We are 13 days away from stepping into what God has been setting up for us from the beginning. How do I know that? His Word is clear:
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16 NKJ
Truthfully, the unknowns are a bit scary to me (Angie), but I cannot find a single moment in my life–and especially these last 8 months where God was NOT there. He has covered my life in every way imaginable. EVEN on the days when the chemo was so strong I felt nothing but the “weirdness” of it. And in that memory, the memory of His presence in my life during those tough days, I rejoice and steady my pace and walk forward into what HE has for us!
We have worked in the itineration process of inviting others to join this effort–and many have. Friends, family and even a few we’ve never laid eyes on have joined this journey!
If you are a newly appointed missionary–and just putting on your running shoes, don’t be too disappointed in the pastors who don’t return your calls. Give them another opportunity. But REJOICE in the pastors who DO call you back and invite you to share your heart–and KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. God will bless you in AMAZING ways during this as you soak up His presence in their services! THAT part of the journey has been especially sweet! From red-back-book hymnal songs (which I was raised on), to the modern day worship songs–God’s presence inhabits the praises of HIS people! You will always be in the right place at the right time if you follow on His heels.
I’ve got trunks and suitcases scattered about the house and stuff stacked here and there and more decisions to be made than you can shake a stick at. There’s SO much we don’t know how to do–but we have a missionary mentor appointed to help us–and I firmly believe God set that up as well.
In 13 days we will kiss our babies for the last time for 8 months. Our two baby girls who are in their “30’s”, but they will ALWAYS be my babies–and our grand-babies. All 5 of them. I had lunch with April yesterday and as her tears threatened to spill, I cautioned her–if she started so would I.
If you would add us to your prayer list–wow! We would be so honored. I cannot ask that enough. And, if you would like to help support us for the next 2 years –even $10 a month is HUGE to us! You can click here: http://www.tinyurl.com/sendjeffandangie OR, even a one time donation would go a long way in helping us on the field. You can click the same link and just choose, “one time gift”. We are honored and blessed with either. I never knew all the expense of getting established…and from what I hear, one might need to take out a loan to buy peanut butter in Costa Rica…. uhm…we will take our own.
I’ve been so blessed to get to share my testimony of God’s faithfulness and His calling two “old folks”, like Jeff and myself, with doctors, nurses, technicians, and several others walking the same or similar cancer journey. I know God has a reason for every single thing He puts in our path….I want to be submissive in ALL things to Him….(and it is hard at times–don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s a piece of cake…) And He has been PATIENT with me. So has Jeff.
My hair will be gray the next time you see my “real hair”….ha-ha. “No chemicals” for a while Dr. Nanfro said. “OKAY”, I said. Wow. That’s pretty hard too–looking in the mirror and seeing someone different….But…in that gray haired reflection is the same woman who fell in love with Jesus and gave herself to following Him wherever He led.
In 13 days He’s leading us forward….