It all just got real.
It was only a week ago that we were going back and forth about whether to rent or sell. Sell or rent. We hoped to keep this house we poured blood, sweat and tears into.
But we knew it could be difficult to rent a house from a continent away. And so, last Tuesday Andy listed our house on Craigslist. I had no idea how we were going to add house showings (and cleanings!) to everything else. But we prayed the Lord would make it very clear. And decided that if a buyer offered that price, we would accept. The next day, someone came to look at the house. [I thought to rent it.] But they liked it so much, they offered us that price. And we accepted.
In God’s providence, we were having a garage sale the next day. We had been waiting until the end for the big purge. But when our house sold the night before our garage sale, we realized this is near the end.
And it all became very real.
Suddenly, there is no plan B… We are moving!
Andy started emptying our house onto our lawn.
It’s one thing to make a New Year’s resolution to have “open hands.” It’s another thing to let people carry away belongings we never would sell if we were staying.
It’s one thing to say you’re gonna go. It’s another thing to know your husband’s job here ends in November.
It’s one thing to want to walk by faith not by sight. It’s another thing to blindly take the next step. And the next…
But there is One who continues to give the peace and courage to keep walking.
We are at Pre-Field Orientation at the New Tribes Mission headquarters in Florida.
14 years ago I sat in this very same room in tears, watching the Taliabo Story. I wanted my life to be about this. Reaching the unreached. Extending His fame.
And here we are today.
Sitting here with a lanyard around my neck and the words “East Brazil” below my name.
I sorta can’t believe it. This is happening!!
You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. Psalm 65.5
We have endless “awesome deeds” to praise our God for. Here are just a few…
..Others’ prayers. This means the world to us. We want to encourage you in the ways we have seen God at work. He hears!
..Our house sold. Not only that, but we asked for clarity. And He made it so very clear!
..Our garage sale. Not just successful downsizing, but the amazing attitudes our kids had through it all. They willingly let go of their things. Not one complaint. [That’s not normal for a 4 year old!] It was truly God’s grace in them!
Plus, they were distracted running their 3 Amigos Lemonade Stand.
..A “transition” house. We already have a place to stay between moving out of our house and moving to Brazil!
..Our unity and excitement for this journey He has us on.
..Our dear family and friends. We feel so very blessed to be loved enough for this to be hard. For all the ways these dear people continue to care, despite the tears and pain and all that comes with letting us go.
We continue to pray for…
..All of the paperwork to come through correctly and efficiently.
..God’s sustaining grace through the fury of the next few months of traveling and packing and moving.
..The monthly financial support needed for us to move in November.
Can a God who sold our house without us putting it on the market take care of all this?
We believe He can. We pray He will.