Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The [Revised] Plan

Dear Friends, 

There have been so many things I have wanted to share on the blog lately, but in order to share one of those things, I'll have to divulge other information that I just wasn't ready to let out of the bag yet.  No, that's not right.  I wanted to share, but I wanted it to be perfect and I couldn't figure out how to make it perfect so I kept putting it off.  Finally LT Wonderful and I had a long chat about it and he convinced me that I can't make it perfect, it just has to be shared.  So here it is. 

Many of you are probably aware that over the past two years our hearts have become completely enraptured with the Nicaraguan people.  We went to visit the first time thinking that we could be of service to the orphanage and left with our hearts full but broken.  We went to serve and were instead served more graciously than I have ever served.  With that one trip, our entire lives were changed forever. 

Over the past two years we have gone back to visit several times.  We planned on moving down "eventually" but as we've prayed, fasted, sought wise counsel and searched our hearts we have recently decided that "eventually" should be happening sooner rather than later.  Since our trip down this past May we have been actively pursuing what we believe to be our calling to serve down in Nicaragua as missionaries [I don't feel comfortable using that word yet...will I ever?] to the orphanage and to the Nicaraguan people.  We have nothing to offer but ourselves and our love, so we offer this joyfully without reservation. 

We aren't leaving tomorrow, we are in a process and are unsure of how long it will take to get everything in line.  Our goal (and best guess) is that we'll be transitioning down to Nicaragua sometime next year.  There are several questions that still need to be answered (several more that still need to be asked), logistics to work out and decisions to be made.  But more important than that, there are many prayers that need to be prayed for wisdom, courage and most important pure and steadfast hearts. 

So please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we make this transition.  We are so excited about what is coming, but we're also excited about where we are now!  We don't know how long this season will last, but we're doing our best to be content while we wait for everything to come together.  

Now that the news is officially Facebook/Blog "out", I'll be putting together some more information kinds of posts with where we'll be serving, what we'll be doing, how the adoption falls into this, our budget, school for the boys, etc.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  We love talking about Nicaragua and want to keep everyone as "in the loop" as we can. 

Peace and love, 


Cadovius said... about a huge life-change coming your way. My parents were missionaries in PA and it's still an odd word for me to will soon become a part of your everyday language though. I'm so happy for you all. I'm proud to say I know you girl. Yall are following God's leading and lots of times, that takes serious guts. :-) We love yall!!! And we are praying

Alibear said...

What an exciting life change. It has been very clear from your blog and facebook posts the love and draw you feel to Nicaragua! The chance to have your family together and the experience for the boys will be wonderful. The lessons you are teaching the boys about love, compassion and acceptance will never leave them. I know the desire to have everything perfectly lined up. Just as you'll never have "enough" money/whatever, everything will never be "perfect". You do your best and learn how to go with the flow for the items that weren't 100%. You'll be thrown some curve balls along the way, but remember the experience and all those who you will be impacting with your decision. Can't wait to hear all about the preparations and we'll expect regular blog updates once you all move.

Britney said...

Just so very proud of you. xoxo