It’s the million dollar question(s). When are y’all returning? When are y’all coming home? How do you feel about going back? What food was on your “must” list? Where was the first place you ate? How are the kids feeling? Is it harder this time or the first time? What’s your greatest need?
So tonight as I’m pondering all that God has blessed us with these last few weeks, I figured I’d write them all out and share as much info as I can without you calling some 1-800-LOON-E to anonymously report me.
I’ll start with the easiest and see if I can make it to the hardest without my eyelids closing and drool causing the keyboard to start smoking. If it post with a lot of nonsense at the end you’ll know I “crashed” and my chin hit “send.”
When are we returning? We head back to Malawi this Friday morning.
Where was the first place you ate? Taco Bell Drive through (two taxi drivers that were shifting us from one airport to the other courtesy of the airlines) Which turned out not to be the best choice…food that is, not the shuttling.
What food is on your “must” list? In no particular order…Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, La Huerta, Market Place Grill, That Little Pizza Place, Starbucks, Chuy’s, and The Green Bean. We have accomplished all of those and many more EXCEPT my very own personal request…The Green Bean…I’m going to throw a 3 year old tantrum if I don’t get to eat there. Just warning you. Basically I’m going to stand and bang on the front door like in the movies until the owner walks over and unlocks the door for me; and ushers me in to watch her cook and we talk about life and laugh til we cry and leave BFF’s; and she becomes my children’s Aunty. (And I pretty much just threw in a bunch of semicolons there because I just couldn’t leave it all alone nor is my grammar skills working at this hour; )
Is it harder this time or the first time? It is definitely harder going back this time. If you don’t understand that. I’m sorry. No, really just catch up on life with any of my previous post.
How are the kids feeling? Mixed emotions. The girls are ready to go back and see Esther, Asher, and Ms. Judith! Lol. The boys are trying to talk me into changing their tickets to a “little” later… Kreyton flat out wants to stay here. Truth. I don’t judge them, they know they are safe to tell me exactly how they feel. Little FYI, IMB will not even let you go on the mission field with children our age if that tells you anything. And that’s just all I’m going to say about that.
What’s our greatest need? I would say it depends on what level we are speaking. Spiritually we need your prayers, your messages, and your uplifting scripture to read over and over. Physically my kids would say we need Cereal!! Haha. No. Really. And financially we need your continued support! Our family couldn’t do this without all of you so thank you for your giving the last year and a half!! Unlike IMB missionaries we are not funded through our church. We raise our own personal support and actually we love it because we get to share this journey with each and every one of you. You are our biggest cheerleaders!! We have been incredibly blessed and humbled by your generosity. We are believing God for 2015. If you aren’t plugged into this journey financially and want to “hook” us up monthly go here or here for one time donations visit here.
How do you feel about going back? I don’t even know where to begin with this loaded question. This is the thing I am what I would call an open book when it comes to writing. I have been told by some I share too much, but by MOST that they are encouraged by the candidness. So here goes…remember when Jesus was in the garden praying? (Yep, I’m using my Jesus card because if He can do it, then I can, right?) Well, yeah so I have been praying if “this” cup can passeth over me…well then I wouldn’t exactly be too upset. This is what I will be upset about though. If I miss out on the biggest blessing of my life from not sticking out my commitment. Fulfilling my commitment and still leaving too early that God doesn’t do all He had intended on doing through (all) of us. So. I want to stay here at “home,” but I want to go back to Malawi if the best is yet to come. Just Lord, send it quick like. In the meantime you could pray for a little dose of joy for all of us. Okay a gigantic dose!
Lastly and the most POPULAR Million Dollar Question. When are y’all coming home? I’m pretty sure I just answered it. I will share this with you. Our 2 year commitment will be up this July. I know right? Where in the heck did the time go? Trust me the days were long, but the months were fast. We are fervently praying for God to show us to stay, to come home, to go to ______, or that He’s going to return before any of it and we won’t need to make a decision. God clearly, and I mean clearly, showed us we were supposed to come to Malawi. Trust me, having gone down the road of selling everything, giving up your jobs, and buying one-way tickets once before, makes you a little gun shy the second time around. God will have to make it that clear for our family to stay and/or to go again. That’s all I know. No more and no less. Will you please join us in praying what God has in store for our family? Six months seems like we have some time to think and pray before we make a decision, but a lot of missionaries have already made new commitments at this point, and I know how fast time will fly, too.
It wasn’t 20 questions, but hopefully you feel enlightened and know how to pray more specifically in the days and months to come!
Challenge yourself this year! It could be your last!