Friday, January 21, 2011

The Next Step

Below is a message I sent out to update many of my Facebook friends on Tuesday afternoon which pretty much sums any news with us up. We'd had a phone conversation that morning - that we were very nervous and excited about - with the main representative in Ireland. I just keep reminding myself- Yes, God can even work His will through nervous silence in a conversation, lags responses due to distance, and bad echoes due to two people on the same conference call on two different phones in the same room! :-)

Thanks to all of you who prayed for our phone conversation today with Eric in Ireland! It seemed to go very well, and it looks like we are moving on to the next step which is a 6-12 month mentoring program and discipleship course. We learned a few interesting things about the process and what World Harvest Missions (WHM) is doing there now. We also sketched out a very loose timeline with the understanding that God could completely change it at any time. We like that Eric even mentioned God could be working in many different ways: Us with WHM in Ireland, us in Ireland through another organization, us with WHM in another country, or any other number of avenues. As he said, "It's a lot easier for God to drive us in the right direction when we have ourselves out of "Park" and in gear."

As for now, it looks like we may take our vision trip over there in the summer of 2012 when they have a prayer conference. If that is the case, we would start the full run process (officially being a part of WHM) somewhere in the fall of that year and hope to be in Ireland by the summer of 2014. That's about the timeline Kev and I had been thinking as well. That would put Derek in college, Malachi a senior in HS, Lauren going into the 8th grade and Elijah into 6th. 

Also, for those of you who don't know, Kevin has decided to go by his legal name, Ruel, when we move. So if you hear me say something about Ruel and I for over there please know it's still the same man for me! :-)

We ask for your continued prayer and support through this process and can't wait to have more to tell you all!

May you see God today-
(We sure have!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Say A Prayer

This next Tuesday we will be discussing a possible next step with a gentleman in Ireland. I ask for your prayers that God will make it very clear to both us and him if this is the avenue the Lord wants us to take.

Thank you and I'll update you soon!

8 All the words of My mouth are righteous;
    none of them are deceptive or perverse.

    9 All of them are clear to the perceptive,
    and right to those who discover knowledge.

    10 Accept my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.

Psalm 8:8-10

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

All Things New

2010 saw a lot of changes in our life.

Not only did God finally give us the go ahead to start planning the next phase of our work for Him, but also He gave us the assurance that He can and will provide everything that is necessary. Both we and our children have grown in the idea of what He is doing and are blessed beyond measure.

It's the little things I love so much:
-We play the game of "Guess what the temperature is in Celsius" in our van everyday.
-We have grown accustom to daily checking the Irish news online.
-We are always joking about how Derek (our oldest) is wearing dearg ("red" in Irish) pronounced much like "Derek".
-We've found our heart is almost at home in Ireland already and we haven't even visited yet.

It amazes me how much can change in such a short period of time... I can't wait to see what will be by January 2012!