Less than 5 months Now

Matthew 10:8 "Freely you have received, freely give."    It feels this simple to us.

I thought I was semi-prepared for the craziness that life would become before the big move, but I never could have imagined this.  I guess updating the blog has fallen under the "can wait" category.  So I apologize for the slack in posts!

Life Past: So we made it back from the road trip and it was incredible.  Just over 3000miles total with stops in 5 states.  The kids were such troopers and to say that we were encouraged by all the support for Healing Faith, would be an understatement.  We are truly blessed with such amazing and supportive friends and I know we couldn't be making this move without them.  I will post some pictures from the trip at the end of this post.

Life Present:  Currently we are gearing up for a big event during Aggie Week, here in College Station.  It is the M.O.V.E. event and is being hosted by Imani Tumaini Upendo.  You can read more about it here http://imani-africa.com/?page_id=392.  And if you live in the area, we still need volunteers and would be grateful for your help.  There are applications at the above link.  Healing Faith is going to have the opportunity to share at the event about what God is calling us to do in Uganda and I hope you can make it.

-We are also steadily checking off items on our to do list and adding about 5x that everyday! God keeps sending us sweet reminders of why we are doing this and we are just extremely thankful for this time with our family and friends before we move.  We know the time to leave will be here before we realize it.  Some of the big To-Dos right now that we would love for you to pray with us about are

      *figuring out what to do with the house.  Do we try to sell?  Do we rent?  How in the world do I get it presentable, either way, with 4 young kids running crazy in it?

      *we are starting home schooling with Karson this fall.  We are both very excited about this.  I am really looking forward to the time we will have together.  We have chosen an incredible curriculum for him in Sonlight and so luckily not much rests on me!  Haha.  This really is something we are both looking forward to so please pray we can adjust our schedules to this change.

     *Time management!  Jason will still have a full time job and currently two part time jobs, up until we move.  That coupled with my full time job of having 4 kids at home and now teaching too, makes it hard to find time to do all the necessary things we need to do to prepare to move.   We know we are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work and get financial matters in order before we move, but it is a juggling act.  I know it is possible, we just really could use prayer.

Life Future: Our departure date for Uganda will most likely be around the 2nd or 3rd of January.  We are hoping to travel with the kids to Jinja before our training starts at New Hope on the 9th.  We have been blessed with an incredible intern, Rachael Ruiz, that will be with us during those 5months to help with the kids.  Please be praying for her that she will be able to raise the necessary funds and prepare for her time in Uganda.

-There are big things happening concerning the future ministry that Healing Faith will be doing.  I don't want to go into too many details before things are more concrete, but please be praying for Healing Faith and our future.  We daily are seeking God's guidance and His will for the ministry.  There are big decisions to be made and we truly appreciate you going before the Lord on our behalf.

-October 28th we will be holding a fundraising dinner and auction for Healing Faith.  Please pray that things will fall into place for this.  We think this could possibly take care of a huge portion of our upfront costs (roughly $17-18,000).  Please pray that God will be preparing the hearts of those that are to help, those that will donate items for the auction, those that will attend and learn about Healing Faith, just all aspects of the event.

- These are a few of many upcoming things. I do hope to update the blog more frequently and please know that you can always send us email at healingfaithuganda@yahoo.com if you have any questions.  We want to be an open book for others who might be considering life in the mission field and what our experience has been like in preparing.  There are just too many details to list, but please feel free to ask.

Matthew 9:37 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Jason and I are resting in peace in this verse that no matter how crazy life may become for us these next few months, we rest in assurance that this is God's will for our lives.  No, this is not and will not be an easy road.  Yes, we are deeply saddened about the family and friends that we will be leaving behind.  But making this decision has been the most confident thing we have ever done and that confidence could only come from God.  Thank you for your continued support and prayer.

I have decided if I ever hope to get this posted, pictures will have to wait.  Hopefully there will be some soon!

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