Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Are You Doing?

Reid returned yesterday from Ghana.  He had an amazing trip!  God was with him.  He met all of the staff he will be working with at MLI, visited orphanages and villages on behalf of Feeding the Orphans, saw the house where we will live, met with other missionaries currently serving in Ghana, saw Palm Sunday parades in the streets of Accra, researched the needed documentation for our permit, read the proposal for the FTO village homes for orphans, delivered supplies, collected items to bring back, hugged children, gave swimming lessons to two children from an orphanage, learned local transportation by riding a tro-tro, spent time with our Ghanaian friends, researched in-country banking, etc...

(Several of you are wondering about our home.  It needs lots of cleaning, but will fit the needs of our family perfectly.  We need to purchase a stove and refrigerator, but are so thankful for God's provision!  Currently no air conditioning in the home, but it should be available in a few rooms when we arrive - we hope.  Ha!  Reid said it was in the 90's every day while he was there.)

I've received this question several times recently, "What are you doing now before you GO?"

Well, here's a run-down of our latest things to mark off the list:
Ghanaian phone and phone number - check
Ghana home and address - check
Six passports and visas in hand - check
Applied for Godwin's passport - check
Made appointment with travel clinic for shots - check
Started final packing list - check
Transferred banking to an International bank - check
Monogrammed towels -with a SHARPIE MARKER - check
Bought more suitcases at thrift shops - check
Monogrammed suitcases - with a SHARPIE MARKER - check
Scheduled physical appointment for Reid for Ghana Work Permit - check
Sent two suitcases with two friends traveling to Ghana - check
Purchased glasses with current prescriptions - check
Mason and Franklin's braces removed, retainer inserted - check
Talked with a missionary in Kenya for advice compiling four pages of notes - check
Met with Pamela Ironside, who lived in Uganda for 2 years, compiling 10 pages of notes - check
Blessed with Math curriculum for Mason and Franklin - check
Blessed with curriculum for Weston - check
Purged winter clothes (very little left when we return - 7 hangers for me!  1 pair of shoes!) - check
Purging more of everything - check
Our small group committing to prayer coverage for us (ANSWERED PRAYER) - check
Time with friends and family - ongoing

In Process:
Adjusting to my new gluten-free diet (okay, not mission related, but it's been a HUGE change!)
Shopping for mission vehicle to carry our family and handle the roads
Finalizing packing list
Pricing shipping options
Analyzing customs taxes
Obtaining all of the remaining needs  (wish list coming soon, maybe you can help)
Obtaining Godwin's visa
Purchasing good shoes (blessed by a family to purchase them - only a few more to go)
Obtaining in-country work permit
Planning for electricity options - inverter?
Water Filters - figuring out how many to take for our family and others?
Mosquito nets?
Malaria Meds or not?
Figuring out Internet access for our Ghana home - right now, we must drive into Accra (30 min) for it
Purchasing needed items to take with us
Packing up - it's a daily process
Compiling frequent flyer miles (donations welcome!)
Pricing airline tickets - departure date will be set soon
Backing up computer files
Scanning, filing, recording documents
Figuring out HOW to do all of this?
Praying for final support to be provided - less than 9% to go!

Daily Time with our God
Spiritual disciplines such as fasting and praying
Serving and Giving
Seeing evidence of God doing AMAZING things
Moment by moment leading by Him
Rejoicing in His presence

(Please note: the Bible picture is a web image - it is not my Bible.)

Boring post.  Sorry!  I've been behind on emails, phone calls, etc... and needed to share that we are busy making preparations to GO.   We are so grateful for the encouraging e-mails.  We feel your prayers.  We know the Lord is going before us.

Spending time on everything above makes my head swim.  For those who know me, you know my personality is very spontaneous.  Managing all of these details stretches my abilities - to the max!   Only through the Lord's grace.  In the coming weeks, we will need help so watch the blog to see if there is something you might be able to assist with!  YOU are a piece of the puzzle!

This morning I read Psalm 82.  I thank God for the reminder.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!
Psalm 82:3-4,8

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