Well, its been 10 months of resting, getting our health back and reconnecting with friends and family! What an amazing and blessed time after 4 1/2 years of running hard doing disaster relief all over the world.
The time has come and the Lord is calling us back to the Middle East! To put in some deep roots and help rebuild the lives of so many that have been ruined at the hands of ISIS. Our commitment to this vision is for the next 2-5 years.
We will be saying goodbye to our friends and family at the end of June! We will transition our family back into unfamiliar places and begin a new life with a beautiful culture!
God has continued to speak to Jordan and I that we are builders and that we are to do exactly what Isaiah 61:1-4 speaks of,
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captives,And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,And the day of vengeance of our God;To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes,The oil of joy for mourning,The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins,They shall raise up the former desolation's, And they shall repair the ruined cities,The desolation's of many generations."
We feel so blessed to be able to partner with the Lord in this vision! Even more blessed that we have an avenue to pour our hearts out to so many in such great need of a love they have never known! We are thankful to CRI to be able to partner in doing such amazing things!
We have so many things in our heart that we feel the Lord is calling us to in this region! Our main priority will be to focus on building relationships in our community and through these relationships partnering in rebuilding projects.
As most of you know dozens of villages and cities have been destroyed by ISIS, not allowing so many thousands of families to go home. But The desire to go back home and to rebuild in the places that are safe is not going away and these families will be going back home! We want to be right alongside these beautiful people to help rebuild and share all the love that God has so freely given us! There is such a great opportunity right now for the church to rise up and shower the Middle East with Love and even the refugees that will be coming to our own country. We pray that every single person would ask the Lord what is your part in one of the greatest times in history when so many people are coming to know truth! You may not be called to leave...but then again you might be :) be open willing and available to all that God has, it will lead you into the greatest adventure of your life! This is what we are on now and couldn't ask for anything more!