First of all, let me apologize for not posting any news in over 2 months. So much has happened since mid March, and the time has completely gotten away from me. I’ll have to be brief in my summation of the events over the past several weeks, but suffice it to say, God has been so good to us. We placed our house on the market for sale about noon on March 24, and by 7:00 pm that evening we had received a full price offer with an amazingly negotiable closing date! Then, on March 30th, we received a call from our lawyer asking us if we could be at the courthouse the next morning to complete Bailey’s adoption. I usually like to plan things in advance, but I was more than happy to rearrange our schedules to accommodate! So we were thrilled to officially announce on March 31st that our family had grown from 2 to 3 and that Bailey was now legally “stuck with us!”
Throughout April and May, God continued to provide for us as He spoke to people’s hearts and they decided to become prayer partners and financial partners with us. As missionaries with Africa Inland Mission, we are required to raise financial partnerships (both an outgoing amount and a monthly amount). Robert and I were both very nervous about this aspect of joining AIM as we have never asked for financial assistance or help from anyone in the past. Truthfully, we were dreading this part of our journey. But God in His mercy brought family after family to us as we shared our story with them. We have not had to ask one single person, with the exception of asking our local church body, to partner with us. As we told others what God had called us to do, people came forward and said they wanted to partner with us. Throughout this process, God has shown us that it is truly Him that is preparing the way for this journey, not us. There is nothing we can do in our own strength. Hebrews 13:21 says,
“An now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to Him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with His blood. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
So we have kept moving forward as God has kept providing for our needs. We moved out of our home on June 1st, sold our cars, and found homes for our dogs. We have had the privilege of sharing our story with countless brothers and sisters in Christ and they have been so gracious to lay their hands on us, pray for us, and invite us into their homes to share a meal with them. We have been blessed beyond measure. It hasn’t all been easy, but we can say with confidence that God is faithful and that what He has purposed, He is bringing to fruition.
This month, we took our last trip to the Hill Country with our family to float the Comal River and go to Schlitterbahn. We’ve been saying small goodbyes along the way–both to people and places. People keep asking if it was difficult to sell our house and our cars and furniture, but honestly, it hasn’t been that bad. When you get rid of all the stuff, you realize that you really can do without a lot of things. It also reminds us of the stories we heard in our Perspectives class last fall. (By the way, if you haven’t taken Perspectives, I highly recommend it. It’s a class about what God is doing all over the world, and it’s amazing. Here’s the link if you’re interested. www.perspectives.org ) Anyway, in that class, we heard stories about men and women who truly sacrificed everything to be obedient to God. Two young men many years ago heard about a faraway island where the Gospel had not yet been preached. However, the only way to get to this island was to sell themselves into slavery. So that’s just what they did. They said goodbye to family and friends, knowing they would probably never see them again, and then sailed off to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. And by accounts, they did not feel like they were making a huge sacrifice. They were being obedient to His call and loving Him and loving others.
So we’re down into the final countdown of weeks instead of months. We’re going to miss our family and friends like crazy, but we know that God will supply all our needs wherever we go, because ultimately He is all that we need and in Him we are completely satisfied.
Please pray for us during these final weeks. We have seen our stress manifest itself in ways that aren’t so pretty. And many times we have become busy in “to-do lists” instead of ensuring we are spending time in the Word and preparing our hearts as much as our bodies. Thank you for your prayers in advance. Please let us know if there is any way that we can be praying for you–it would be our privilege. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We were challenged by our previous pastor in New Braunfels to pray passionately and specifically, so we would like to ask you to join us in passionate prayer for these specific items:
-that God would give us sweet memories with our family and friends during these last few weeks in the States
-that God would prepare our hearts to be completely gracious with the other missionaries we will be working with, ready and willing to forgive any grievance
-that God would provide us with people in Kenya that will mentor us as well as individuals that we can mentor and share the hope of Christ
-that God would provide Bailey with wonderful, lifelong friends to continue to encourage her in her faith
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13