I’m Learning to place EVERYTHING in the hands of the Lord.
Are you kidding me?
Try it and see how He takes control and blesses you in ways you could never imagine!
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand
We had a plan worked out for the summer for our required 40 hours per week of Partner Development and ALL the other pieces we need to get done before we can leave for Ecuador. We had a schedule all done (a spectacular feat of organizational creativity!). We had a babysitter in place. We had our to-do list…
But God said…”Wait, there is something more I want you to do…Follow Me and see how I bless you WAY beyond your own plans for the summer”
We’re going to do all those other things, but we’ve also been called to go to camp!
Yep, we’re going to serve at Victory Valley Camp this summer (through the Bible Fellowship Church denomination) to disciple and mentor the junior staffers!
Discipleship and mentoring… sound familiar? Yes!…that’s going to be a BIG part of our ministry in Ecuador, and God has given us an amazing opportunity to grow in that while we walk alongside 15-17 year olds working through a discipleship program studying Proverbs this summer!
Surrender…even when things come unexpectedly out of the blue!
We’ll go live at the camp, and while our three boys enjoy being campers all summer (they CANNOT wait!!), we’ll be working through all the things we planned on doing in order to get ready for Ecuador, while also having the opportunity to serve and continue to develop skills that will be so valuable in Ecuador!
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
The Lord has said “Follow me”, and as we worked through the decision we realized that through obedience to His call and His purpose:
• He’s giving us the opportunity to share the gifts of encouragement, and mentoring with young people as they discover how to become leaders this summer
• Our boys will be engaged each day in an amazing camp program which frees up “work time” for us to do our bible credits, our reading, and our partner development
• We’ll be closer to 15 of the BFC churches which will make trying to build connections and relationships easier
• We’ll be in contact with hundreds of families which is a huge part of meeting all the people God has called to partner with us
Join us in praising God for the ways He provides, the ways He calls us to serve, and the ways His plans are better than anything we could try and organize ourselves! (Hooray for surrender!) And pray with us as we know we’ll have to be very careful to guard our time and our energies in order to keep both our family and our Partner Development work as priorities.