We have a busy couple weeks coming up which is a good thing! Krista is coming back home today and we are going to meet with some people in the next couple weeks. To this point we have been contacting a few close friends/family and we are excited to start talking to some other people.
We as have a close friend who is U.S. Rep for CCCD who is going to be swinging through Knoxville. He is traveling with the “Hands of Praise” team from Jamaica who will be traveling to churches performing to help raise money for CCCD. We don’t get to seem him very often and it will be great to talk to him about some ministry things as well as life.
Hey all! Krista is safely in Morocco and having fun. She traveled to a town there called Fes where she will be spending a couple days there. I guess that it is a very old city and a lot of things there are the same as they have been for hundreds of year. It should be very cool. Things have been good here in Knoxville. The weather has been incredible! It has been in the 70’s the last few days and it should be all through next week. I love it. I have spent a lot of time this week talking to some friends about partnering with us and just brainstorming ideas on how to continue this process with them as well. It has been a very encouraging week which is exactly what I needed! We are really blessed to know so many people in so many different areas.
Thanks so much for keeping up with us!
This week for some reason I have had a message from church stuck in my head from earlier this year. I got out my journal and revisited it. It’s really cool how a message might not mean all that much at the time but later in life you think back to what you heard and it fits. We had a message talking about dreams. Our pastor encouraged us to dream big dreams because God still has the power and he still can do it. Sacrifice, work, and faith our required. The thing I think that stood out the most to me then and even more so now is this idea that between now, and when your dream is accomplished, God is there. God is in the gap. In life we always seem to “wish” away the gaps. We would rather have our dreams accomplished and not have to go through the gaps in between. There is probably more to be learned in the gaps. I think that if we keep this in mind through this whole process we are going to benefit immensely from it in the end.
We have an exciting week coming up. Well, far more exciting for Krista than for me. 🙂 Krista is currently on spring break and has a wonderful opportunity to fly to Morocco to visit a close friend. She is really excited! I’m not sure what I’m going to do when she is gone but I’m sure I’ll stay busy. 🙂
So we can officially start raising/banking support! We super excited. We have a lot to learn in this area but we are happy that we can provide people with a way to partner with us. We have a lot of initial costs that we have to cover just to get down there! We have already been amazed at come of the gifts that people have given to fund some of those costs. It’s all in God’s time.
It seems like every single night we have something to do, or someone to email, or someone to talk to. I can already see that support raising is pretty much a full time job. We were hoping to get down to Jamaica early this summer on a trip just to get back to the island but it’s going to have to wait until probably August. We really would love to get there before we “get there” but we’ll have to see. We’re excited to see how God will use us through this process.
So lately I have been thinking a lot about the why. Why go to Jamaica? The more and more that I think about it, the more and more reasons I find to go. Jamaica is one of those places with a lot of extremes. You can have a super nice all inclusive resort with all the amenities that you could ever want and then across the street there are people living in huts. If you are deaf in Jamaica you have little to no rights or respect. You cannot drive a car and it is hard to get a decent education and even find a job. That is where CCCD comes in. They have created a wonderful place for kids to go to school and learn to read and write where they really wouldn’t have a good chance otherwise. They also have a “deaf village” where students can go after they have graduated from school and live in an all deaf community. CCCD also helps them find jobs and allows them to live in community. I can’t imagine how lonely it could be to be deaf in a hearing world.
For us, it’s exciting to think about the impact we can make. Krista is going to have a wonderful opportunity to get into the classroom there and use the knowledge that she has to teach these kids. I am excited to be leading work teams from all over as they bless the people of Jamaica and grow themselves while in Jamaica. Two small roles but there is so much we can do.
Why??? Why not?
This morning our pastor gave us this great reminder. So many of the blessings we take for granted, such as full pantries and clean water, are daily fights for survival for much of the world. What are we doing with our blessings? Consuming them all? Our pastor pointed out that the purpose was not to make us feel guilty, but grateful! We are ALL called to be givers of compassion, whether here in the U.S. or overseas. It’s not always a “feeling” of being called or hearing a “voice”…Jesus said you already are called! Ben and I are so excited for this adventure we are beginning, and God has something for you, too, wherever it may be! It’s funny how we’re blessed to bless others, and then are blessed again in return. I hope you find your opportunity, even if it’s not with our ministry. The world needs you! 🙂
So, I was reading a book about raising support and it had a very interesting section on attitude. When I think about it really does seem to be one of the most important things in support raising but even in life. The right attitude can make all the difference in the world. If my (our) attitude through this entire process is a good, positive attitude than that will make all the difference. I know that we will encounter some hard times through this process and through life, but I know that I can control my attitude. There was a quote by Chuck Swindoll in the book that I thought was awesome and I thought that I would share.
“The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a chance every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot chance the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have. and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes…”
Need I say more… 🙂
So it looks like I am going to have a day off today. Which Actually is a really good thing. It should give me some time to get some things done. I am probably going to meet with the missions pastor at church today. We need to come up with a “sending team” to help us throughout support raising. I have already had time to look into some health insurance options for missionaries and am going to try and get some reading done. I am starting the book “People Raising.” So far it has been awesome! I have never really looked at support raising all that closely and I think that having the right attitude about it is going to make all the difference. Exciting times!
Today we got a call from the president of CCCD and we are officially accepted and joining CCCD. We are so excited to begin and even more excited to get there. We know that it is probably going to be a long process (support raising, etc.) but we are up for the challenge. We are going to get started ASAP.
So next weekend the US board at CCCD is going to have board meeting and we will hopefully find out if we got accepted. We are so excited and ready to start. Through the whole process thus far we have felt like this I exactly where God wants us.