Monday, November 9, 2015

The Next Chapter

Here is an update of what has been happening recently in our journey, and a picture of what lies ahead...
There were several reasons Tara and I decided to move on from serving in Haiti.  I will be going into none of those, as it would serve no purpose.  The only reason I bring them up is to give a little bit more context to following story.  In August, I ran into my pastor at church one Saturday.  As he was aware of the situation before us, I sat down to chat with him for a bit.  As I laid out our concerns, he brought up the passage that had been my reading two nights before.  We talked about Paul and his journey to Macedonia.  After we had talked for a while, he brought up an opportunity that another local pastor had been pushing him to get involved with, and wondered if I might like to talk to him. A couple of weeks later, the three of us were meeting for coffee at Cedar Ridge Christian Church.
So this is what we will be looking at:

I want to stress how very new this is for us.  At this point, we are following what has been laid in front of us.  As we have officially decided to close the door to Haiti, we are able to focus on what might be in our future in Poland.  It really has been a whirlwind of emotions for us.  What I can tell you for sure is that there is no anxiousness whatsoever in looking into this ministry. We will be making a trip to Poland sometime next year.  We're still trying to nail down a date.  As a long-term move, our timeline hasn't changed much.
As we continue to seek God's path, we pray that you would continue to keep us in our prayers as we journey down this road.  We pray that we will not miss any direction from our Father, and that our paths continually align with His.  We will keep you updated as things progress.  As always, we want to say thank you to our friends and family for your support.  It truly does mean the world to us.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Not What We Expected

I can honestly say that this was not a post that I expected to write.  For several reasons, and after many thoughts and prayers, Tara and I have decided that we will not be seeking to serve at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.  It has been over 16 months in this journey for us, and it has been a hard decision for us to make, but Tara and I feel that it is best for us to completely close this door so we can focus on other doors God is opening for us.  We have been happy to serve in the capacity God has used us while we took trips to Haiti, and have met some wonderful people along the way.
As we begin a new chapter in this journey, we want all of our friends and family to know that our hearts are still in missions.  We are currently looking at another opportunity that has been presented to us.  We ask for your continued prayers.  Specifically, we ask that God's direction will be clear and evident.  This was a hard decision for us.  If you have kept up with us, you know that we felt our calling was very pointed, so until we made this decision recently, there has been a feeling of being lost in our direction. We hope to move on from that feeling with this decision.
I will fill all of you in on our new opportunity when we have a little more information.  What I can tell everyone is that it is different in almost every way than what we would have experienced in Haiti. We continue to look forward to where God is leading us, and continue to trust in His direction in our lives.  I will be updating our blog soon, and can't wait to share about the opportunity before us! Thank you for your continued prayers on our behalf.  Please don't stop, as this is the most important part of our support.