Tuesday, January 22, 2013

We're Moving to Stanford!

We have had an amazing time living back in Southern California for the last six months. We've been able to spend a great deal of time with family, reconnect with friends, and make new ones. We've gotten to minister in and visit churches. Peyton started Kindergarten. We have seen God's faithfulness over and over again as we meet with people inviting them into partnership to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to university campuses in California.

We' are extremely excited that the time has come to move on to the next chapter of the journey. February 2nd, 2013 we'll be moving up to begin training and serving at Stanford University with Chi Alpha campus ministries. We found a 3 bedroom apartment that was bigger than our mobile home in Santa Cruz, is a reasonable price for the area and has amenities like pools, a park, a theater room, and a kid's play room that our kids are excited about, there is also a gym that the adult kids are excited about. Below are some pictures from the apartment complex's website

Our new address will be
353 Kiely Blvd E113
San Jose, CA 95129

We are hoping to be ready to unpack our truck at about 3:00 p.m. that Saturday if anyone is available to help.

Most of all we are excited to begin connecting with the students at Stanford, visiting and finding a church in the area, and reconnecting with friends we already have up there.

Thank you so much for your prayers that have helped lead to this over the past months.

Continued prayer needs:

  • Our appeal concerning the hours we receive from San Diego county for taking care of my aunt.
  • The assessment process for my aunt in Santa Clara county to go smoothly and us to receive the full hours there.
  • The transition for the kids, particularly Peyton as she starts a new school
  • Grace for Kendra as I will not be at home as much as I have been the past 6 months including a 2 week trip to Regent University in VA at the end of February.
  • The remaining $1000 in monthly commitments to come in over the next months
  • Safety and health as we move and for all those that help us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Living By Faith

I've heard the term before. Faith. I’ve said phrases like living by faith or walking by faith. I've even sang songs about it. There have been times in my life when I have exercised faith. I've believed for some big things, some miracles, and seen them happen. There have even been extended times like mission trips where I've walked by faith for a season, or a year in ministry that was particularly difficult and I had to have faith that God had me there for a reason. None of those has prepared me for this.

I have never been the greatest fan of spiritual gift tests. I usually score high on a majority of gifts having practiced and experienced them in ministry. Interestingly, I have never scored well on faith. Now I know why. When it comes down to it, my trust in God is fickle. My ability to let go of everything and surrender it to God has been tested these last months. I have had to trust him with everything and it has been a painful yet rewarding journey. We have been trusting God to bring alongside partners and we have seen amazing grace as God has been faithful to do just that. Still, I personally question every day if we'll ever truly get there. San Diego County approved my aunt for only 41% of the hours she has received the last seven years in two other counties. I don't know why. I don't know why they gave her so little and I don't know why God let it happen, but my faith was shaken and I again I felt like we'd never make it.

We will appeal their decision. We still have one month left of fundraising that will hopefully put us over the top. We will be moving to a new county that will reassess my aunt and make their own decision about her hours. Things seem like they can only go up, but what if they don't? Still, we are moving forward. We know God has called us. Things will be tight but we know we will make it. I still have more questions than answers, but I think I am starting to learn that living by faith doesn't always mean being comfortable or sure, but moving forward and following God anyway.