Friday, October 22, 2010

All is quiet...

Where are we in our journey?  Waiting....waiting for God's next big move and hoping/praying it involves our house and it's sale.  But waiting isn't so bad.  It's like Christmas Eve for us and getting to open one present before the big day.  Our present right now is the overflowing love and encouragement from our friends and family. People around us and people we haven't seen or talked to in years just pouring love on us.  It's overwhelming and humbling.  Makes me want to tell Him to stop but all good gifts come from Him and we will take every single one.  It's hard preparing to leave our life but God knows what we need as we wait and He never fails to provide.  For that we are thankful. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

God's Story

On this journey most everyone tells us how amazing we are and how great we are for following God and what He is leading us to do.  Encouragement is something we all need  but I have to say It's Not About Us!  It's not about what we are doing, it's about what God is doing.  He is BIG and doing things I can't even dream up - like moving me to another country.  :)

It's our journey but it's His story. The story of how He would take an ordinary family of five and lead them to a third world country to do His work.  Our journey is only the introduction to a thousand chapter book He is writing and we get to tell His story.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why? That's a good question...

We get this alot obviously. Who wouldn't want to know why two 40 year-olds with 3 boys under the age of 11 would sell it all, leave their loved ones and move to a third world country to live in poverty?  It's crazy isn't it?  Yes, it is in a way but in another way it makes perfect sense.  All we can say is that God is leading us.  Not "calling" us as some people in ministry term it but for us it has been a leading.  Sort of a "Hey, come with me to Guatemala".  I love that God does not force us to do anything ever.  Our heart has always been in helping people and giving to people.  We have been praying for some time for God to show us how we can do that more and Guatemala popped up on the radar.  At first I (Holly) was completely against the idea.  Simply because I loved our comfortable life: our house, church, friends, family, etc.  My life was blessed and I was enjoying the blessings after a few years of many challenges.  By leaving all that, God was asking me to die to myself and live for Him and what He has planned for my life. That's really hard and I wasn't going down without a fight.  And by His grace He let me kick and scream and cry and try desperately to hold on to all that I held dear to me.  And by His grace I can let go of my plan for my life and follow His. Now here we are, ready to go. 
But aren't there plenty of people in America who need help?  Yes there are!  And our answer to that is - God doesn't limit us to the country we are born in.  He puts us where He wants us and we happen to be going to another country. 
Some of the things we look forward to are loving HIV orphans nobody wants, loving kids who live in abusive homes and being an example to them, helping with medical needs, spiritual needs, and basic physical needs like hygiene and food.  We have so much here in America.  We are going to be with people who literally have nothing.  You can't fully comprehend what that means or looks like unless you see it yourself. We are looking forward to alot of visitors from the US. Get a passport if you don't already have one and come visit us!!  :)    Thank you to everyone who has been with us in this process and prayed for us and encouraged us.  We love you!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Letter is Out!!

Oh wow!  It's getting real now - we actually sent out a letter to inform our world what has been laid before us.  There isn't much on our blog yet - check back often as we will have more to share soon.  God is doing some crazy things and we can't wait to see what they are and share them with you.