Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
We have just about completed our financial team and we will be leaving on July 26th on a 30 hour trip with 4 different flights, half a dozen large suitcases where we have crammed more or less everything we still own and 3 very excited kiddos! We are so blessed by our great God and in awe of His provision of everything according to His will and for His glory!
Thank you so much to all of you who have prayed that this day would come. We are ready to get to work doing those works which God has prepared for us to do. God has answered all of our prayers and now, in His perfect timing, we will go! And of course His timing is perfect. The president of Campus Crusade for Christ Albania and his family are currently in the United States raising support and our family will be able to stay in their home for the first three weeks while we look for an apartment. What a blessing that we do not have to blindly pick an apartment in Tirana while we are still in Fresno.
As we gear up for the journey, please pray that God would strengthen us and guard our children’s hearts during this time.
This last week was full of tears of joy and sadness for them as they leave family, friends, and all that they have ever known as “normal” in their short lives. All three of them are very excited about taking an airplane and very curious about whether they will be able to make friends before they know the Albanian language. A major prayer of ours for them during this time is that we can involve them as much as possible in ministry so that this would be a time of growth for them in their knowledge and walk with our great God.
The title of this section (“Eyes on the finish line”) does not refer to Albania. We know this is just the beginning of a new journey and the finish line is that glorious place where we hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” As such we want you to know we will be praying for you as well. Our prayer is that you too will be carried through tribulations and sufferings that will come so that we will all bring glory, honor and praise to our amazing God!