Yes, we are leaving!!!
Exactly a year has passed since we updated you on our whereabouts and financial status. Since then we have been continuing in what we know to do, faithful in prayer and local service, and in sharing our calling to work with Mission ONE. Then, in the last month, both of us felt in our spirit, “It’s time to go”. Through much prayer and seeking the counsel and blessing of our church leadership, we have begun making arrangements to move to Arizona in October. In answer to the question that has been posed to us many times, “Are you fully supported now?!” — the answer is, “Not even close.” However, we are stepping out in faith and obedience and we fully believe the Lord will supply what we need. The Word of God says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (I Thes.5:24) NASB We feel compelled (“pushed”?!) to go, like the eagle whose nest has been made prickly and uncomfortable and the mother is beckoning (pushing) him to fly! We currently have approximately 30% of our support committed from monthly donors and a total of about 50% when including other gifts. Understandably, Mission ONE would prefer we have pledges for 100% of our support need and are concerned about us being able to live and pay our bills, but we can’t deny that we still feel it’s time to go. (not that it’s COMFORTABLE!) “Ease” isn’t represented in scripture, but God’s provision and faithfulness are and once again we are “doing the next thing”. A beloved poem by that name is printed in the About Us section of the blog but it’s time to put it here as well. This was a lifelong favorite of Elizabeth Elliot and has been meaningful to us:
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that to Jesus, and do the next thing.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer.
Do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
Who placed it before you with earnest command.
Leave all resultings…and do the next thing.
… author unknown
So, will you pray with us? May all hindrances be removed, “May God arise and the enemy be scattered” (from Psalm 68:1) AND, may our marriage continue to grow and thrive in Christ and our unity be ever greater in this potentially stressful season.
Obviously, this was the most pressing news to get out, but in the next few days we’ll post highlights from the past year that we really want to share with those who love and support us, as well as a list of specific ways you can pray for us (which we already shared with our church family). In the meantime, please consider if you could be an advocate for us to your church, or could give our information to people that you know and “do life” with who are like-hearted for the work of the Kingdom. Those connections are the best and are a great way for you to help us, and facilitate various parts of the body of Christ working together for a common goal.