Just to update everyone out there on what’s going on with us:
We just sold all of our stuff! House, furniture, everything. Sold one car and gave away the other.
This past week we volunteered each night at Freedom House Church’s Kidz Kamp where we had over 500 kids come through over 5 days. I was a Crew Leader over about 8-10 kids and Jacqueline helped me truck in about that many kids from our neighborhood each night.
We’ve had four families from our street come to church since then. The kids loved it and most of them do not go to a church at all. We are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new thing in their lives!
Brayden, my son, won the grand prize of $100 cash for bringing the most kids to the Kamp over the course of the week. He was so excited and made the funniest comment ever after it was all over. He said, “Mom, I learned something today. Girls are alot nicer to you when you have $100.” What? Ha Ha!
The event was fun, but I was TIRED afterward! Everyone I talked with that volunteered all 5 nights was wiped out by the weekend, but they all felt that it was worth it. I actually got up a 6am Sat morning and had ANOTHER garage sale which I manned by myself! Jacq was not feeling my idea if you know what I mean. At the end of the day, I crashed hard, but I was happy to have made a few more bucks.
We took the rest of the stuff to our friend Kelly’s house because we are going to have another garage sale next week to raise money for the teens going to THE CALL DC.
This was actually the first year I could fully volunteer at Kidz Kamp because I was not working nights in the car business. Back then, my head was always burrowed down into my work over the past 5 years because it had to be. I am so glad to be transitioning into a new place in my life. I feel like a man let out of a cage! I can feel that I am a little reluctant to fly, if you know what I mean, but it won’t be long before I am up and soaring again.
We are set to close on the house this Thursday and then we will be living with friends until we head over to Louisiana in September where I hope to connect with some old friends and family and then on to Mexico for training for 10 weeks after that. We will take a trip to New Jersey the second week in August and I will be actively involved in our 7-12 year old kid’s class at the church all month in August. We are doing a series called “Around the World” about missions.
To top it all off, I preach all three services at Freedom House on August 17th. Can’t wait! My friend Olan and I will also be starting our first ever “Global Purposes Fellowship” meetings at the church on Wed Aug 20th and 27th at 7:30.
These meetings will draw all of the mission minded/mission curious people of Freedom House together to talk about God’s heart for the world and the part we can play as a church. From these meetings we will also be raising up our home support team.
I also just launched the beginnings of a new Missions Web Site for FHC. Changes will also be made to Freedom House’s web site section on missions with updated info on our vision, priorities in missions, and missionary profiles. Stay tuned!
Since we are pioneering missions being sent from FHC, we are working through all of the issues that are associated with being sent from the local church versus an established para-church organization. It’s an exciting time for us as a local body.
God is placing so many things in place for the future and I am honored to be in this place setting vision, direction, and structure for the future. I remember the prophetic word given to us that “our obedience would open the door to other’s obedience” and I am excited for the future.
To top all of this off, I have 6 college papers to write, projects to complete, and a family to care for! I hope to go away for about 5 days at my friend’s farm house that is in the middle of “Nowhere, NC” to knock the school work out and prepare my message. If you know me, you know that I can get alot done when I am focused!
So, pray for us! We need you to remember us daily as we transition. The boys are doing well. Brayden is excited and not at all sad to be leaving our house. Jacqueline wants to spend as much time with friends and family as possible and so do I.
We will be gone before you know it!