3,285 days ago:
We took the first steps towards an opportunity. An opportunity to join in on what God is doing to reach people all around the world. Step one was Bible college.
1,277 days ago:
We began training specifically for the goal of making disciples among one of many people groups who have never had the chance to hear and respond to the truth.
547 days ago:
The Lord started giving us opportunities to spend time with people all over the country. He led some amazing families, individuals, and churches to link arms and make it possible for us to introduce Jesus to a people without hope.
Then there were NONE.
We’re at 0 now. The Lord has confirmed and guided us to this point, and we’re getting to step into the unknown again as we count on our Heavenly Father, His promises, and His Spirit.
It’s amazing to look back and see how the Lord has led us, changed us, provided for us, and unloaded His grace on us each step of the way.
Right now, we’re sitting in a hotel in California … soon to get on a plane that flies through 7 time zones and across the international dateline to Papua New Guinea. When many of you read this, we’ll be over the Pacific … hopefully with well behaved kids.
We’ve said all the goodbyes, we’ve put everything we own in boxes or basements, and we’ve flown across the country. Now we’re with our friends & teammates, Luke & Ellenie and their kids, James & Noah. With our last night “at home” behind us, we have yet another chance to trust our heavenly Father and count on His grace.
Our last month
It’s been busy. Nothing new there of course =)
The holidays are always a bit crazy, and preparing to leave definitely added some extra flavor to the non-holiday days. It was a bit of a process to decide what was coming with us on the plane, what would be shipped later, what would be stored, and how to get rid of the rest of it. We also began planning for how/when our shipping container would be sent and what it may look like to have teams come to build our houses.
Our family is doing well. Lauren’s just along for the ride, and Natalie is starting to feel a bit of the reality that our lives are about to change some. We’re all just taking it a step at at time. Not knowing what all lies ahead makes us a little nervous and a little excited.
Here’s what our next few days will look like:
Today, January 14th, we leave Los Angeles and fly 15ish hours to Manila, Philippines.
We’ll have a 5 hour layover in Manila then take an 8 hour flight to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
After about a 7 hour layover in Port Moresby, we’ll take a 1 hour flight to our final destination (for now) at a New Tribes Mission base in Madang, Papua New Guinea.
When we arrive it will be around dinner time on Tuesday (local time). If everything goes smoothly, it should be a little over 30 hours of traveling.
Please PRAY with us,
That our perspectives would be bigger than ever as we face the new challenges of this trip and the transition of the next month. It’s going to show us what’s in our hearts, and force us to lean on our Lord and each other.
That we would be patient and gracious parents during a challenging life-change for our kids.
That we would be loving and others-centered teammates. We’re so thankful that we get to do this with Luke & Ellenie. We want to do whatever we can to help our friends and their kids be successful.
Also, please pray for our families at home. This is a really challenging transition for them too. Leaving them is the worst part about this.
But guess what! In eternity, we’ll never have to say goodbye or leave ever again!
In light of that eternity, it’s worth it right now