations are tax-deductible as charitable giving and processed through our sending agency, World Harvest Mission. Your help is needed today and over the next 6 years to make this calling a reality.

Come with us and see what the Lord can do through our family and through your generosity!

Brent

Click the link below to go to our support page on the World Harvest site, where you can process one-time gifts and recurring monthly support through electronic funds transfer.

http://www.whm.org/give/missionary?ID=54006

2012 – Setting Our Sites On The Mission Field

As we begin the year prayerfully and with great anticipation, Temple and I are very excited to share the latest chapter in our journey to the mission field.

In December we spent a week at World Harvest Mission HQ in Philadelphia, truly wrestling with the possibilities and realities of taking our family into the field to serve in the South Asian community of Southall, in London. After much prayer, soul-searching, in-depth interviews and emotional toll-taking, we were approved for service by World Harvest and are now a missionary family in the support-raising phase of our ministry.

We are shooting for a June 2013 deployment, with a 5-year term on the field to follow.

We will spend the next 18 months working, playing and sharing with as many people as we can, in as many places as we can. All in the hope that the Lord will provide, through partners and supporters, all of the rather substantial resources that we will need to go into the field.

We are humbled and thrilled. And terrified. This will not be an easy route to take, but we believe the journey will be blessed. Our family has been mightily blessed by the Lord, so we gratefully accept the challenges He is calling us to undertake. How could we say “no”?

We hope you will consider partnering with our ministry as we seek to serve in the South Asian community of Southall. Our gifts of music, worship and communication will hopefully be a blessing to the New LIfe Masih Ghar church, as well as the other World Harvest church plants in London.

If you would like to support our ministry financially you can do so through the World Harvest Mission website. You can donate a one-time gift or sign up for recurring support payments. Click below to go to the site:

http://www.whm.org/give/missionary?ID=54006

 

We would also love to come share our music and our hearts for missions at you church. We can perform a concert with a message about worship, missions and Southall for any church or home fellowship group. Please contact us if you know of any church or group that would be open to us sharing there.

Thank you so much for your continued support for our ministry. Our family is  willing to step into service for the KIngdom, but we can’t do that without your help.

Blessings for a Happy 2012!

Brent, Temple, Aria, Aja and Koa Cundall