Let me just start off by saying that the Lord is sill amazing me every single day. Whether that be by a little brown box with a smile on it at my doorstep, an encouraging word from a friend, watching children drop handfuls of coins into the jars for Change 4 Change at Apex, or an email offering gift cards to purchase items for Ebenezer. I told house church on Tuesday, with tears streaming down my face, no blog post, Facebook status or words can express our appreciation for all of you coming alongside our family in this process. ALL of us are seeing the hand of God work in this journey! Quick story...
Sunday morning we went to church and as Rob and I were checking the kids in they went and looked in one of their Change 4 Change jars. They immediately started calling for Rob and I. We looked up and saw absolute shock and joy on their faces. As we walked over they began to say, "There are 2 $50 bills in the jar! That is $100 Mom and Dad!" They, along with Rob and I, could not believe this. That brings our total for Change 4 Change to over $200...AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN COUNTED THE CHANGE YET!!!!!!
In the book, Finish the Mission by a lot of wise men, John Piper says, "God gives his people material wealth for the sake of the world's spiritual worship. That is, he blesses his church with riches for the sake of reaching the nations. He gives a bountiful wheat harvest for the sake of a bountiful world harvest. He gives us more money than we need so that we can meet the world's greatest need-the need to know God through Jesus Christ. We are blessed to be a blessing."
Thank you to all of you that have used your material wealth to be a blessing to our family. And most importantly to being a blessing to the nations.
We are only 3 weeks away from getting on that plane and flying across the pond. AAAAAHHHHHHH! (That is a scream with a little bit of panic and a whole lot of excitement!)
Okay...I feel better. Broderick keeps asking me...every day..."Can we leave tomorrow?" Well no, my dear child we can't. There is much preparation still and our plane tickets clearly say March 21.
That being said I wanted to give you all an update of were we are and how you can still help.
-Pray. Seriously...I can't express enough how important this is. There are a lot of details involved in planning and preparing to take your family to Africa. I read a quote on a friends Facebook page that said, "Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be the big things that you do – but the little ones you love. What God’s graciously given you is always enough to be abundant grace for someone else." from Ann Voscamp. We do not want to get caught up in those details. We want this trip to be about sharing the grace of our God with every person we come in contact with. Pray for us.
- We are still collecting change for Change 4 Change. This is the Broderick and Carys' fundraiser. They have decided to use the money for food and/or school supplies while we are in Uganda.
-We have reached our first goal of $10,000 for the building of the school!!!! Praise the Lord for this. Now we only have $20,000 more to go. If you would like to give to the building of the school you can go to Equip1 and select the donate tab. You can also give me a check. Don't let the big number intimidate you...every penny counts...seriously!
Future home of Ebenezer Children's Ministry and Primary School
-If you would like to support our family financially you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Pray. Oh wait...I already said that. But for real...pray for us! We have started a Facebook page to share a little more intimately with people who want to pray for us. You can go here to check it out and follow it.