"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 4, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Obedience is hard. Obedience is risky. Obedience’s results aren’t guaranteed here on this earth.

We are writing to inform you that we are no longer working with Gospelink at the International Bible College of Zambia.

Along with our home church we are currently in the process of determining the next steps we need to take as a family.

We encourage and welcome communication with you in the coming months. We do not have a return date as of yet. Just as it took much time and preparing to get here, much will need to be done to leave. There is packing, sorting and selling our possessions, selling a vehicle, saying goodbyes.

As this point we do not know where we will go upon our return nor do we know what we will do once we are there. A time of healing is needed for our whole family. We appreciate all of your prayers for wisdom and discernment in these matters.

Gospelink will continue to forward your monthly support to us through the end of December 2009 should you choose to continue sending it until then. We are indebted to you already for your faithful financial support. When we began raising our support to come over here the first thing we asked you to do was pray. We ask you now to pray about continuing that support as we are in the process of transition.

During one of our training sessions, the speaker made three points:

1. God is good.

2. God isn’t safe, but He is faithful.

3. God is God.

We know all to be true. God called us out of the safety of what we have known and held dear, and He has been faithful to us as we have been faithful to Him. We did not miss God’s call. We know we answered His call to obedience and we will continue to answer it. We did not know what the ending to this particular call would look like and we still don’t. Our lives have been changed and continue to be. We hope as you have watched our journey you have been affected as well.

Again, we appreciate you and want you to know you have ministered to in us in ways we can not adequately express. Please keep us in your prayers.

Standing on the Promises of God,

Brian, Kelly Jo, Cybil, Mariah, Greta, Hailey, Joe, Myron, & Henry

1 comment:

Aaron Minnick said...

Hold tight to that call on your life. As you said, it is a call to obedience, and it is not one that is easily followed. It requires a relationship with our heavenly Father that is second to none. My prayer is that you will continue to listen to the still small voice of the Lord and continue to be obedient as you have already clearly demonstrated. Thank you for your example. It has been an incredible encouragement to me to pursue my own calling.