Many of you have been waiting patiently and giving us a lot of space to process the new information we have received on Malachi. Thank you for praying for us and encouraging us. We may not understand everything, but we are trying our best to navigate through this, trusting that the Lord will reveal himself in due time.
Below are some FAQ’s that we can now answer for you:
When are you going on Home Assignment?
Originally we were going to leave in August, but some wise colleagues told us it would be better to not attempt to transition right as school starts. So we moved it to June. After we found out Malachi has CP we have decided we would like to get him started on his therapy as soon as we can. So we are leaving around the first of May. That was unexpected and quite sudden. Please keep us in prayer as we pack up and say goodbye (only six weeks!).
Where will you live in the United States?
For at least 6 months we will be in Hartsville, SC. Malachi will receive excellent care there and we have lived there before so we have family and friends as a great support. Beyond the first six months we can not say how God will lead us.
Are you still going to be missionaries?
The answer to this is “Yes”. This is NOT a simple answer though. We are asking for your faith in us. We are seeking the Lord and godly counsel on what to do next. God has called us to be missionaries and He has not released us from that calling yet. We have done a lot of talking and praying about this one. We believe God wants us to move forward in our missionary journey in faith and trust in Him. We know now what Malachi needs and where we go we will be sure his needs will be met properly. There may be some big changes up ahead for us but we are hoping and praying to still be missionaries, please pray to that end with us and please continue your support. We will let you know further details about this but we ask you to be patient with us.
What will you do on your Home Assignment?
Home Assignment is when missionaries come home and report back to all the churches and individuals that support them and raise any shortfall in their financial support. John will be doing most of the traveling and on the days he is not traveling we are devoting ourselves to support raising. Please, if you or someone you know, or a church you know is looking to support a missionary family let us know! We are going to be working hard and would like to complete our fund raising within the year. We believe He is able to do all things!
What do you need?
1) Prayer. We need your prayers as we say goodbye to a village we love and people that have become our family. Pray for the adjustment that the kids will have to make (and us) to culture in the USA. It really is overwhelming. Pray for Malachi. Pray for our support. Pray that God will grant us wisdom beyond our years.
2) Encouragement. Drop a note, call, comment on this blog. We need encouragement!
3) Gift cards. Some have asked how they can help us with our physical needs. We will need appropriate clothing and groceries upon our re-entry to the states. Gift cards from places such as Target, Wal-mart, Old Navy or Belk will help us out a lot. Please contact us if you are interested in helping us this way.