(Not to be confused with “Holla!” which you will never, ever, evereverever hear us say)
Many of you are probably wondering right now what in the world this blog is about. Well, for starters, its creation is serving as an announcement of the Next Big Step for our family (I felt like that called for extra capital letters).
So what exactly is this Next Big Step, you ask?
We are now officially pre-candidates for foreign mission work through World Witness, the board of foreign missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Yes, that’s a mouthful. So what does it mean?
We have submitted our application to become long-term missionaries in a foreign country. I realize this might seem like it has come completely out of the blue, but the truth is that we have been moving toward this point since 2003 (and arguably before). Much of it has been a private journey, with lots of uncertainty, emotional highs and lows, and (providential) setbacks, but we have finally arrived at a turning point where things are now moving in a more focused, accelerated direction.
At this time, many things are still up in the air. We have not yet gone before the World Witness Board to be vetted and appointed as candidates. We do not have a set-in-stone field trajectory (though we are on the path to joining the growing World Witness team in northern Spain). We are truly in the preliminary stages of the official process. But we have received the official blessing of World Witness to start raising funds for a survey trip to Spain (required of us before pursuing candidacy), so we can now officially say it:
We are working toward becoming full-time missionaries to Spain.
I just sat here for five minutes staring at that sentence. It almost seems unreal. This has been such a long time in the making, and God has been staggeringly faithful to us during this process, holding us back when we unknowingly needed it (desperately) and giving us the ability to persevere when it seemed like we were completely directionless.
I tend to write novel-sized blog posts (to the chagrin of my husband), so I will stop here with this announcement for now. But I also promise in the coming days to give you more insight into what this process has been like for us, what our current situation is, and what the future might hold. In the meantime, we greatly desire and appreciate your prayers for our family as we stand at the precipice of a life-changing decision and jump, wholly trusting in God’s provision and sovereign plan.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.