Praise, Prayer, & Pressing Through

Our four-year-old tootled past with a stuffed puppy hanging over his arms.  When I commented on his brown-eyed friend, he said, “Yeah, but I won’t be able to take him to Costa Rica.”  For months he has brought me everything from kid’s meal toys to rocks, asking if they can go with us.  So, why not this?  It hurt a little to hear him say, “Because he’s big and not important.” I assured him there was room in the suitcase for the stuff he loved most.  Off he bounced, paws flopping, while I started thinking about how to help us all through this process of sorting through our houseful of stuff.  Yesterday we packed up each child’s A-list of toys for this flight and set aside another pile for future transport.  Some has been tossed, some sold, and some marked for memory-storage in Matt’s parents’ barn.  Fear not. There will be no shortage of Legos to decorate the floor in our future Costa Rican home.   Barbie even gets to bring her horse.  Lucky gal.

We are making good progress, but could really use your prayers.  Our biggest petitions right now are as follows:

  • Wisdom to use the time that we have left in Omaha efficiently and to know how to ask for help to get our house packed up and everything ready to begin our new life well.
  • That our house would sell quickly and soon to the family the Lord has for it.  We have looked into renting options, but feel that the Lord would have us release it fully.
  • For provision as we set out to serve the Lord in the nations.  We have been blessed with funding for most of our one-time launch expenses, and have had many wonderful people come alongside us with ongoing support pledges.  Right now our monthly budget is 53% funded.  We plan to live as simply as possible and trust the Lord to meet our needs in a way we’ve never had to before.

Crossing OverIn 10 days we lift off from the prairie to go serve the Lord in the land of rain forests.  Our feet are on the bridge.  We thought it would be a good time to share why we are praising, how you can be praying, and what we are pressing through.  Click <here> to read more details in our latest update, or hop over to our Newsletters tab.

Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain                           [or home buyers]?
    Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O Lord our God!
    Only you can do such things.
    So we will wait for you to help us.  Jeremiah 14:22

The Final Stretch

We head back early in the morning this Thursday so tomorrow is our final day at the Home. Our prayer right now is that we will be able to finish strong and do all of the things Our Father has for us in this remaining time.

We look back at all of the therapy sessions with kids and staff, preschool classes, hugs for the kids, prayers, meetings, fellowship times, cookies baked, devotions, trips down the slides and shovels of dirt. God called us to come here. We pray that everything we have done was a blessing to the kids and the staff.

Your prayers have covered us throughout this trip. We have been safe and richly blessed through this entire time. The Lord has shown up in mighty ways throughout our time here at the home. He has shown His healing power, guided us and protected us. He has revealed Himself in hugs given and received, smiles shared, praises sung, words spoken, quiet moments, the glory of His creation, the spirit of His people and the life in His Word.

Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we finish our time here, as we travel home and throughout our transition back into life when we arrive home. It is always a challenge to come back from a missions trip. The enemy pounces as our defenses relax, ‘real life’ crushes back in and tries to steal everything the Lord has done in us during our time.

Thank you for blessing us.