Tuesday, February 23, 2010

But if we hope for what we do not see...

Hello Friends,

I promise that eventually these blog updates will get more exciting. They have too...and I guess that is my point in writing this. We are in the days of the mundane right now. Our goal of being in Liberia stills seems far off and we are just trusting that the Lord is faithful to complete the good work that He has begun as He promises in His Word.

These are the hard days. The days of "I don't know" and "We're not sure" and I have to say that my spirit (Jessica here) doesn't like these days. I am someone who likes purpose. I like to know how close I am to a goal or how far away. Right now we are anxiously awaiting our first report so that we know what our trajectory is for raising the remainder of the support we need to leave by late summer/early fall. Kyle and I are both restless souls that don't like to stay in one place too long. That has always amounted to a trial for us living here in Asheville (or anywhere for that matter). We love Asheville and all the people and blessings that the Lord has brought into our lives are beyond what we dreamed when we made the move. I could go on for days about the hand of the Lord during our time in Asheville. We have seen so much fruit and purpose in our stationary time here in Western North Carolina that we cannot help but know that God is working His purposes now as we prepare to leave.

Nonetheless, it is the outworking of those purposes that provides the test for our faith. The whole by faith and not by sight thing is really kicking in right about now and inevitably you know that you are in the midst of a refining fire when you encounter those words. So IF YOU WANNA KNOW HOW TO PRAY FOR US pray that we would remain steadfast in believing that God is going to complete this work. Pray that we will be content to follow when we cannot see and to trust when the way seems dim. As I said these are the days of the mundane, the drudgery of daily life leading up to this year of focused ministry in a foreign land. The groundwork in our hearts is being laid. The fallow ground of our hearts must needs be plowed in order to make a way for the Lord to work. This is where that begins in the midst of the "I don't knows" and "We're not sures". He is faithful. Here are a few reminders:

Philippians 1:6 "And I am sure of this that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

Romans 8:23-25 "And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."

In Christ,
Kyle and Jessica

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Hello Friends,

We just wanted to send out a quick blogpost to say "THANK YOU" for the encouraging words and comments about our letter. As we posted in the last blog this has been an overwhelming process and it has been such a blessing to hear your feedback as you have received the letter.

Please let us know if you have any questions and put this blog on your feed so that you can stay up to date on all the goings on in our lives and this journey. We will be talking to many of you in the coming days and we can't wait to share face to face with all of you the joy that is set before us.

In Christ Alone,
Kyle and Jessica

Monday, February 1, 2010

Our heart in an envelope...

Psalm 37:25 "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread"

So within the next couple of weeks you should receive a letter from us. It will have all the details that we have shared via this blog and more. It will give you all the information you need to know to pray for us and offer financial support.

We assume that unless we have spoken to you about the matter that few of you know what a process it has been for us to get to this point. So much of this journey is about us submitting our hearts to the work of the Lord. He is going to take care of us and we eagerly await His plan for us, the work in Liberia, finances, etc...

In other news: The most recent winter blast gave us a good weekend at home to enjoy rest and a little playtime in the snow. Big thanks to the V.A. hospital for having excellent sledding hills as well as Curbside management for constructing great lids for the paper recycleables bins. They make awesome sleds. I am sure that some part of what we did was illegal or at least intensely discouraged, but what the hey we are young! Here are a few photos to enjoy! Don't expect many more winter weather photos on here seeing as Liberia is a non-winter weather climate...you know being equatorial and all!

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