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the many relationships, the dedication of the people, and the source of comfort they are for one another. I felt blessed and lonely at the same time—the loneliness of not feeling a part of our church family and the blessing of being part of a new church family each week experiencing the unity of being together in Christ. It truly is a marvellous thing. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23). I am thankful for many lessons the Lord taught me on deputation. I feel blessed that the Lord allowed us this experience. It is an honor to serve the Lord in any capacity; however, I feel especially honored that He allowed us to experience our life of faith in a new and living way. I am also thankful for the many church families who embraced us and have chosen to partner with us, supporting us prayerfully and financially—we are truly honored by each one. As we end deputation and embark on the beginning of our next church plant, we do so with great hope and expectancy. The Lord has increased our faith and our confidence in Him and in His provision. We accept what He chooses to give and what He chooses not to give. We are confident He will give us what He knows we need, and we trust that if He has not provided something, it is because we do not need it. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11). I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13). To missionary wives on deputation, God bless you! It is not an easy trail to travel, but certainly one filled with blessings and precious life lessons others may never truly grasp or fully understand. To churches inviting missionaries—thank you for welcoming a family with a call, a burden, and a mission to fulfill God’s will in taking the Gospel to the lost and dying world. Thank you for allowing missionaries to be a part of your family. To our BIMI family—thank you for your help, encouragement, and support. It is a huge boost to know there are those who believe in you, cheer you on, and are with you especially during those times you feel alone. We are thankful that though deputation is over, we still have this family and tremendous support system behind us. To our family—thank you for your constant love and support and for letting us enjoy extended visits with you. That has been one of the best parts of being on deputation! We are truly blessed beyond measure. W David and Teresa Azzarello are BIMI USA church planters in California. They have started a new church in Ventura (see next article). 15