Hooray! This week we received official approval from Grace Church’s Missions Department (GMI) that we’re approved to raise funds and be officially sent through them. We are praising the Lord for the official stamp of approval!
We will be actually set up in their system to receive funds by the end of this week or early next week. When those details are available, we will let you know! I do have to say that we are incredibly thankful for those who have signed up to give already, many of whom we know are not giving from plenty. It’s incredibly humbling and certainly sets a vivid example for us in generosity that we want to follow. We also know that many of you have been praying for us and asking about our progress with this–we also thank God for you as well! This process is teaching us to rely on God more & more and as we recognize our desperate need for Him, we are more grateful to know all of you who are praying for us. Please fill out our form here to let us know that you are with us in prayer and/or financially!
Other exciting things: plane tickets. By the end of this week we should have plane tickets purchased and our departure date set! Once we know this we’ll be able to plan our trip to Spokane & Boise (if you’re there, we can’t wait to see you!). Next week I will also give notice to my job. Phew! It’s getting real!
Already Chris & I are growing in this as we wrestle through each step… and we know that we will grow and learn so much more over the next year! Right now we are considering these things: What does faith look like now? How do we overcome the current pressures that threaten to steal our joy & distract us from our goal? What is the next right thing to do? How can we plan but be open to God changing those plans? What if X happens? It’s all certainly an adventure but I’m realizing that even adventures can be full of pain and hardships that God brings for the purposes of making us to rely on Him alone. Please continue to pray for us as we wrestle though these things and seek God in them. May we know Him deeply, personally and steadfastly as we raise support, prepare to go, and continue to do the other things He has called us to in this season before we go!
I bet we’re not the only ones to work through this. What things have you faced and how has God grown you in the process? Was there a time in your life that God worked in by using pressure and trials to bring you to Himself? Please share in the comments below for our & others’ encouragement!