Last month we let you all know that we had plans of leaving in October. This month we're letting you know that we'll be postponing our departure until after the first of the year. If you are as ready as we were to see us go to the mission field, then you must be wondering what happened.
Over the last couple of months we have been preparing mentally and logistically for our trip but as difficult as this sudden change has been we trust it's God's wisdom for this moment. As you all know, Karen is pregnant and we're due in January. We're excited about this and thank God that everything has been going smooth with the pregnancy. But as we were working out details with our team in Ecuador, they presented us these two options.
- To have the baby in Quito, Ecuador, which is about an 11 hour drive from the rest of the team in Loja. In that case we'd fly from here directly to Quito and stay there by ourselves from November until the baby is born in January. After the birth, we'd go down to Loja to join the team and start settling in.
- To have the baby here in the States and move to Loja, Ecuador after the birth.
As you can see, in either case we'd be joining the team after the birth. Our options were to have the baby in a new country by ourselves, far from the care of the team or here with friends and family. After praying and discussing our options we felt led to choose option number 2. We believe that's the best thing for our family, which translates into helping us have a longer, more fruitful ministry.
Another benefit we discovered is that we now may be able to get Karen's US citizenship before we move. As it turns out she'll be a permanent resident for three years in January, which is the required time to apply for and become a US citizen. Once that happens she won't have any problems in the future visiting the USA. So, in the end we're at peace and trusting this is all God's perfect timing. He does answer beyond what we ask or think!
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
As Proverbs says waiting can be hard but James encourages us to do it so that we may be complete and lack nothing. Letting the force of those two verses rest upon us can be difficult, but it is indeed necessary. Having said that, we feel blessed to have a team that is concerned about our transition and wellbeing as a growing family.
Thank you for your prayers and support!