Our four-year-old tootled past with a stuffed puppy hanging over his arms. When I commented on his brown-eyed friend, he said, “Yeah, but I won’t be able to take him to Costa Rica.” For months he has brought me everything from kid’s meal toys to rocks, asking if they can go with us. So, why not this? It hurt a little to hear him say, “Because he’s big and not important.” I assured him there was room in the suitcase for the stuff he loved most. Off he bounced, paws flopping, while I started thinking about how to help us all through this process of sorting through our houseful of stuff. Yesterday we packed up each child’s A-list of toys for this flight and set aside another pile for future transport. Some has been tossed, some sold, and some marked for memory-storage in Matt’s parents’ barn. Fear not. There will be no shortage of Legos to decorate the floor in our future Costa Rican home. Barbie even gets to bring her horse. Lucky gal.
We are making good progress, but could really use your prayers. Our biggest petitions right now are as follows:
- Wisdom to use the time that we have left in Omaha efficiently and to know how to ask for help to get our house packed up and everything ready to begin our new life well.
- That our house would sell quickly and soon to the family the Lord has for it. We have looked into renting options, but feel that the Lord would have us release it fully.
- For provision as we set out to serve the Lord in the nations. We have been blessed with funding for most of our one-time launch expenses, and have had many wonderful people come alongside us with ongoing support pledges. Right now our monthly budget is 53% funded. We plan to live as simply as possible and trust the Lord to meet our needs in a way we’ve never had to before.
In 10 days we lift off from the prairie to go serve the Lord in the land of rain forests. Our feet are on the bridge. We thought it would be a good time to share why we are praising, how you can be praying, and what we are pressing through. Click <here> to read more details in our latest update, or hop over to our Newsletters tab.
Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain [or home buyers]?
Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O Lord our God!
Only you can do such things.
So we will wait for you to help us. Jeremiah 14:22