Thursday, November 29, 2007

Birthday Greetings,

Actually it is my birthday tomorrow. How old? Let’s put it this way. If I am middle age I will live to be 112 years old..

Vickie and I have had an incredibly busy couple of months. Along with ongoing missions services and ministry, the first week of October we found out that the house we have rented for five and one half years was going to be sold. After a day of “what now God?” we began to see His hand at work. There were so many blessings that happened in the next couple of weeks that we were just amazed.

  • What do we do with our household “stuff”? A dear friend, a true Christian business man, graciously agreed to purchase a 40 foot container for us to store things in when we move to Africa.
  • Where will we live? Our son Ryan suggested that we consider moving to Springfield, MO for the remaining few months to be near him and our daughter Cristi. What a great idea! Ryan was also able to help us find a house and we are totally enjoying getting in some “kid connection” time. Ryan and Cristi are both very busy but they seem to find time to squeeze in some of Mom’s home cooking.
  • The Kansas District Women’s Conference came along the first weekend in October and in spite of having a household to move Vickie found time to decorate the stage for the conference.
  • Just for fun I threw in an unexpected gallbladder attack on Saturday, October 6th and spent the day in two different hospitals. On the 10th of October I had my gallbladder removed. The Dr. told me not to “lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk”. RIGHT! With us in the middle of a move? I wish. Our container arrived two days after the surgery.
  • Trips to New Mexico, Nebraska and Missouri all seemed to blend together as well. I feel like we have “frequent flyer miles” with U-Haul. And of course, ITNERATION GOES ON!

“How is the budget raising coming?” Understandably, this seems to be the most often asked question. After a slow start, the last few months have been very good, thanks to many of you. If we were new candidates we would be on the field by now. The candidate budget is considerably smaller than the veteran missionary budget. The candidate starts from zero and the veteran builds on their already existing budget. BUT, we have the challenge of raising a veterans budget but starting from zero like a candidate. So obviously, we have the biggest challenge of all. Currently we are approaching 75% at this time. Monthly support is our primary need at this point. If you can help us finish this budget off with any amount of monthly support please go to:
God is good and He supplies. I heard it said once that if “it is God’s will then it is God’s bill.” He is providing and He has perfect timing. Thank you so much for your support and your prayers.

This is actually about our newsletter but I needed another “B” word to go with “busy” and “budget”.

We are currently mailing our last newsletter for the year. With some help from friends I am gong to attempt to attach our newsletters to this blog. No guarantees. My previous attempts to email newsletters have been a dismal failure, but I will not be deterred from trying again. Please pray.

Seriously, Vickie and I are excited about the calling on our hearts and we are honored to serve with the Africa Oasis team of missionaries. The needs for fresh water and the Living Water of Jesus Christ in Africa are overwhelming. Fortunately we have the opportunity to meet both those needs with your help.

Vickie and I want to take this opportunity to wish you the most blessed Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. May our gift giving make us ever mindful of the wonderful Gift that was given to us on that joyous morning.

Always your missionary servants,

Mark and Vickie Alexander

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Welcome, First Time Guests

Greetings to all of you who have just received our latest newsletter and are seeing our blog for the first time. We are still new to this medium but we will try and keep up with it as we can.

We are involved in several missions’ conventions this fall and we continue to crisscross the region holding missions services and sharing out burden for the Africa Oasis Project and the impact it has on the continent of Africa.

This coming Sunday (Sept. 16th) we are holding a service in Greensburg, KS. Vickie and I recently saw a group of people that had on T-shirts that said something like “From Greensburg, Thank you Kansas”. What a great spirit they have after the tragedy they suffered. May God continue to bless that community, the Assembly of God church and their wonderful Pastor, Christa Zampfe as they continue to rebuild.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

From the Gulf Coast after hurricane Katrina to Greensburg, Kansas after the tornado, distruction is evident, but so is resilient spirit of God's people. We had the opportunity to see both places and we were amazed at the devestation. But we also thought "our God is bigger than that." We held services in Crestview, Florida and we are scheduled for a missions service this month in Greensburg, Kansas. We can tell you that God has blessed so many people with their lives and their overcoming spirit. Our God is gracious. Even in the midst of the storms.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Greetings to Everyone,

Vickie was just doing some figuring today and she calculated that she had traveled over 7,000 miles in the last 17 days. All by car. That is life on the "itineration trail."

People have been so gracious as we have been in services across the country. We meet so many "new, old friends". New acquaintances that quickly become old friends.

More and more churches do not have traditional Sunday evening services in this day and age, so what we have been doing instead is making appointments to meet with Pastors and/or Missions Committees to share our heart for the Africa Oasis Project in West and Central Africa. So far these meetings have been very productive and encouraging.

With the recent change in our assignment our financial budget has been increased due to a higher cost of living in Togo. This brings with it many new challenges. The greatest need we have at this time is MONTHLY SUPPORT. There has been a wonderful outpouring of interest and desire to help with the Africa Oasis Project as we have traveled across the country. This is fantastic. But, we cannot minister to the people in need or start any projects UNTIL WE ARE IN AFRICA.

Please take advantage of the link to the top,right that will present you with the opportunity to make a monthly commitment online. This would be a tremendous blessing.

Until next time,

Your Missionary Mates

Mark & Vickie Alexander
AGWM Missionaries

Africa Oasis Project
West & Central Africa

Monday, June 4, 2007



Let us give you a bit of an update as to our situation.

If you received our most recent newsletter you may know that Vickie and I have recently been reassigned, geographically. Instead of Ethiopia we will be living in Lome, Togo, West Africa and working across the West and Central Africa Regions. Our assignment is still working with the Africa Oasis Project, but now in the 23 countries included in these two regions.

We are very excited about this change and we continue to feel the passion in our hearts to reach people in Africa with the Water of Life using fresh water as an evangelism tool.

The change in location and assignment has brought with it many other changes as well. Our monthly support budget has increased by 14% and the cost of living in Togo is 50% higher than Ethiopia. Of course that has a tremendous impact on everything related to our fund-raising and our departure date. Many of our friends ask the obvious question, “When are you leaving?” That is a good question. We have fulfilled our medical requirement and will soon receive clearance, and we have met our project funds cash requirement. Now the only hurdle left for us is the monthly support. Our goal is to raise about $435 this month in monthly commitments. We are currently trusting to leave for Africa around the end of the year. This is subject of course to the budget.

Another change is the fact that we are learning French instead of Amharic. This is a challenge for these “old dogs” but we are doing our best to “learn new tricks.” We just received our language class software for our computer and we are excited about the language ahead of us.

We are still driving about 5,000 miles a month and in May we spent over $700 for gas. We have had mission’s services from Delaware to Arizona and from Wyoming to Florida and many states in-between. What a joy to meet people all across the country that love God and love missions.

May God continue to bless every one of you.

Your Missions Servants

Mark and Vickie Alexander
Africa Oasis Project
West and Central Africa

Greetings in Jesus Name,

Vickie and I had such a delightful and spiritually uplifting time this past week as we were at the Woodston Family Camp in north central Kansas. Sister Martha Tennison seemed to be reading our mail as she spoke directly to our hearts and to our situations. What a blessing. It was such a joy to see so many dear friends and meet many new friends as well.

We had the opportunity to share about our ministry in Africa with the congregation during the Friday night service. Everyone was so gracious and supportive. Thank you Superintendent Yancey for giving us that opportunity.

Mark and Vickie

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The New World of Blog

We are atttempting to step into the world of blog. We trust this will be a great way to communicate with those we care about and those of you that want to keep up with our ministry and our progress.

So bare with us as we work out the kinks and learn about this wonderful tool called blog.


Mark and Vickie
Africa Oasis Project
AGWM Missionaries to West & Central Africa