and just when you thought you had at least one solid plan for the near future...
the plan changes again.
for the last six months, bryan and i have been preparing our hearts, minds, and marriage for a 12 week time apart for the sake of the nations. we love the world, and the people in the world. we love God's plan for the eternal salvation of all nations, and we want to be as much a part of it as we can.
so, as you know, we decided last december that bryan would go to east asia for twelve weeks to share the gospel with the unreached with these lovely people:
we never had a second thought about this decision. when you're convinced of the extremely good news of salvation through jesus christ, decisions to share that good news in a largely unreached nation is very close to a no-brainer.
sure, i've cried. a lot. but i knew that the gospel was worth missing my husband. as for our marriage, our plan was to talk to each other weekly so that we could stay as one minded as possible. we knew it might be hard to communicate with each other, but we could make it work. we are convinced the gospel will prevail in east asia and in our marriage.
twelve weeks. this was the plan. actually, it was one of the only plans that was a "sure thing." we still don't know if we're going to move in the fall, we don't know if our lives are going to stay very much the same or be very different in six months from now. but we did know that bryan was going to be in east asia from may 21st until august 6th.
or so we thought.
i have never taken for granted the fact that bryan and i are apart of an amazing church. we go to a church where the elders pray for us specifically, they know us by name, they genuinely love and care for us and our well-being. and our church loves the nations too. bryan is one of 29 students going overseas this year with the support of veritas. how awesome is that?!
but we experienced just how awesome our church is and definitely felt just how much our church loves is. and the verdict is...
bryan is going to east asia. and so am i. and we'll both be back by june 24th.
bryan will leave with his team as planned on may 21st. and i'll leave sometime around june 13th to meet him there. we'll work together for about a week and fly home together. in the end, we'll only be spending about three weeks apart!
there were many people that voiced their concerns and opinions and love for us. and we were not hesitant to change our plans and submit to such awesome, prayerful, and wise leadership.
we'll be sending out letters to all of bryan's supporters to share this story with them but if you are one of bryan's supporters, feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
we have felt so supported and loved by our supporters, our friends, our families, and our church throughout these past six months. it is truly exciting to live in step with God, and we pray that this summer would only deepen our relationship with our God.