We are so grateful for all the prayers and financial support we have received while here in California.

James is working the maximum hours an international student can work, 20 hours on campus, and was given a scholarship through his work that covers 10 units a semester.  His hourly rate brings home about $700 a month. We truly have been blessed by the Lord! It is illegal for me to work in any form while we are down here attending Seminary. With the cost of living going up, rent, gas, and food, we are living about $1000 beyond our means a month.  I have done my research asking couples what their monthly expenses are coming up with an average of $2300-$2500 a month.  We are living pretty frugally month to month with our wonderful Savior providing for our every NEED!!! While being here we have had groceries dropped at our door a number of times, a neighbour has graciously been giving Isaac all his sons clothes (that look like they haven’t even been worn) as well as momentary gifts of financial support.

It is funny when we tell people that we are living in LA the perspective (obviously from Hollywood) is that we are living in glitz and glamor here, which couldn’t be more wrong.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The Lord has taught me much about my materialistic heart.  Breaking me showing me things that I was wanting when the only thing I should ever want is Him.  He promises to take care of our needs not our wants. We get to see Him supernaturally work!! Ps. 34 says,

~vs. 9 O fear the LORD you His saints for to those who fear Him there is no want. vs 10b But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing. ~

That all being said Jamie and I are facing having to come home at Christmas time and stay home. We have exhausted all our funds, savings, and RRSP’s. We have had a wonderful family that we love dearly sacrificially commit to giving us $200 a month which will bring our costs down to about $800.  We are so grateful that the Lord would use them in this way. They truly have been a blessing in every way! Ultimately we are excited to see where the Lord places us, ideally we would like to complete seminary the first time around that way we can avoid going into the courts again to extend our time. We are so grateful that the Lord would even call us His own and if that means coming home we know it is His plan and He will place us where He wants us to fulfill His plan!

As you consider us we understand that people aren’t always in a place to help financially and your prayers are just as important. To nail down some finer details this is our prayer list:

That Jamie would live an uncompromising life, applying the truths he is learning here. That he would continue to learn how to divide the word accurately. Continue strong in the languages. Family time, his relationship with Isaac would continue to grow strong in spite of our time restrictions (God has answered this so hugely) That we would continue to find new ways to cut our costs down. Homeschooling. God’s provision to stay until Jamie’s Master’s is complete. Possibly a new job or housing opportunity that would cover costs. That we would continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and every moment being consumed by what our great Savior has done for us on Calvary!

Thank you for all your prayers and support, if you’d like to help us out feel free to email me at: kerr_erin123@rogers.com . If you are wondering why we chose The Master’s Seminary, please see the tab “Why The Master’s Seminary”. 

Love,

The Coates’

~Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing then in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age~ Matt 28:19-20

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