"I have long dreaded the thought of getting to the end of life and regretting that I allowed my own timidity or other people's expectations to determine the course of my life. I decided that several of my beliefs should determine the course of my life...I believe that the Creator, has an epic script into which my minute presence has been written." - Steve Saint
I'm copying this post from my friend, Mitzi, who is serving in Zambia with her family. She asked for help before she packed, and we'd like to do the same.
Soo... if you have ever wanted to express yourself... now's the time to do it! We are beginning to think about the packing stage, which has brought forth quite a few questions. So... this is my survey! If you read this, I need you to help! Just leave your comments answering any or all of my questions.
1. What are the top 3 items you would take to Africa?
2. What are the best children's books you would take?
3. What are the top three kitchen tools you would take to Africa?
4. What music would you download? Favorite Worship Songs? Best all around music?
5. What Podcasts do you listen to? Sermons?
6. Favorite games - all ages?
7.) What would teenagers like to have in a foreign country?
8. WHAT WOULD WE LIKELY FORGET TO PACK, BUT NEED/WANT ONCE WE ARE THERE?
"Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible." (C.T. Studd)
We begin 2012 amazed, awed, and astounded by God’s provision. In a little over five weeks, God has added 35% of our needed support! Thank you to everyone who has partnered with us for the Kingdom of Christ to be spread in Ghana, Africa.
Over the past few weeks, God has provided for this mission through unusual ways:
Our nephew, Eli, handed us a pledge card promising $5 per month!
An unemployed couple sent an astounding gift - giving to this work out of their lack!
A little eight year old girl, Kylie (pictured below), gave us a bag full of change totaling $56.50!
A couple gave a generous end-of-the-year gift from their prosperous year in business - giving out of their abundance!
An elderly lady pledged to support us monthly feeling called to help spread the gospel!
Adoptive families partnered with us desiring to love desperate orphans in Jesus name!
Robin’s father retired on December 31st, and his retirement gift from his company was a gift to God’s work in Ghana!
Ministry Champions who are sharing our story with others through letters, sharing nights, emails, and phone calls. Even strangers have given financially to help!
Generous giving. God’s heart in action...a call to His people to join in HIS work!
Raising support is part of God’s boot camp for our family - we're learning to depend on the Lord. Our faith is strengthened and our eyes are opened to see Him in His people. This time of support raising has been a blessing for our family. It’s been miraculous to see what the Lord has done thus far. We have had the privilege and honor to pray in thanks for the many of you who have joined us. From the bottom of our heart, thank you.
So, the question everyone seems to be asking, “When will you leave?”
Our answer - When we have the needed support. We hope what is needed will come in the next couple of months.
We continue to move forward with making plans. God is taking care of so many details to prepare us to GO!
Both Mason and Franklin will have their braces removed in mid-March. Brace-less boys, finally!
Our government visas are in place for our family to move to Ghana. Big Praise!
Some precious friends have been helping us transport a few personal belongings to Ghana as they have taken trips over. (This is helping us greatly, as we try to think of packing up a household, homeschool supplies, and sparse sentimental items in two suitcases each!)
Some dear friends have committed to care for our family while we wait for departure. We thank God for the continual encouragement with each step forward!
Robin’s parents have been a great support while we live in their home.
We praise God for all of you who have joined us! If you haven’t, will you pray about it? Today, God has provided 69% of our monthly need and 63% of our launch cost! Will you pray about a way you could help? YOUR help is needed. You can propel us forward through praying for our family, giving to this work, connecting us with new people, and personally sharing this God story with others.
You can also use the "forward to a friend" link below to send this update to your circle of friends and family!
For protection from the enemy - the spiritual battle is real.
For Godwin’s re-adoption process to be completed in Tennessee.
For peace throughout all the transitions our family is experiencing.
For God’s provision of the additional ministry partners needed.
For God’s perfect timing for everything!
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This Christmas the boys favorite gift was...CitiBlocks. Balsa-wood blocks cut to specific dimensions to provide balance and ease of stacking. Creations by the boys make me wonder if they will be architects or construction engineers. The boys have a blast building...
(Yes, this is as tall as the door frame.)
...and the boys also loved tearing the towers town. Once they started ramming cars into them, I stopped taking pictures. It's a blessing to seem them still enjoy the simplicity of creating!
Braden ran into the house excited, scampering around with a mission in mind.
“Can I have a bag, Mom?”
“What kind of bag?”
“Umm, just a bag to pack in.”
“Well, would a plastic grocery bag work or do you need something heavier?”
“Nah. A grocery bag will be great.”
I handed him a crumpled up Kroger bag and off he went.
A few minutes later, he reappeared - bag in hand.
Knowing this was something I needed to investigate, I peered into his bag and found:
Braden’s favorite Tennessee hat
a nice pair of shorts
one of Braden’s nicer shirts
a pair of socks
a pair of underwear
three hot wheels cars
two lego men
and Braden’s new baseball
Confused, I stammered, “What’s this for?”
“I wanted to pack it for Peter. Can we pack it and take it to Ghana for him? These are things I want him to have.”
Then Braden showed me the card he made (with no help from Mom).
My heart hurt. Peter is an orphan in one of the homes in Ghana. He and Braden became huge buddies when we were there. Braden has talked about him in conversation and prayed for him frequently. Right now, Peter is still waiting for a family and spending his days in a home with about 40 other children. Peter's smile is still imprinted on my heart. I think Braden thinks of him as a very special friend.
I share this story because God continues to bind our hearts back to Ghana. We are all anxious to return. There are many children just like Peter. We desire to go and love them with the love of Jesus.
The Lord continues to provide the needed support we need to go do His work. As of this evening, the Lord has provided a little over 65%. Can you believe we were only at 30% a the beginning of December? We are astounded by God's faithfulness of provision. This is a HUGE amount of money in a short amount of time.
Please pray for the Lord to provide the remaining 35%. We are ready to go. We long to be there. Our children are packing gift bags for their friends. What else can I say? Their hearts are anxious to be there as well.
We continue to hear, “There is so much work to do...so much work to do.” Our entire family is ready to go do it. Please pray for the Lord to accomplish what He desires here on earth.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth adn making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out of My mouth. It will not return empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
We are a family who loves Jesus. We have followed him to the faraway land of Ghana, West Africa. We know He led us here for His purpose - for His name to be great among the nations. (Psalm 46:10) We are here for His glory alone.
By sharing a glimpse into our lives through our posts we give this permanent disclaimer: Nothing written here is to exalt ourselves. We desire for everything we do, say, think, write, or share to be for God's glory alone. We know this life is not about us, and do not ever wish to make it so. We are not trying to share our "experience." We are not trying to pose for pictures. We are not trying to make you think we are doing something we are not. We are broken, imperfect people made complete through the grace of Christ. There is nothing special about us - except the Lord we follow. We want all glory, honor, and praise to go to whom it is due - Jesus.
Sometimes we may write things that are hard to read. It's not our purpose to offend anyone or impose guilt. Life in Ghana is vastly different from life in America. Sometimes when you read about the struggles of your fellow brother, we hope you are propelled to pray. This blog is our avenue to share how God is revealing more of His heart to us. In the process, God allows us to see deeper into our own. It gets ugly sometimes. We are humbled that He has allowed us to be hands and feet of His work. For this, we rejoice in God's boundless grace.
If you accept the terms of this blog - please feel free to read and enjoy. It's not about us.
"But as for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except for the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through him, and I have been crucified to the world." - Galatians 6:14
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