2018 Is in the books and 2019 is full of promise.
If 2018 is any indication of what 2019 has in store than it will be another amazing year serving my Lord and Savior through service to those oppressed by sexual slavery and pilgrims in Europe.
My assignments with One Collective (formally International Teams) continue to be The Pilgrim House team in Spain and in-cooperation with Out of Darkness here in the US.
Many of you had the opportunity to hear me speak this year. I was honored to be the guest speaker at several public service organizations and churches. This is a skill I can only attribute to the Holy Spirit.
I was in Italy and Spain this year for October and November. The number of meaningful spiritual encounters I had left me feeling thankful and amazed at how God is truly The Great Coordinator. WOW.
I returned home from Spain on November 20 with a heavy heart. On the 19th my father Donald Edens Sr. went home. He was a wonderful man that lived 93 good years. He is at peace now in the presence of our Father.
Out of Darkness continues to be an important presence in the battle against human trafficking. I am now serving on the Prayer team, the Outreach team, the Rescue team, and the Ambassador team. The Ambassador team is a new commitment which involves speaking engagements sharing testimony regarding trafficking. I am looking forward to this new area of service.
If you would like to have me address a group or an organization please ask. Or even you individually. I am very passionate about sharing how the Lord has changed my life through love and service to others.
You may have heard that I had some health issues in 2018, but I want you to know all is well and I never missed a rescue due to my health. I have had a go-a-round with Lymes disease, which is under control. And I had some more sick cancer issues. That too is under control. Thanks for your prayers.
We are witnesses of an extraordinary God who works in and through ordinary people who simply trust and obey Him. As always I am humbled and grateful for the love, prayers, and financial support you bless me with. Your prayers and support are essential and effective. Thank you!
During the last five years (yes it has been five years) my financial support has declined. However I have never lost my faith and belief that God would keep me on your hearts. I am making a rare appeal this year. If you have supported my ministry in the past, would you give prayerful consideration to again becoming a financial supporter. If you are a current supporter, your continued support is most appreciated. If you feel God is leading you to become a supporter please join the team.
You can give at:
2155 Point Boulevard
Elgin, IL 60123
Or online at: give.onecollective.org
Mark Edens Account #US2677
I love each and every one of you and I wish peace and joy in the New Year.
I would like to leave you with this verse from O Holy Night, it says it all.
Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name.