This would be more appropriately titled #missionprepeveryday as we are always doing something in preparation for what’s to come. But over the next several months, I will try to post every Monday something we’ve done over the course of the past week to prepare for our upcoming transition. Here’s a few from last few weeks…
Back in January, Brett and I took a day to plan for the next few months (bottom left). This included a) spending sometime in the Word, b) praying together for our family, for the upcoming process and for the people of Romania, c) sorting through the overwhelming list of things to do, d) making a game plan for the support raising process, and e) praying for our ministry partner team!
Since then we’ve spent some time sorting through some of our belongings (top 3 on the left) that we will be leaving behind. Shoes, books, clothes, random household items, etc. It’s all bittersweet as many of items bring back fond memories. But you know, they’ve been in the basement for years anyway and that’s probably where they’d stay. And the reality is our hope is not in temporal things such as books. I’ve realized items like this have done their job, they’ve taught us along the way, and now they can be passed on to others. Instead we we find our hope in eternal things: what is yet to come and the glory of God. These are the things we will cling to in this process!
Another part of #missionprepeveryday includes the logistics: bank accounts, passports, insurance options, medical appts, shopping trips, etc. We’ve been blessed by the amount of people willing to help us out in with these random tasks even if it’s by watching our kids so we can knock out things on the “to do” list. We are so thankful for all the ways people have been serving us and we know this process would be much more burdensome without the love and support from our community. So thank you to each of you who have chosen to get involved, have offered to serve and make this a joy to walk through this process! Thank you!
One of the best parts of this preparation time has been fueling our hearts and minds with the truths from scripture and wisdom received through books. Just a few of the books we have read, are reading or plan to read include:
- Spiritual Survival Handbook
- Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus
- Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand
- Forgotten God
- The God Ask
- Habits of Grace
- Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
- Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries
Of course there are a ton of other resources we could dive into in order to increase our knowledge or enhance our understanding, but in reality time is the limiting factor. So instead we will abide in Christ, allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in us and stay grounded in the Word for His glory to go forth through our lives.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9