We can't believe it, but we only have ONE MONTH until we leave! It seemed so far away when we first started this journey and it's kinda surreal to be this close to actually leaving!
I wanted to take a minute and get personal about what the "reality" behind saying "yes" can look like.
The hardest part of saying "yes" for us was knowing the amount of money that needed to be raised, and I will tell you it has NOT come easy. We started out confident and thought we had good ideas so we planned out different fundraisers and had high hopes, but unfortunately most of those fundraisers tanked. I wish I could say we had one really successful fundraiser but the reality is we didn't. I can honestly admit to you that if I had not been positive that this is what God wanted for our family we may not be going today. We got discouraged....and then I started thinking about all of the people, who like us, may have heard from God to go somewhere or to do something but found themselves in the same place we had been, in "reality" frustrated, confused, worried, questioning etc...consumed by all of the negative feelings that keep us in our "natural" way of thinking. So maybe they didn't go, or they let that God-given dream just slip away from them...and that honestly broke my heart. I didn't want that for me or my family. I knew that It was time to make a choice. Were we going to let our natural way of thinking keep us from doing what God had called us to do? Or where we going to TRUST God believing for the "super-natural"? You see, our problem was never that our ideas were bad, or that we picked the worst fundraisers, our problem was that we were trying to do it ALONE, relying on our own ability. It isn't easy to say "yes" and it's even harder to keep saying "yes" every day when there is every reason under the sun to say no, but we also knew that if God had CALLED us then he has already gone BEFORE us! We have been attending a missions class at our home church Trinity for awhile and it has been so amazing! A few weeks ago someone said " God's will, God's bill." and as silly as it seems it has changed the dynamic of our fundraising.
We made the choice to Trust God, and to quit trying to do it all on our own (in every aspect of our lives) and it has been one of the most challenging, yet freeing things we have ever done. Support HAS started to come in and from places that only God could have arranged... We actually had a individual offer to match whatever we raise this month! It has been so fun to see God's hand at work! We do still have a lot to raise before May 1st but we know that God can do it:) So I encourage you that if you're out there, and you have a God-dream that seems "too big" or would require "too much" money remember that God works in the "SUPER-natural" and he WILL provide, even when in reality it seems impossible!
We do have a prayer request! Please be praying with us for a place to live!... we REALLY need to find a place soon. We have been calling on a few places but with our departure date 1 month away we REALLY need to lock in a place so please pray with us for the perfect place in the perfect location:)
I also just wanted to put out an invitation for anyone that would be willing to be one of our prayer partners. Prayer is the fuel behind this trip and we would love it if we knew we could count on you to be praying for us. If you are interested please message me or comment, I would love to send you a picture of our family.
Thank You! To each and every one of you for being on this journey with us. We appreciate ALL of your love and support!