In June the three of us attended Candidate Assessment and Orientation with TMS Global. It was an amazing weekend of meeting the staff and hearing their heart and passion for cross cultural ministry. We participated in team-building exercises, and had some
great food. We felt the Holy Spirit washing over us with peace and guidance the whole time. This was the place for us. Several days and lots of prayer later, TMS extended an invitation to come on board with them. We accepted! So we now have a sending agency!And this isn’t just about checking that off our list of “things to do.” We know this is God’s hand placing this before us to prepare us for the future. This is about getting training and a support system that will help guide us as we continue to discern God’s calling on our lives. It’s about developing relationships that will be invested in us, and us in them. It’s about God connecting His people together in ways we could never have imagined, to accomplish things for His glory. And that’s exactly where we want to be!
New England road trip
My family and I love road trips, even if they are for one day. Our most ambitious road trip was last year when we went to Indian Springs State Park, Savannah, Tybee Island and Statesboro in one day. It was a blast.
airbnb in Jersey City
This year we drove to visit my family in New England. On the way up we spent a few days in New York City. This was just a good time of experiencing new things together as a family. Lisa planned 95% of it and rocked it! She typically plans our getaways, partially because she enjoys planning trips, partially (mostly?) because I hate planning trips. But I’m trying to get better at not putting all the burden on her.
Lisa found an airbnb in Jersey City and we drove into NYC each day. We hit the typical tourist sites – Times Square, Central Park, etc. But we (Lisa) also found interesting places to eat. The best was a little Indian restaurant. Love me some Indian food!
The next nine days were spent visiting family in New Hampshire and Maine. With all the future plans and changes coming next year we are realizing how important it is to pour into the people that matter most: family and good friends. This was the best trip we’ve had. It was full of laughter, fun, hugs, relaxation, and stories. I love getting together with family and sharing stories of growing up. I think we tell the same ones each time we are together, but they still bring on laughter and lots of memories.
Jax, me and Craig taking a break from the Sea-Doos.
Cornhole and Roger’s.
Catching up at Craig’s.
Most of the family… Minus a few nephews and a niece.
It’s been an adjustment, as it is every year, now that school is back in session. But this year is unique. Jaxon has his permit (he’s doing great!), and this could very well be his last year of schooling in the States. The plan is that he will enroll with Liberty University’s online program while we are in Kenya.
Lisa will start her Perspectives On The World Christian Movement class in a few weeks. This is an intense, in-depth course that meets once a week for three hours and ends in December. I took this several years ago and loved it. It’s like drinking out of a firehose, but there is so much good information on how God worked through people in the past and continues to do so in the present.
We are excited to dive in with TMS as we meet with other staff members and begin absorbing everything. Lots of training is in store for us. Five days this November will consist of Foundations training at the TMS offices. We haven’t figured out the exact schedule for next summer but we’ll attend four weeks of training at Missionary Training International in Colorado and two weeks in India. This is a monumental amount of preparation and can feel overwhelming at times. But, we know it will set us up for success once we hit the ground in Kenya.
We want to say a huge “Thank you!” to our family and friends who have supported us along this journey. We’ve never done this before, and it can sometimes seem like we’re floundering and running in circles. It’s all part of the discernment process. Thanks for your patience!
Please be in prayer as we continue this process! We are learning and discerning as we go, and have a great support system to help us along the way.