"Moving to Africa? With your kids? You're nuts."
My reply? You're right. I agree, we have lost our minds indeed.
Super done holding onto something we have never had one day of our life, control. Control, that if we live a "safe" life full of the American Dream it will work out just right. Are we still believing that? I hope not.
We're not or don't want to anyways.
We want to live in such a way that others may see what we are up to and glorify our Heavenly Father [Matthew 5:16]. Now that is a life I can wrap my hands and head around.
For 3 years we felt that spending some extended time in Africa was coming. Details?
We are planning to be there for 3 months.
In that 3 months we are hoping to finish the adoption of #7. We cannot wait to start the first bit of our new clan on "his turf."
In that time, we hope to find and obtain a piece of land for Redeemer House. This has been an ongoing process for years and we will be pursuing it as much as God allows in whatever way it may look.
The verse I am holding onto these days is:
The heart of a man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps.
We have a notebook full of plans but we trust that it will be God establishing our steps.
How will this look or be measured as successful?… I have no idea and really hold no expectations.
Along the way there have been many, "you can't do thats" or "you shouldn't do that." Recently we were told we could not even work with locals because of our lack.
Part of what people are saying is 100% true.
We have not known or even really understood each step of faith we have taken in the past. This is no different.
Will we fall? yes. No doubt about that. We will do our best to seek godly wisdom and direction? yes. Will we listen intently to others advice? yes. We will seek to be grace filled and active learners? yes. Crossing the ocean does not exempt us from any that.
There is beauty in the counsel of many and we have many beautiful counselors.
In the end we deeply desire to know Jesus more, not international missions more or even orphan care fully. Those things are a byproduct, a bonus, a joy.
Please pray for the next steps. May they be established by Him who hung the moon.