Today, I am sitting in the local Chick-Fil-A while Ethne and Grahame take some to play in their indoor playground. As I sit here, I am listening to Steve Shadrach's "The God Ask" and feeling simultaneously encouraged and challenged. The stories he presents are awe-inspiring and examples of the faithfulness and provision of our amazing God.
This has been an entirely unpredictable journey. I had ideas of what I thought it would be like-visions of quickly raising support and leaving for the field. I know God is capable of this and so much more-surely He could help Rachel and I reach full support in a matter of months. He has been beyond faithful during our time of preparation and partnership development-I cannot adequately express how much He has done for us in this period in our life.
The reality of our experience is that we are more than a year into our partnership development and we are almost at 50% support committed-I don't want to underplay that; God has connected us with churches and individuals who share our passion and commitment to see His Gospel spread throughout the island of Great Britain.
It would be very easy (and understandable!) to be discouraged through this process; I have seen quite a lot of rejection when speaking with potential partners. And, if I'm honest, I do find myself discouraged from time to time. However, God has really spoken to me in this new year, offering encouragement and hope in the midst of difficult times. I cannot help but feel like God is laying one idea heavily on the heart of Rachel and I, 'CHANGE'.
As many of you probably know, I do NOT like change; I like the status quo, I like the familiar, I love routine. However, I have felt such unease in doing what is familiar and has been our routine. Rachel and I sought the LORD and there are some big changes on the horizon for us-some shifts in the every day life, as well as long-term. I don't mean to sound cryptic, but stay tuned for some updates about our changing journey.
We ask that you join us in prayer as we prepare for this next phase. For more information, please check out our Bios and Facebook pages. We are so thankful for you in joining us on this fantastic journey!