Hey Y’all. Can I just tell you just how much I have loved being home this month? It has been challenging and glorious and once again the Lord is taking the familiar and stretching me beyond comfort and security and teaching me to trust in Him so much deeper. I am about to be real with y’all and I am thankful that you will love me through the reality.
When I jumped off the plane (I didn’t really jump cause I was a bit tired and people would have thought I was weird, which I think I would have been ok with), I had this awesome plan in my mind that I was going to see as many of my friends and family as possible, work some part time hours to pay off my taxes for the year (more about that later), and raise monthly support within the thirty days I had given myself. Through all this, I was still waiting on confirmation about the school I was hoping to staff in the fall. Ambitious? Yes, but I was excited to get going.
I have had the opportunity to have coffee with friends and meet their babies for the first time. I have celebrated birthdays with family. I have prayed with family. I have prayed with friends. I spent a glorious week with my brother and his family. I spent time with cousins who some of them I hadn’t seen in three years. I have eaten a TON of food. I have had many conversations with my parents and had the opportunity to share a church on the island.
the circumstances around me. Self-doubt takes it’s hold and I begin to ask questions like ” am I really supposed to be doing this” “did I hear you right Lord” ” Am I walking in faith” ” Do people believe in what I am doing”…..questions that can paralyze a person and make them unable to do work in which they are called. Each time I have to stop, take a deep breath, and fix my eyes back on Jesus. He is the Author and perfecter. He is the sustainer and He has called so He will equip. Just like that the joy floods in and I am excited for the adventure ahead.
This past week I was officially invited to staff the Discipleship Training School that runs every quarter at the Ships base in Kona. I felt the Lord calling me to lay IPHC down for a season and run with this school and the students that are coming in. I believe this is going to be a strategic season not just for me personally, but for some of the dreams he started placing in my heart involving health care. I desire to be effective in missions, to be better teacher and communicator; to grow in discipleship, evangelism, and boldness and to not just seek truth, compassion, mercy, and justice, but grasp and understand it. I believe that this is the season in which He will begin to tie all these together. I am so excited to be able to run with this staff team and the students coming in from all over the country!
I am so often asking you to share how you are doing and what is going on in your life, but I was not willing to do that with you. I am so sorry that I did not include you in this process. You are my friends and family; my support and encouragement; you are my intercessors and life givers and I missed out in not sharing this burden with you. Please forgive me and thank you for loving me through my short comings.
As of this week, I almost have it all paid off and I am so excited that it no longer will be sitting on my shoulders. If you have any good information about how to deal with taxes or know of good books to read, or tactics that have worked for you, I would love to hear them. I am still very much learning how to honor the system that is in place and budget correctly for every fiscal year.
YWAM TOGETHER GLOBAL CONFERENCE
IHOP KC is partnering with us this year and it is all centered around “Ending Bible Poverty”. Different global missionary organizations have been working together to bridge the gap of those who have access to a bible and those who don’t. they now believe they see the finish line. Can you imagine that within the next few years everyone on the planet will have access to the bible in their own language and that includes those who do not have a written language.
I am looking forward to the chance to serve while there, meet other healthcare missionaries, interceding with missionaries from around the world who desire to see the gospel in all nations, and learning ways in which I can be part of the process.
I am supposed to be leaving tomorrow to make my way back to Kona and there are a couple of ways you can join me.
- I haven’t purchased a ticket yet- if you have frequent flier miles or would like to give toward that ticket that would be super great.
- If you are interested or have questions about joining me as a monthly partner, I would be happy to chat with you.
- If you would like to join my prayer team, I would love to chat with you about it.
Love y’all and can’t wait to hear from you soon!
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