We are coming down to the finish line, it is almost in sight! Tim has submitted his resignation to MIT, and Candy is in discussions for how her transition might play out. We still need more prayer and financial support partners to join us, but feel God is moving! Read on below a story that was shared by Mike Boone while we helped with the R.A.C.E. college group out in WA. We are at our ship burning moment!
Lev 24:8 - Every Sabbath day Aaron shall set them in order before the Lord regularly as a commitment of the people of Israel, as a covenant forever. NRSV
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too." - Goethe
In days of old, upon arriving at their destination explorers would burn their ships in the harbor in clear view of all their crew. The unmistakable message was clear: there is no turning back. Commitment was not optional.
Compared with these explorers, most of us are cowards regarding commitment. We always make sure we have a way out, "an exit strategy" in business parlance. Our religion, our marriages, and our friendships are each disposable at a whim. We don't understand the miracle and the power of commitment. God created us for abundant joy in divinely appointed relationships, with Him and with each other, but we will not eat of the limitless fruit unless we will commit ourselves completely first.
It is only when the chance for easy escape has been removed that great plans are accomplished. Only when our feet actually go into the water, like the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant into the Jordan River, do miracles start to occur. It is a mystery fit for poets that one instant of decision, one moment of bold glorious action, should change all of eternity.
It is through the heroism of our commitment to what we most believe in and cherish, that not only are we transformed, but we also become a testimony to others who long for a deeper satisfaction. When men and women become committed to their God, and to each other, the world takes notice. All around us there is compromise and failure, betrayals small and great. But if we are courageous, maybe today, a towering flame will rise from the harbor announcing that the time of cowardice has past, and in full view of the world, we are burning our ships.
God has been moving in amazing ways as we continue to take steps forward. We are humbled by and thankful for the many friends and family members who have come alongside us in prayer and financial support!
Prayer Support: As we make the transition to full-time work with Impact Ministries, we still need to continue building our prayer team.We are grateful that 71 people are partnering with us in prayer. We need at least 80 people and are aiming for 100 people who are committed to praying for us regularly. To receive more frequent (about monthly) short updates with prayer and praise items as they arise, click here to be added to our prayer partner list.
Financial Support: To serve with Impact Ministries, we are required to raise our own faith support. Impact Ministries' board requires us to be at 80% of our full budget to be released to purchase two plane tickets. We currently have 33 people financially partnering with us, but we are still $850/month below our 80% goal for both of us to step away from MIT in April 2014. Would you prayerfully consider joining us with an ongoing monthly, quarterly, or annual gift?
Right now we have several partners who have donated $850 in ongoing monthly support who would like us to match that support with new financial partners. Praise God! If we receive the full matching funds we will be at the minimum amount for both of us to begin this new chapter in life! If you would like to partner with us financially you can donate now at Impact Ministries online giving page.If you would like more information you can visit our website. We would love to schedule a time to talk with you about our vision for full-time service with Impact Ministries, email us or give us a call at 857-756-2225.
With each passing day, there is excitement and sorrow. I am beginning to feel these emotions that come with each transition in life. We will soon be living in Guatemala, leaving friends that I love and cherish. This mix of emotions is not a new feeling, but I am quicker than in the past to look for Godâ€™s intention for this mix of feelings.
Proverbs 27:17 tells me, â€œIron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friendâ€ (ASV). This is a great reminder that the role of beloved friends is to sharpen us. They allow us to practice that which is all that God wants us to be as Christians. So, I move to Guatemala knowing that my friends will continue to sharpen me even from afar. I am so encouraged by the many of you who receive our newsletter and take the time to drop us a quick note. Whether it is about what is going on in your life or a word of encouragement, or even a bit of sharpening wisdom; I appreciate your friendship. I look forward to how God will use our friendship to further His kingdom in the years to come.
This winter has been rough! Between the snow and freezing cold weather I am soooo ready for spring. One of my co-workers asked why I wasn't in Guatemala now, poor planning he said. :) The news of my departure in April has been spreading at MIT and it has been a little sad knowing that after 7.5 years I will be moving on. My time at MIT was a God send, which provided some valuable training and financial stability as we rebuilt a firm financial footing after being underemployed and unemployed for several years. Praise the Lord for his timely provision through steady work.
My small foot surgery went well on December 23rd and the recovery was very quick and without any problems. Thank you for your prayers for a safe and speedy recovery!
Prayer & Praise Items:
* Praise, Candy's mom's house sold at the end of January!
* Praise, we had good partnership meetings in MA and PA in late January and February.
* Praise, we are part of "The Marriage Course" at Grace Chapel and it is a wonderful tune-up before we transition to full time ministry.
* Praise, Candy had a chance to lead a women's small group studying "Wonderstruck" by Margaret Fineberg, which turned out to be an enriching time.
* Praise the new Vida Nueva school opened in January for the new school year.
* Praise, our secretary desk sold. Pray that our other furniture will sell.
* Pray that additional people will partner with us in prayer and ongoing financial support so that both of us can leave MIT in mid-April.
* Pray that we would finish well at MIT.
* Pray that all the details of packing, moving, and travel come together.
* Pray that we will identify a place to stay when we are out in WA next winter.
Gamer group at our place
Being prayed for after morning devotional
Vida Nueva school dedication in January
Oscar and his son James
Altars at Chixim overlooking Tactic
Hiking down into sinkhole
Alejandro, Vivi, and Valerie
Dining room at Chijacorral
Calendar of Events:
* March - Preparations for April departure
* mid-April - Leave MIT
* mid to late April - Leave MA travel to PA
* late April - travel to WA
* May 10th - travel to Guatemala