Stand Off

It’s been a while since I’ve provided a decent update on our lives. It’s been something of a whirlwind time for us. Much has happened and is happening, and there are many issues for which we need your prayers. This is a particularly long post, and so I’m going to bury it under a “more” tag. If you’re interested in getting a good update on the family, reading about our police stand-off and how you can be praying for us, you’ll want to click the link.

September was another slow support raising month, and we find ourselves only another percent closer to our goal. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember how much God moved getting us to 50% as we look back on the last three months. But one of the things he is teaching me is that no matter how strategic this moment feels to me, or how critical my schedule seems, his plan is better. I recently joined a men’s Bible Study where we’re going through John Ortberg’s book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it. This past week I read his chapter on “ruthlessly eliminating hurry” and feel like I’ve been caught red handed. I allow myself to live in a world where everything feels urgent and there’s never enough time to get the job done. Even when my schedule is light, I still find myself rushing.

One of the more frustrating events in recent weeks was the evening of Sept. 22. A couple of our supporters were gracious enough to host a get together for us that night and introduce us to some of their friends. Unfortunately, when we left for the party we found our neighborhood blockaded in by police cars. At first we didn’t think anything of it as we turned around to try to leave a different way, but was we found another police road block at the other end of our neighborhood we suddenly didn’t feel so good about our children being home alone. So we stopped to ask the police what was going on. The policeman we spoke to told us there was a gunmen loose in our neighborhood and we should go home. We took his advice. Although, I have to say after being put on hold (see below) by 911, this was not what I needed to have greater confidence in law enforcement:

Colorado Springs Police believed an armed man who had been evicted from his apartment kept them at bay for five hours Friday evening. But when members of the SWAT team stormed his apparent location, they found him gone.

God has already been at work in the situation. The party has been rescheduled, and this time it’s being hosted by the couple who were coming last time. We’ve never even met them, but we’re now invited to their home to share about our mission.

It’s been a busy season for our children as well. Isaac will have his last soccer game next Wednesday – his team has played very well, and I think it’s been a great experience for him. He is so physical, it’s a good reminder that we need to continue to give him these opportunities. Brittany just got a major role in her school play. I can’t help but grin. We’re a little nervous that it may conflict with prefield training, although the mission is now recommending we consider waiting again. It would better for the kids school situation to put off training, and unless we see a great change in our support situation, there is no reason to rush. However, I still want that box checked. We’ll see. Faith is in all day kindergarten, and really enjoying it. She learns at rocket speeds, and is really excelling. I think that our kids are really in a good place right now, and those of you who have been praying for them, please keep it up because it’s working!

Please be in prayer for us that God will really guide our support raising. As I mentioned above, it’s been very frustrating recently, and while we have lots of exciting opportunities coming up, that has been the case for months now, and the yeild has remained low. Pray that God will begin redeeming our time, and these opportunities for his glory.

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