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Trusting the Almighty

These last few weeks have been awesome! This past Sunday I was able to help Michelle with the Children/Youth Service. Michelle has been helping most Sunday’s leading the service for the Children/Youth in our apartment. After we have our morning collective worship, we take the kids upstairs for a split message/discussion time. Now, I am not one inclined to participate in Children’s ministries (that requires a special calling…and level of patience). But! I am impressed! We have an awesome young group of teens and early years that really opens up! I was humbled that God would allow me to engage so freely such an open group of young believers, my first time there. We are excited to see where God leads Michelle and the Youth!

Jack is well on his way to recovery, Praise The LORD! Since being discharged from the Children’s Hospital, Jack’s arm is now a slightly off pink color and is looking great. We have been overwhelmed by the prayer support that has come our way. God’s networking skills are incredible!

We have been truly blessed to have this experience of being Volunteer Missionaries overseas in Poland! Alas, we are currently underfunded. Due to lack of funds, unexpected expenses with Jack and Residency Card approval, we currently have enough funds to stay until July 1st. Our immediate need is $10,000 to be 100% funded. This money will go towards food, utilities, transportation locally, and our return flights home. Our rent, the bulk of expenses, has been covered for the rest of our stay.

God has been doing an incredible work in our lives, and the lives of our Polish friends. We are so thankful for the time we have been able to spend in Poland. We have learned a lot about trusting God, seeking Him, new cultures, and what being a witness for Him is all about. Even with the trials that we have faced, God has revealed how Great and Mighty He is! God’s network is amazing!

Thank you for your support! We know that God has used you in our lives, regardless of how you have supported us. We feel loved by you, and we wish to express our deepest gratitude for this!
If you would like to help us fulfill our commitment, please donate to our Nazarene Global Mission Account: http://web.nazarene.org/goto/TheGraves

Complexities of our Faith

To be a follower of Christ is a super complex statement of faith.  Logical, rational ways of thinking no longer the normal. We have to subscribe to a new thought process.  Sure, common sense is important but not King in our lives.  Nothing about my family’s life these past few months has been common, nor has it followed logical or rational ways of thinking.  We have pursued a higher calling on our lives. We have pursued the Holy Spirit’s leading of our lives.  God’s call on each of our lives is unique, apart from the collective call to pursue Him.

How do you follow Dave Ramsey’s road to Financial Peace when you don’t have an income?  How do you prepare your future when you are called to live in the present?  There are a few things that hit me in the last few months that have helped me understand God has a bigger plan for my life than I could have ever dreamed:

  • Financial Planning without an Income is difficult; but not impossible…just not spreadsheet friendly.
  • 5 year – 10 year plans are difficult to establish when you are being lead by the Spirit to live in today; we must live for Him today, before we can live for Him tomorrow.
  • We have endured crazy hardships in the last few months;  we were not the first, nor the last to experience hardship:  Acts 14:22

God allows us to experience hardships in life to strengthen us.  Our trials and hardships give us a greater testimony to the Hope of Christ.  God carries many hats as our provider, our healer, our friend, our father, our redeemer.

My family is coming up on 5 full months in Krakow, Poland.  I wouldn’t trade the last two years for any other experience.  The lessons in life, the comprehension of  the complexities of my faith in Jesus, the commitment to trust, pray, and believe in the one true God.  I am who I am today, because of what I have learned in the past.  I talked with Bob and Colleen Skinner two weeks ago about how I am who I am and that is why God called me.  Bob agreed, but continued to say that we are continually being molded by God into the creation He wants us to be.  The idea that we are continually being renewed, remade, and crafted into God’s beautiful design daily, reminds me that we are not a finished product.

I am thankful for a God who is actively seeking us, actively engaging us, actively dwelling with His creation.

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