Eric & Wendy Eldridge, Act Beyond & Eden Women's Ministries
As many of you know, Wendy and I (Eric) joined Mission to Unreached Peoples back in 2002 and spent our first 6-years in China (Eden Ministries is a project of MUP), followed by 5 more years here in Texas. As of October 1st, Mission to Unreached Peoples is now 'Act Beyond". We are excited about the new name change since it's much more than just a name change.
Personally, I have been spending the past several months working on all of the details for the name change including logo, website, new online database engine, literature, etc. So, I am very excited to finally be able to tell you that it's done!
Why the name change?
It's a new name for an organization that has a vision to Act Beyond what we have done before as an organization and Act Beyond what other Christians have already started among challenging unreached peoples. We are thrilled for our new God-given name. It is a mandate-it is an INVITATION. It focuses us beyond ourselves personally and organizationally. It focuses us beyond where the Gospel has already been. It focuses us on God’s amazing ability to Act Beyond all we can ask or imagine. It invites new missionaries. It invites advocates who champion the cause of reaching unreached people groups to know we welcome their partnership. It indicates a commitment to constant innovation and freshness. It pushes us beyond old patterns that do not change societies from within.
I encourage you to check out our new website at Beyond.org And, be sure to also check out our exciting new video at our website's homepage and also at http://vimeo.com/76341533. This new video does a great job explaining in a very intimate way what Act Beyond is about. We thank you for your support and your prayers for our ministry! For those of you who financially support our ministry, you may continue to give to either organization name for a while. However, at some point, you should change the recipient of any donations to Act Beyond instead of Mission to Unreached Peoples. The address remains the same.
Wendy is managing the USA operations for Eden Women’s Ministries which Wendy co-founded in 2003. The jewelry business has grown since its inception in 2005. God has brought many new customers, resellers, and partners to Eden to help develop this Business as Mission platform. There are now workshops in two different cities in China with over 40 girls employeed. Wendy returns to China often to minister to the girls, engage with local operations staff, and encourage the workers of the ministry.
Hi Friends and Partners in the work,
Thank you for your faithful support in prayers and your encouraging notes. If not for that, I wonder how much worse things would be. As it is, we are inconvenienced but not harmed. To add to the long list of things that went wrong, Eric was an hour ago hit in the rear, plunging his car forward into the car in front, totaling his car. His adrenaline is still running; he at present cannot see any bodily harm.
Yet, the victory from last week was very sweet. The retreat went without a glitch. I am in awe of how God orchestrated changes in our schedule and planning to perfect this trip. Every girl that came to the retreat was touched by a word from our Lord; We had extended individual ministry time and prayed for half the girls at the retreat. The dresses we brought with us were pre-ordained by God – matching even shoes and bras (Not everyone wears baby blue bras everyday) that the girls came with. (Thank you, all you who have donated dresses for this event!) The team building time helped resolve some issues and brought the girls closer as a body.
While our team ministered to the kindergarten children from the shelter, I was released to take care of business, meeting with our new business consultant, working on pricing models, website redesign, catching up with workshop production issues and even had time to do some product sourcing, resulting in about 20 new tentative product designs for a specific customer – He multiplies the time.
So what if the plane’s engine blew on takeoff resulting in a 43 hour journey to China, cancelled hotel rooms, searching for new hotels, 4 days of lost luggage, 30 people with hotel reservations rescheduled for the retreat, losing team members in China, screaming baby as a seat mate for 14 hours, loss of all spending money for the team, missing laptop and then a cracked screen…. these are all inconveniences that each on hindsight worked for good to His glory. There was a solution for all the obstacles.
I am not sure if you all got to watch this short testimony about Eden. This is what you have signed up to partner with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8-fT_SMeTA&feature=youtu.be
Do continue to pray for my unbelieving father as I spend the next few days here with him in Singapore; and pray covering over my family and children. (They take the PSAT test tomorrow.)
Bless you for your prayers and partnership with us!