Thursday, April 26, 2012

Taking Steps (April Newsletter)


Recent Steps on
the road to Mozambique:
  • 38% of our monthly budget has been pledged. (now 39% because of a new partner!)
  • Our target departure date is September 2012.
  • David's last day of employment is May 4.
  • We wait eagerly for our house to sell.





Dearest Friends,

This past month has continued to be a series of steps on our way to being able to serve the Bibleless people of Mozambique. 

Some of them are small steps:  deep cleaning the freezer and vacuuming under the beds in preparation for showing our house.  Some of them are much bigger steps:  David’s transition out of full-time employment to full-time ministry and putting the house up for sale (check it out at www.realtor.com if you or someone you know is interested in living in an awesome house, in an amazing community, with the world’s best neighbors.)

Some steps are easy to take:  getting rid of old clothes that we never wear anymore.  Some steps are excruciating:  getting rid of things that are meaningful, but no longer practical.

Some steps are just plain tedious: keeping the house clean for showing, while trying to live in it comfortably.  Some steps are just plain exciting:  Seeing our partnership team take shape and our funding percentages increase almost daily.

Some steps we take alone: wrestling to get our desires in line with God’s will.  Some steps we take with friends, such as those we made this month at Braddock Baptist, Liberty Baptist, and Rich Fork Baptist Churches.

Some of the steps we can know and have a definite date on which we will be taking them:  Intercultural Communications training (at JAARS in Waxhaw, NC) at the end of July.  Some steps we can hope and pray for a certain date, but only God can make it happen:  Language school in Brazil, September 2012 and arrival in Mozambique, April 2013.  (Both depend upon us being fully funded and supported by prayer.)

Each of these steps, the hard, tedious, easy and exciting are all necessary for us to get to Mozambique.  There are days when we wish we could skip all the steps and just be there, but then we are gently reminded by the Spirit of God that each step has a purpose.  Our hearts ache for the Bibleless of Mozambique and we are eager to be there, but there is something about learning through the process with every step we take.

Whatever steps we have taken and whatever steps we have remaining, our prayer is that we are walking closer and closer to God and His plan for our lives.  Thanks for walking down this path to Mozambique with us. You are an integral part of our team and this endeavor would not succeed without your prayers and support.   If you have any thoughts, suggestions, ideas or questions on how to further use your gifts as a part of our team, please let us know.  We are thankful for you!

May God direct our path, along with yours, every single step showing us this is not at all about us, but truly all about Him.

In His steps,

David and Wendi



Praise for...
-several opportunities to share about our mission and the need of Bible translation.
-new prayer and financial partners.
-God's pruning and shaping. 

Pray for...
-our transition into full-time ministry.
-a godly buyer for our house.
-for those who have heard about our ministry to act and join our team.
-for God's name to be lifted high and made famous.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In the Wait


Waiting is never easy.  Especially when it is something that is important to you.  As we finished up the Easter season, we couldn’t help to think forward to what happened next.  The disciples had heard about Jesus rising from the dead.  Some had even ventured into the empty tomb themselves.  So what was next?  They waited.  They sat in a room in Jerusalem and waited.  They waited because their Savior had instructed them to do so.  They waited for the fulfillment of what the Father had promised (Acts 1:4).  Maybe they even waited because their hearts had been changed and they desired for God to use them to change the hearts of others.  
 
Just as the disciples once waited, we wait.  

Some of us wait for transformation of a loved one’s health.  Some of us wait for a precious child to come home.  Our family in particular is waiting for God to gather a team of prayer and financial partners to walk along beside us serving the Bibleless of Mozambique, while many of the people of Mozambique, along with millions others around the world are waiting for a day when they can hear and read God’s word in a language that speaks directly to their heart.

And in the end, all of us are waiting for that day when Jesus returns again and we stand before the throne- every nation, tribe, people and tongue- worshiping Him for eternity.

Whatever we wait for, waiting is never easy.  

We desire to see God move, eager to see His purpose in us fulfilled.  Our hearts burst at the seeming inaction of the waiting, forgetting that it is in the wait that God is preparing and pruning.  In the wait He is moving and working in ways we cannot see or imagine.  The wait is like that pivotal moment in a movie when we hold our collective breaths to see just how it all comes together.  The wait is always before the climax.

So we wait.  We wait to see God work in ways that blow our mind.  Currently we are 1/3 of the way to our budgeted needs with our faith goal of leaving only 5 months away.  We wait to see how God meets all of our needs.  We wait to see who will be called to join us a part of our team for this adventure.  As we wait, we act and serve.   We continue to speak at churches, in small groups and with individuals and families.   

Waiting is not easy- our hearts explode with the desire to serve the needs of the Bibleless of Mozambique.  Waiting is not easy- our hearts ache to use the gifts and talents God has given us for His glory alone.   We wait to be able to go and end the wait for those who have never heard the words of Jesus in their own heart language.  

Thank you for waiting along side of us.  Thank you for praying about how God can use you to make this wait shorter.   Waiting is never easy, but it would be truly unbearable without your prayers and support.  

 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.   Psalm 27:13-14

Sunday, April 22, 2012

If You Would Like To...

We had such a great time this morning sharing at our home church of Rich Fork Baptist! We were immensely blessed by the encouragement and interest in our ministry with Wycliffe. 

If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, please use the contact form above.

If you would like to sign up for our monthly prayer email updates, please click here or on the partner button on the right.

If you would would to sign up as a financial partner, please click here or on the partner button on the right.

 In case anyone wanted to see the videos again, here they are:



Seed Company is a partner organization or Wycliffe and has at least 3 projects in Mozambique.





And if you are up for watching one more, this is another great one that will tell you even more about the benefit of Bible translation:



Friday, April 20, 2012

Small Steps

Small steps.

Deep cleaning melted refrozen orange popsicle out of the freezer. 

Dusting under the bed.

Vacuuming, again.

Speaking to a group of people you have never met before, but now cherish and love.

Renewing friendships with those you cherish and love.

Rushing through the house making final adjustments, hoping to please those coming to see.

Praying. 

Waiting.

Seeking.

Small steps.  One goal.  One desire. 

Seeking glory for only One.  


Monday, April 16, 2012

14,000 Square Miles

14,000 square miles.  Guinea Bissau, Africa.  Only slightly bigger then Maryland.  An insignificant piece of property to most.  So unimportant that a military coup topples its government and there is no mention of it in any major news sources.  14,000 square miles simply written off as a failed state, rife with drug trafficking and crime.  14,000 square miles of seemingly insignificant land full of unimportant people.

Until you remember walking its dusty paths.  

Until you remember holding its children in your arms.

Until you remember the eyes of the people, their heart's hungry for more than they know.



Then it all seems pretty significant after all.  

Please pray for Guinea-Bissau as the military has overthrown the government, closed the borders and is holding those who oppose it as hostages.

One of the missionaries serving there asked us to be praying this Psalm for him and the country.  It is such a God thing that I have a note in my Bible beside this Psalm that reads, "Canquelifa 4/11."  It was my prayer for that village in GB last year and will be my prayer for them again now.

Psalm 37:1-7
37  Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
     dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
     trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
     fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!
(for the entire Psalm, click here.) 

As you pray, check out these posts(1, 2, 3, 4, 5) detailing my trip last year.  Look at the pictures. Look in their eyes.  Pray for them knowing they are far from insignificant to our God.  

Monday, April 9, 2012

Overwhelmed

Saying that I am overwhelmed at the moment might be just a little bit of an understatement.  For the truth of the matter is that when I look at all we have before us- the tasks around raising support to go to Mozambique, the tasks around getting our home on the market (and getting it sold!), plus the daily tasks of wife/mom/teacher/daughter/friend- life is very overwhelming....to say the least. 

So, it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I spent more than one moment of life last week as a sobbing heap, wondering just how in the world I was going to get everything done.  It is funny the things that really send you spinning off into the deep end of overwhelmedness.  Last week, for me, it was the idea of getting the house clean (and keeping it clean) for market.  These two ideas caused my heart to squeeze in anxiety, my stomach to churn into knots and tears to flow easily.  I am not the best of housekeepers and the thought that the sale of my house might depend on my (in)ability to keep a spotless house left me in a puddle of miserable tears. 

But then the Lifter of my head stepped in, graciously reminding me it is not about me or my abilities, it is all about Him.  Truly, this is what grace is all about, right?  The fact is that if life depends on our abilities we will fail.every.single.time.  On our own, we will always be left overwhelmed by this world and all it holds.  Yet, all we need to really do is trust that He is the One who has called and He is the One who will work out every detail.

When the Bearer of my burdens stepped in, He showed me that I am not in this alone.  He brought into my life a friend who is a professional stager.  Lori has wonderfully come beside us, giving us ideas to improve the sale-ability of our home and some of the tools to make it happen.  I am truly thankful for her advice and see her as just one of those precious gifts from God that He likes to lavish upon His children.  (If you are about to sell your home, check her business out at www.stylishlystaged.com.  You will not be disappointed!)

I am still quite overwhelmed by all the tasks ahead of us.  I still have no idea just how it is going to get done. But I am slowly learning that it is not about me or my abilities...and because of that I am becoming more and more overwhelmed...but only now I am overwhelmed by His precious grace. 


Monday, April 2, 2012

A (Lavish) Recap

This past week we were able to spend some quality time visiting with some old friends and making some new friends in northern Virginia.  We want to thank everyone for your faithful prayers for our trip!

Truly, God lavished His love on us the entire time we were there.

He lavished His love through our hosts, two dear families who we have known for years, but have been blessed to reconnect with recently.  These families are both a great example of the hands and feet of Christ.  They graciously invited us into their homes, making us feel like family.  We are so blessed to have friends such as these who are willing to impact the Kingdom of God by housing a crazy missionary family like ours.

He lavished His love through the opportunities He opened up for us to share about the needs and impact of Bible translation.  On Sunday the 25th, we were able to speak at Braddock Baptist Church.  This church is a made up of several different nationalities and worship there was just like tasting a small bite of heaven.  We were blessed by both their open hearts and mission mindedness.  It is our prayer that our friendship with them would be long-lasting and have eternal consequences for God's glory.

He lavished His love through the new friends we were able to make.  We also were able to meet with two small group Bible studies and with a pastor in the area.  The conversations and questions were excellent in showing how interested people are in bringing the good news to the Bibleless of Mozambique.  We are praying for our new friends and are thankful for their prayers and support in kind.

He lavished His love through some precious time spent as a family.  While in NoVa, we were able to visit Mount Vernon (George Washington's plantation) and the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum.  I don't think my little men could have smiled more or been more excited.  George Washington is clearly one of Caleb's heroes and to walk on the same land as him, to spend time in his home, sent Caleb spinning off into history-buff heaven.  (Nathan was equally impressed with the blacksmith and farm animals.)  Both boys enjoyed seeing the Enterprise Space Shuttle, the Concorde and the SR-71 Stealth Jet at the Air &Space Museum.

While at the Air & Space Museum, we spent some time watching the planes taking off from Dulles, imagining where they were flying.  The boys decided that more than one was leaving for Mozambique or Brazil...and in the end...

He lavishes His love on us, because one day soon, we might be blessed enough to be on one of those planes!
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