Well, a lot has happened in the past month!
In about a week we head out from Missouri making our way slowly up towards Toronto, where we fly out to Nepal. We’re stopping to see family, friends, and ministry contacts along the way.
Whoa! What a change God has made. He has changed our plans quite drastically from road-tripping around North America to living and serving in Nepal for at last the next year or two! We’ve learned a lot, prayed a lot, talked a lot, prepared a lot, and now we’re just about to ready to launch head-first into ministry full-time. We spent days wrestling with the Lord making sure this change was Him. Neither of us knew if this lined up with God’s character. One day in our quiet time we came across three chapters at the end of Job. Chapter 37, Job goes straight to God and pleads his case. His head hurts, his body hurts, his empire collapsed and his children were killed. He questions God. Chapters 38-39 God answers Job, not with answers but with dozens and dozens more questions. After several dozens of questions, Job has gotten the point. He responds with, “ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand; I talked of things too wonderful for me to know.” Although we weren’t in a time of agonizing pain, we understood the same point Job did when we read how his questioning of God ended. God owes us nothing. No reasons. No explanations. And sometimes He gives them, but sometimes if He gave them we couldn’t understand them. When we made the decision of saying yes, we quickly saw the fingerprints of God on our lives preparing us for something different. We excitedly agreed to God’s change of plans, and couldn’t wait to embark on them.
We’ve focused a lot on partnership over the last week, which is something we certainly intend to continue for the rest of our lives. All of you reading this blog, praying for us, and contributing financially are as much a part of this as we are. You are the ‘senders’ and we are the ‘sent’.
So let’s go.