It’s been too long since my last update! I apologize. It’s not necessarily that I was tardy (although that HAS been the outcome) it’s just that I have been waiting, expecting for God to drop something in my lap that just screams to be shared! I’m not sure that has happened, and I’m OK with that for now. We continue to make appointments with families, individuals, and churches, and we continue to watch our support creep closer to 50%. We have been gathering information in preparation for homeschooling Ella in the coming school year, in […]
2012 was the beginning of the most difficult season I have yet experienced. On January 14th, I unexpectedly miscarried our baby Max. He was 17 weeks old. Chris and I had thought this child was a long awaited answer to our prayers for a growing family, but then he was ripped away from us. I held our little boy’s body in my hands, but he had already gone to be with the Lord. Pain filled me, crippling me, making me want to hide away from everyone. The emptiness I felt was so deep, like nothing I had ever faced […]
Some of you may recall that I previously wrote about operating entirely under God’s strength instead of our own. That post came about because God stopped the moving freight train that was us.
We had been operating under our own power for a few months, attempting to do our “typical ministry routine” and expecting that results would follow simply because we kept to the schedule. God -in his great mercy- put a halt to it, and called us into a time of learning. It was time to go to school.
God spent several weeks cluing us in […]
The Japanese have a beautiful tradition of rescuing broken pottery by using gold dust and lacquer to fill in the cracks and make the vessel usable again. When I first heard about this, it seemed like a beautiful image of grace to me. God filling in our brokenness with his glory, making us more than we once were.
When our journey to becoming missionaries in Japan began ten years ago, we had no idea what we were in for. We have come through our share of scrapes. If I’m being honest sometimes it feels like we were thrown in […]