Garage Sales and God’s Grace

As I emerge from the fog of colds and sinus infections (please pray that we would all be healthy over the next few months) I am realizing just how much work has to be done in the next three months.  As I am sure many of you have experienced, when saying “yes” to a job that only God can accomplish one vacillates between excitement over what God is doing and has done and panic at the sheer impossibility of the task ahead.  I was pondering this paradox today and this verse came to mind: His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

I think that I will just rest in this verse for a while and remember that in the midst of being sick we had a great garage sale.  Jarren is continuing to take ownership of the move and the shedding of possessions that it requires, Renna is enjoying new experiences at preschool (she has to run in, “hurry, mom, we have to go fast”) and that down time being sick let God speak to us about what our support team should look like.  you will find our vision for our support team below.  We hope that we will be able to meet with many of you before we leave, hear what God is doing in your lives and share how God has been leading us.  We hope that many of you will decide to join us on this adventure.  Blessings.

Vision for our Support Team

As diverse as our ministry background

Having recognized the call of God on our lives for full-time ministry in high school(Brandi) and college(Robin) we have participated in many church bodies and in various roles.  Through these opportunities we have ministered with and to many different people.  God doesn’t place us in people’s lives without purpose.  As we move into this new ministry are you called to move with us?

100 individuals or families supporting financially and/or in prayer

We know that some will be called and able to give more than others.  Some are gifted and called to pray and encourage.  As we were praying and talking about this process of bringing together a support team this is the number that came to mind.

12 individuals/families for each child supporting in prayer and encouragement

We recognize that this ministry uproots our children from their home culture and moves them away from family and friends that are important in their lives.  Even though this opportunity offers them much, and we believe that we have been called as a family and have seen God working to prepare them for this move we recognize that they are in need of specific prayer and encouragement.  We believe that God has called 24 of you to participate in this way.  One individual/family for each month of the year for each child.  We would ask those of you who take on this role to pray regularly for Jarren or Renna and to send them a card of note on your particular month.

3 churches/organizations that will pray, promote and participate in the ministry

Three churches, groups or organizations that will commit to pray for us and the Extreme Nazarene Ministry, promote the ministry by connecting us with interested individuals and having us speak to groups large and small when we are in the States and participate by encouraging members to come on a two-week project trip.

100% by January 2012

We believe that the ministry of raising a support team, connecting with friends and family and inviting them to come along in this adventure, is what we are to engage in now before we leave.   We hope to be headed to Peru in January and to have our support team in place before we leave so that we can concentrate on the ministry God has prepared for us there.