Thanks so much for checking out our blog! A journey that we have so very much anticipated sharing and shouting from the mountaintops is finally here…
We are officially appointed MISSIONARIES!
We realize that some of you may be hearing about this for the first time and we’re so thankful that you’re reading this and for your interest in our lives. Before we get into where things are today and what’s ahead of us, we want to briefly share with you about our journey so far…
In the late summer/fall of 2019, we began sensing that God was up to something in our lives and preparing us for a new season in ministry. We weren’t sure what that was at the time, but all we knew to do was to put our ‘yes’ on the table.
We prayed and asked God to show us where He was leading us. Over the next couple of months and a lot of prayer and conversations, God made it clear that He was calling us to the foreign mission field and we surrendered to that call (even though we still had plenty of questions).
When God leads us to take a big step of faith, as humans, we tend to try to justify every reason that it couldn’t be so. This is what some of our prayers sounded like early on in the process…
God, our girls love their school, have amazing friendships, grandparents live close…they’re so stable and happy.
God, what about our foster daughter we love?
God, what about our house/mortgage?
God, we love our church, ministry, and friends here that we do life with.
God, this seems impossible and the timing doesn’t seem to be right…are we hearing You clearly?
Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question?Romans 9:20 (The Message)
We believe that while God welcomes our questions, He loves to remind us that He is sovereign and that nothing is impossible for Him. He started making things happen right before our eyes!
- He sold our home when we didn’t even have it on the market.
- He provided transitional housing for us to live in when our home sold.
- He helped us transition our foster daughter to a new home with her aunt and uncle when He confirmed that our time with her was coming to an end.
- And much more than we can share in this one post.
For every doubt, fear, and question that we had, God had an answer and He made a way. At every turn, He has undeniably confirmed His call on our lives to the foreign mission field. He continues to remind us throughout this process to trust Him even when we don’t have all the answers and that faith is what pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6).
“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?”Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)
The Application Process
Over the past several months we have been extremely busy walking through the application process with our incredible missions agency, TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). We’ll share more about TEAM in a later blog post, but feel free to check out their website at team.org. The past several months have been filled with…
- Applications, paperwork, and biblical questionnaires
- Multiple interviews (virtual and in-person)
- Psychological evaluations and testing
- Gathering past medical records and other documentation
- Getting physical exams, bloodwork, x-rays, etc…
- Renewing our passports and getting the girls’ first passports
- And more, but we’ll stop there
It’s been somewhat of an exhausting season mentally, BUT we have finally completed the application process! With a big sigh of relief and grateful hearts we can say that we are thankful to God for helping us through that and we’re ready for what’s next…all the glory goes only to Him!
We received a call a little over a week ago that TEAM’s review board approved and appointed us as long-term missionaries!
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)
I will tell of all of the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
The People And Place Of Service
We prayed throughout the process for God to give us a burden and a heart for a specific people and place of service. As we prayed, researched, and explored many different options (as the list of opportunities is pretty overwhelming), the Lord kept bringing us back to the people of Europe.
TEAM works in several different European countries, so we needed to narrow it down to a specific one. After much prayer, fasting, multiple conversations with the leadership in several countries, and seeking wisdom from friends and family, the Lord gave us overwhelming peace and clarity.
We’re excited to let you know that we will be serving alongside a team of missionaries and church planters in the Czech Republic in the capital city of Prague!
While the Czech Republic is a beautiful country with a rich history, it ranks as one of the most atheistic and agnostic countries in the world. With a population of 10.7 million people, less than 1% are evangelical Christians. There’s a desperate need for the Gospel and our hearts are extremely burdened (more about the Czech Republic in a later post)!
Our first couple of years in Prague will be focused on learning the Czech language and culture. Our long-term ministry focus there will be church planting, discipleship, and ministering through our musical gifts. We are so excited to see the opportunities we will be able to be involved in.
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the Gospel…1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NIV)
The Next Steps
The next step in the process is our training and orientation, and due to COVID-19, that training will be taking place online. Once we complete training and orientation, TEAM will connect us with some mentors and coaches who will help us walk though a season of raising support and preparation for the mission field. We don’t know what our timeline looks like at this point, but we believe that God will make it clear, and everything will happen in His timing.
Please reach out to us, as we would love to talk to more of you personally about this adventure and answer any questions you may have! While we would love to talk with you in person, we’re getting pretty comfortable with FaceTime and Zoom video calls during this quarantine season 🙂
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Most importantly, please be in prayer for us for God’s wisdom, discernment, provision, and strength as we take the next steps in this process. Thanks again for checking out our blog and for your interest in our missionary journey!
I am enjoying being in MO with the two of you.. May God richly bless your ministry in Prague!!
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