What a challenge the last few months have been. God opened the doors for us to go to Ecuador and we have said a hearty "YES!" to the call. Since then, with God's help, we have been fighting off attacks on us in the areas that held us back from doing something like this before... our family and finances. On February 1, my father died. Although he was 94, he was relatively healthy until October of 2010. Because of his illness and subsequent hospice care, I flew to spend time with him and with my mom. The time with my dad was precious and I would not have wanted to miss that time for anything. It was a joy to be able to help care for my dad in his last days. But missing 9 days of work as a teacher was a nightmare. It is now the end of the third quarter, and I am JUST finally catching up and back on top of things. Then, just as I was finally feeling like things were smothing out, another crisis came. One of our children has a beautiful family with two children. Depression was driving a wedge and destroying that family. We live so far away from them and will soon be moving even farther away. We did not know what to do, so we cried out to God and to any prayer warriors we knew, asking them to pray for a healing. Praise God, positive progress has been made.
We have also been hit financially with bills that we had not counted on. We have a $14,000 - $15,000 septic system that has to be installed soon. Then, just when we thought that issue was figured out, vandals broke out a window that has to be replaced. Of course it was not cheap glass but tempered glass. That is an additional $400. We know a lot of this is because someone is not happy we are obeying God's call.
We continue to move forward towards the call that has been placed on our lives. We do not want to miss out on all God has in store for us.
Please uphold us in prayer as we continue this journey.