Proverbs 3:5-6“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Dear Family and Friends,
As we continue to move forward and learn what the “new normal” is for us as a family, one thing we have come to realize is that we have changed and life will never be the same again. Cancer radically changes a person. Not only their view on life and what is important but it also changes their view of God.
For me (Cindy) personally one of the many things that God has been teaching me is how far and wide and long do I trust Him. When I was 19 years old and on a mission trip to Mexicalli, Mexico I surrendered all of me to go anywhere, to do anything, to fully obey His voice and take the gospel to where it was needed. That call on my life has looked differently during the different seasons of my life. When I was single that call lead me to some amazing places in the world to live and I saw Him radically change lives. Then when I got married that call looked different then I expected as I learned to serve Him in new ways that brought encouragement to those on the field.
Now again, I find His call looks so much different then I ever thought. For months now Chris and I have prayed that we would go wherever He called us. Through prayer God lead us to friends of mine who I served with when I was single in Houston, Tx. My friends Doug and Lori Kothe are the pastors of a very small church in Lake Stevens Washington, which is about 40 minutes north of Seattle. When we contacted Doug and Lori to share with them what God was calling us to it and how we felt called to come along side a couple and do life and ministry together with them, they shared how they had been praying that God would raise us a couple who would do just what we shared with them. Washington is the least churched state in all of the United States and what better place to share the love of Jesus than by living there and doing life and ministry.
So we have decided to take a step of faith and trust God in His plans for our lives and we are moving to Lake Stevens, Washington. As I think about the verse that God gave me this last year through Cancer Proverbs 3:5-6 the word Trust stands out to me the most. What is it to trust God with our lives. By definition trust is firm belief in reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Again I am seeing how far and wide and deep is my trust of God really is. If I trust God in who He says He is and what His word says then stepping out in faith isn’t scary but a fun adventure of trusting God for everything. So we are off on another adventure with the Lord! We are getting rid of everything, pulling our kids out of school, Chris quit his job and we are moving. Our pastor recently taught on Gideon and following Gods call even when we don’t understand. That it took great faith of the part of Gideon to obey God and praise Him cause He had already won the victory. So we are doing the same. We are stepping out in faith, fully trusting that God will provide a job for Chris that will provide for all of us and a great place to live where we can minister to others.
So what has changed? The BIG change for me in all of this is I will no longer be living on support. God has graciously given us 3 months from our move date which is February 14th, 2016 to continue to live on support. So that means for all those who are supporting us financially that your last day for giving is May 15th. If you are giving electronically you will need to contact Jack Fletcher at Saving Grace World Missions (714) 993-4801 or email him at email@example.com in May to end your giving. For those giving by checks please don’t send anything in past May 15th, 2016.
If you feel lead to continue to help our family as we make this transition you can just send checks made out to us personally but you will not get a tax receipt.
We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support through out these years as you have so graciously given and been such a loving part of our lives and ministry.
If you have any questions feel free to email or call us. Thank you again! We love you all.
If you want to continue to know whats going on in our world…Chris will be updating our blog once we get settled in. You can check it at https://trustinghim4everything.blogspot.com
-For all the loving support from friends and family as we move!
-For a place to stay temporarly as we transition to a new place!
-For all the big stuff that has been sold or found a new home!
-For the amazing ways God moves and works in our lives!
- For an amazing job for Chris that would provide for our needs and have great health benefits.
- For a great place to live that will meet our needs and be a blessing to others. Also that it would be exactly what we can afford. We are praying and trusting that God can provide a place to rent that will be below what the normal rent is or for Chris job to make enough to cover rent and living expenses.
- For unity for Chris and I as moving is very stressful but we have a special needs little boy that makes things so much more stressful and harder.
- For the kids to adjust to a new place and a new school. They both will be going to public school so pray for Josiah as he adjusts from private christian school to public.
- For God to provide all the things we need to live. We are getting rid of everything here but our beds and starting over there.
- For great closer as we say goodbye to friends here!
- For the drive to Washington. That God would provide someone to go with us and for a safe and successful move.
Here is a look back through the years….