Going, going, going … gone?

The end of our time in Dallas is getting closer and closer. Ten days ago, we moved out of our house and into an apartment on the Wycliffe center. From here, we are making better progress with clearing out the house and selling the stuff we don’t need or can’t take with us to Germany. (If there were background music to this paragraph, it would be a strange mix of the theme from Jaws and the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah.)

Our house has been re-listed for either sale or rent with a different real estate agency. The rental market in Duncanville is currently stronger than the market for home sales. We know the agency owner and the property manager personally, so we feel that we can leave Dallas confident that our home is in good hands. Our agent is confident that we can get and keep a good renter in the house, which will remove owning that property as a barrier to us leaving the area and the country. Hooray!

In another twenty days, we’ll drive out of Dallas with a trailer behind our car, not planning to return until we come back to visit supporters and friends. Our first stop is Denver, where we’ll spend Christmas and celebrate the new year with Katherine’s family. After that, it’s on to St. Joseph, Missouri, where we expect to stay (near family) while we find the additional financial supporters we need. Thanks to friends in a church there, we have housing arranged for the first month or so of our stay. That is a major answer to prayer! Thank you, God!

So when you pray for us, please pray that we’ll be able to sell or give away everything that remains. We’d like to throw away as little as possible. Pray for us to get everything we’re taking organized in plenty of time, so that we’re not completely stressed out when we arrive at my in-laws’. (We don’t like to just dump ourselves, exhausted, at their front door.) Thank you, pray-er friends!

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David Liddle

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Media, PA, and graduated from The Citadel in 1994. I joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1995 and went to Africa for the first time in 1997. Katherine and I were married in November 1998.

2 thoughts on “Going, going, going … gone?”

  1. Hey Dave,

    I ran across your wonderful blog…I’m hopefully going to be joining Wycliffe as a member shortly, also very IT savvy (I’m a developer and do quite a bit with open source)…do you have any recommendations of software of a website that can help you manage contact information for partnership development? Does Wycliffe provide something? Thinking about cobbling something together quickly, but if there’s something already available, that would be better.

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the compliment, Andy! The Wycliffe world would be very happy to have another developer in the fold — they’re in short supply.
    Most of the members I know use one of two programs for partnership development, both of which are free: Donor Manager or TntMPD. Both of them can import the electronic giving statements generated by Wycliffe and create contact lists from the donor names and addresses. Of course, each can accommodate manual entry, too. And both can interact with your email and word processing programs to make sending newsletters easier. Personally, I have used both, but I prefer the reporting features of TntMPD, which is what I use now. Check them out, and keep in touch!

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