Last week we were at an International Society of Frontier Missions conference, where we sat with people who have done missions nearly all their lives. Twenty, thirty, forty years: Listening to their stories, their experiences, studying other missionaries who went before us in the early centuries and all the missionaries being sent from countries other than the USA today. So many different people, from different walks of life, but there was one characteristic they all shared . . . Perseverance.
Nearly eight years ago, I made the decision to count the cost and then stop counting. Since then, I’ve been on a serious road of character building. Andrew made the decision in college and he’s been well on his way to this “character building” process too. Of course, growing up (spiritually and physically) we both had this idea of what the road to “where others can’t or won’t go” would look like. As it seems to always happen, the road doesn’t look like the vision. Letting go of Overland Missions is like letting go of a childhood dream for me. It’s something that has caused me to re-evaluate everything, about myself and about our vision. God has really thrown all the other “junk” out of our life, except the people, the Gospel and the face of Jesus himself.
In this process, I’ve seen Andrew grow so much. Seeing him fight to provide for both of us, fight to keep a loving spirit, watching him seek God earnestly, asking the hard questions, like “Why did I,” or “Why didn’t I,”. I know that God is walking with us and that He is also preparing the way for us in the DRC and the ends of the earth. I know that this is where he wants us to be and we will continue pressing on under the authority of Jesus Christ.
In the midst of our setbacks, God has been opening doors to partnerships with several other organizations and churches. We’ve been staying in constant contact with our team in the DRC and praise God, Philip one of our Congolese missionaries (as well as translator) was finally able to get a necessary surgery he has needed since 2004.
We have also shared in the sufferings of Pastor Euclide, who we partnered with in the DRC whose home has been burnt down in a massive fire recently. We ask that you pray for Pastor Euclide and his wife who are servants who face many difficulties . . .
In the midst of tough decisions, God is moving mightily in places we may not even see, but we walk by faith and not by sight. As we run toward the liberation of the Gospel in the DRC, we need you to keep us in your prayers during this of transition.