Today we purchased our tickets to Italy.
Like, “we’re leaving in three short weeks,” purchased our tickets.
Like, “all our belongings are being shipped over the Atlantic Ocean this week,” purchased our tickets.
We are finally moving. Wow, that feels good to write.
As many of you know, our journey has been long. Very long. Who’d have thought our journey would take us through places like San Diego and Atlanta? Who’d have thought we’d have over 70 ministry partners from every corner of the country and even parts of the globe? Who’d have thought we’d be re-routed from Spain to Italy? Who’d have thought it would have taken so long?
Spoiler Alert – we sure didn’t.
A few weeks ago I received a little message from our good friends in Spain reminding us just how long this journey has been. He sent a copy of one of the first messages we had ever sent to him and his family as we were exploring mission organizations like CRM and ministry in Europe.
That message was dated 9-7-11.
Hey Deric, Thanks for your message…sorry it took me so long to get back to you, for some reason I can only see your message on my phone, not on my computer…but I digress. It is true we are very interested in missional community living and CRM. Both my wife and I are looking to serve overseas in some capacity and are exploring opportunities right now. We both feel like God is moving us toward cross cultural ministry but really are praying and seeking God as to what that is supposed to look like. I think Jenifer and I are certainly interested in Spain, learning Spanish, etc. However, at this point obviously we know very little as to what you are doing out there and would love to know more. I would love to talk with you more and see what God is doing over there and what your vision for ministry in Malaga looks like. Thanks again for contacting me! Blessings, Jeff
As we reflect back on our journey toward cross cultural ministry I can’t help but think of a simple prayer we prayed almost 6 years ago as we sensed God moving us toward this type of ministry. As we sat in our apartment in Tacoma, Washington, we simply prayed, “God, wherever you lead us next, and whatever you lead us into, may we look back at the journey and only be able to point to you and what you’ve done. May it be your work from start to finish.”
Our journey has been long. It has not been easy, but it’s been one of the most life shaping, transformative seasons of our lives. And we are grateful. We look ahead with great anticipation; more trusting than ever before of His faithful and sometimes painfully slow work to sustain us and carry us as we follow Him.
The wait’s been worth it. Thank you for waiting with us.
God did it.