January 2008 Goracke Newsletter, Singapore International Bible Institute

Dear Family & Friends,

Greetings to all of you! We hope your new year is off to a good start. As a family, we have been weathering the ups and downs of seasonal sickness. The first week of January I found myself battling a terrible cold which slowed me down a bit, but I managed to return to my schedule of contacting Christians from around the country and sharing with them the vision of the Singapore ministry training institute. I continued in this part of our support search until January 11th on which date we started our travels toward the Dallas, Texas area for two scheduled meetings. After our first day’s travel, visit and stay over with my sister in Dodge City, Kansas, my family and I arrived in the Dallas area late on the 12th and stayed with our gracious host, Hilda Carman.

My first meeting was with the Keller church of Christ who has recently joined with us as partners for the work in and out of Singapore. I gave a presentation to the church on Sunday evening the 13th. We were able to spend a few days with them meeting and visiting with a few families who encouraged us in the work we have set our hearts to do. To say the least, we are excited to be a part of the Keller family and excited to see them actively involved in the Lord’s work both stateside and overseas! They are also involved in the training and equipping of some of their own such as Dennis and Sharon Welch, who are preparing to serve as missionaries in Cambodia. The Keller church is also supporting others for serving in ministries of the Word of God.

It was convenient that my second meeting was located less than 15 miles down the road from our host family’s home. So we stayed with Hilda the entire time. My second meeting was with a group of twenty some Christians who are involved in different ministries all of which target the souls of the great nation of China. The meeting was encouraging as well as very informative. To be able to network with all of these Christians whose different resources will contribute to the expansion of the kingdom of God throughout China will be a certain godsend.

On the 17th we then continued in our travels to return to Lubbock, Texas. I spent a few days updating information and making copies of our Singapore packet and informational DVD’s. It was my plan to attend the Sunset church of Christ’s annual church leadership/growth/mission workshop with the hopes of finding more partners for the work in Singapore. But the evening before the workshop started (Tuesday the 22nd), I came down with the flu which lasted five days. Regrettably, I missed the entire workshop. To make matters worse, my entire family caught the flu from me. Jaydon and Nancy are still fighting it and Jaydon is on his seventh day.

To update you concerning our fund raising efforts which will determine our departure date, we are presently at 100% commitment for our one-time needed funds for the first year and 60% commitment for our first year monthly needs. Now that I have been blessed with a return to health, I will continue in our search for the financial partners to join with us in the Singapore work. To see a detailed financial breakdown of our first year needed budget, please go to www.sunsetinternational.org and click on “Tom’s information sheet.” The budget page is the 6th page. It may be a few days before the latest update is posted.

For those of you who support us in financial ways, I want to remind you that the 12th Street church of Christ in Seagraves, Texas is now overseeing our funding. You can send your contribution to their mailing address which is printed on the second page of this newsletter. Please write “Singapore missions” on the memo line of your check.

The second course of studies in SIBI Singapore has also concluded. The book of Ephesians was taught by Dr. Royce Sartin during most of the month of January. Once I get the latest information concerning this class I will share it in a special report. The third course, a study of the book of Acts is scheduled to be taught soon by Dr. George Carman!

Overseeing church:
12th Street church of Christ
P.O. Box 1476
Seagraves, TX 79359
Contact person:
Kenny Smith

Tom Goracke
P.O. Box 451
Beatrice, NE 68310
Email: twoservants2002@yahoo.com

I am scheduled to give another presentation to a church here in Lubbock on the 10th so our plans are to stay in this area until then. After that, we will probably return to Nebraska to resume our support search from there. We really hope that the Lord will bless us with success in fulfilling our support needs soon as we are very eager to get settled and started in the work! Please remember us in your prayers in this regard.

Family News from Nancy

Hello! As Tom mentioned, the flu flew in and broadsided all of us. Thankfully, we are on the mend. It’s so good to see Jaydon smile again. Out of all of us, Shayla proved to be the toughest. Except for one rough night, she acted pretty normal through our whole family flu episode. Shayla kept telling me she wanted brother to get better so he could play with her. Today is one of the first days in about a week that they are actually playing together again and yes, fighting some too! Right now both are music to my ears because I know they are both going to be o.k. and things are getting back to normal. Good health is truly a blessing and we thank God for restoring us. We also thank many of you for your prayers on our behalf. We are also grateful to the Sunset church and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright for providing the Mission Inn where we could stay while we are in Lubbock this time. Ironically, we had planned on staying with Ms. Virginia our gracious hostess for numerous times when we have extended stays in Lubbock, but when we called her and learned some of her family was sick, we thought we would avoid getting sick and make other arrangements. We were given a key to the Mission Inn and have been here ever since. It has been a blessing to be able to stay here. Especially with the whole family getting sick it’s great to have a private, “like your own home place” to mend. Thank you so much for serving us in this way. We know many others have also benefited from this ministry and we are grateful. I’ll end on that note for this time. May God bless you all with good health!