Week 5: Plans

Friends,

Here we are in our fifth week of support raising and wanted to provide an update for those of you following along. It would be tough to capture all we've seen God do in the last few weeks but wanted to share a few snapshots of the process so far.

For my part, I came into support raising with a lot of questions and transparently, a lot of anxiety. For better or for worse, my tendency is to calculate; to clearly define point b and map out small, actionable steps that will get me there. And while I'm all for having a good plan in place, I've been reminded here lately that life, and especially the life of faith, isn't so linear. Often in walking with Jesus, we're called into circumstances and situations far bigger than ourselves and it's during these times that I begin to notice my desire to plan carefully shift into something entirely different, namely, a desire for control. 

From the beginning it was pretty clear that this was going to be one of those situations and it has been. Almost daily, God is frustrating our plans and at the same time bringing about surprise twists and turns that we couldn't in a million years have planned. There are some of you reading this that we may not know had things gone the way we planned and praise God they haven't!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:8-9)

While the journey is far from over and while it's tempting to prematurely put a bow on things, the lesson is clear; God can be trusted. He is both more capable and more willing to bring about His best for us than I often give Him credit for. Already we've seen God do amazing things throughout this process. In both the good days and the bad days He's been more than faithful and has more than provided for us. The fight for control rages on every morning but as I reflect on the interactions that God has brought about in just a few short weeks with many of you, I can't help but loosen my grip, if only a little.

With roughly seven weeks left, we're sitting at just over 40% of our total goal raised. We're extremely encouraged by that and are so grateful for your generosity and support! This next stretch is likely to be the toughest, having already met with many of our closest friends and family and now beginning to move outside of our immediate network.

Pray that God would continue to bring along partners who are excited about the work we're doing. Pray that we would be a blessing to those people too, that through partnership we might have something to offer them. Pray that God would continue to give us energy and help us to be faithful in the task He's called us to in this season.

Thank you for your continued prayers and words of encouragement!