Here it is Jarren’s Volcano-meter at 100% funded. We are so excited to be on our way and so thankful that we have an apartment with most of what we need for furnishings waiting for us. God has truly worked things out in ways that we wouldn’t have imagined. Here is what the next few weeks look like for us. June 15-22 in Seattle, June 23-27 in Portland. Flying out for Peru June 27. We are so thankful for all of you that have faithfully supported us in prayer and finances and look forward to sharing with you the ministry in Peru.
This is a quick update to let you all know that we are 100% funded and have bought our tickets. I hope to have Jarren update his Volcano-meter soon. We are very excited but also have heavy hearts this evening as we have received news that Bonita Park, a Nazarene camp and the Angus church of the Nazarene have suffered extensive damage from a forest fire in New Mexico. This was one of our stops in New Mexico. As they are still dealing with an uncontained fire they do not have an exact accounting of all the damage. Please be praying with us for the all those affected by this loss.
This is the phrase that has been coming to mind over the last week. What does it mean to redeem the time, to make the most of every opportunity, when you feel like you are in between places? Well here are a few of the things that we are doing while we wait:
Finishing the school year: Since it was certain to be at least two weeks before we left Madras and we needed to have something to keep us parents in one place for a while so we could rest, we enrolled Jarren in school. Such a blessing, he spends time with kids his own age, gets to go to school where Robin went to elementary school and is in on the “fun” end of the year activities like The Inventors Workshop and Field Day.
Training for a 5k. Jarren loves to run and if we are in Madras for the 4th of July he will want to run in the 5k race they have here. He ran in it last year and I couldn’t keep up. While I have no illusions I would be able to keep up this year even if I prepare (he ran it in 22 minutes last year) I could certainly use the exercise. So now you can find us in Juniper Hills Park (when its not raining, why is it raining in Madras?) running.
Soaking up lots of Grammy, Grandpa and Auntie time: Renna has been having a little taste of heaven these last few weeks, an abundance of her favorite people to dote on her and give her all the attention a 4-year-old can contain (Jarren is enjoying it too). This has truly been a blessed time of rest after a very busy month of travel and we are so thankful to be spending this time with family.
Although this time in Madras has been faith stretching as we are anxious to be on our way, once again we find it is what we need, so we are prayerfully looking forward to the next stop on our journey. Next week after school is out for Jarren we will be heading up to Seattle to visit Nana, Papa and cousins (Aunts and Uncles too) and get our phones for Peru.
Pray with us that we are on a plane for Peru soon ( we are at about 85%) and that none of the many little details get left behind.
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (Redeeming the Time). 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Well we have been in Madras for almost a week and finally felt like we may be catching up on sleep. In my post I mentioned feeling stretched and now I must admit to feeling squished, which led me to think a clay and how it has to be worked to be useful. How does a car full of stuff feel like too much? When you are trying to put it in out-of-the-way places in someone elses house for an indeterminate amount of time. Perhaps the only one of us not experiencing a lack of personal space is Renna, who is gobbling up the constant attention and proximity of parents and grandparents. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be here in Madras while we finish raising support, thankful that we are packed up and out of our house,and thankful that God is working in us as he prepares us for our move to Peru. So for now you will find us in Madras, Oregon listening for what is next on our journey. While we are here we are getting our mailing lists together (so if you want to get our news letters from us be sure we have your e-mail or physical address), reestablishing good habits (physically and spiritually) as these were hard to maintain on the road, and starting what projects we can for Extreme. Pray with us that all this stretching and squeezing will be to good effect and help us to better reflect the glory of God.
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from Godand not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Just a few days left and we will be back in Madras, our almost home and hopefully soon we will be in Arequipa, Peru, our new home. Right now it feels a bit like I keep thinking “are we there yet”. I am hoping that we will catch a third wind here soon, one that will finish us up and send us off.
Every stop along the way has had its blessings. Here are a few from the last few days: Rerouting through Colorado and being able to see old friends, a beautiful green space in the back of the hotel in Ogden, UT that Jarren and Renna were able to run laps around, getting an up grade in the same hotel because they wired the sleeper sofa shut(?) and last but not least I am thankful for finding a book that kept Jarren occupied for two hours in the car.
This trip has certainly stretched us and I’ll admit to feeling a little thin on patience nad sleep but I think we have learned a bit about living with less space as well as less stuff. There are fewer places to hide bad moods and short tempers in a sedan, hotel room or someone elses home, but there are so many things to be thankful for as we experience working out God’s will for our family together.
It has not been by chance that we have found ourselves in New Mexico. I know that I have written almost this exact same thing before and if you have talked to me in the last few weeks I have gone on and on about how this has been exactly where we are supposed to be right now and we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. This morning as I was reflecting on our trip and we are about to head back to Oregon this verse came to mind:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I know that this verse gets used so often, but it seemed to so completely express what we are living right now. As we talk to people about our journey and what lead us to the mission field we talk a lot about listening to what God has for you. And I think that we can only walk in his plan for us and fully experience it when we are listening and acting. Sometimes it is big things, like “move you family to Peru” or “take a four-week road trip”, but more often it is small, little things that change our perspective or attitude and leave us open to acting freely when the call for larger actions come. We are praying for you that you will be able to hear clearly and act freely, pray for us that we will do the same.
Praise the Lord we have renters! They move in the first of June.
We are currently at 82% We are so close, if you are planning to partner with us financially and haven’t signed up on the website or given us an amount you intend to send please do, we have to be at 100% before we can leave. Just click the support button on this page and it will take you to our online giving page.
Please pray for safe travels back toward Oregon. We rerouted through Colorado and will add one more day to our trip so we can visit with some friends here.
I wondered a bit what we would do if we were already to go and didn’t have our funding in place, but since we are working on being obedient and getting ready to go was what we felt God was saying I put off any further contemplation untill that situation actually presented itself. When we sent the kids off to Madras, cleaned out our house and planned a road trip I had little time to contemplate this question. It wasn’t untill we were somewhere between California and Arizona that the answer came to me. God wouldn’t send us to the field empty. We have spent the last 6 months emptying ourselves and lives of all the extra, giving up, giving away possessions in order to be free to serve. During this road trip God has been pouring into our lives, not material things, but the opportunities to hear other people’s stories,and dreams and share in their journeys. It has been a time of receiving hospitality. I am feeling full. Pray with us that we continue to listen carefully to God’s voice and that he will release our funding soon so that we can serve in Peru.