This is just a bit of an explanation of the slightly confusing situation we find ourselves in, that leaves in what seems to be a type of holding pattern.
- Hector finished one year of missions training here in Mexico (part of a two year program). Then the training closed for a year. We didn’t have the paperwork to go to the training in the US.
- The training here and in the US is changing and so now both programs are two years long and they don’t accept students in Jan, just in Aug. Both programs now have two years of cultural and language training, mixed, and so Hector needs to take both years in either place (even though he already took one year).
- When the training here closed we decided to apply for Hector’s green card, as it is something that will help us as a family as well as for our ministry (visiting churches etc). However, the process could take 6 months to 1 year or more. We started the process in January. This process (I believe) could go rapidly, but it also has the possibility to take up to a year or a year and a half. If we get the green card before Aug. we want to go to the training in MO (Lord providing the finances because it is more expensive).
- However, if it doesn’t come before Aug. we feel it would be good to have a plan b. Obviously we would stay here in Mexico, continue with the guest house, maybe help new missionaries with the spanish program??, and then when we get the green card go to the states and work/visit supporters and churches etc.
- We could start the training here again but we have to leave Mexico when we get the green card. So we probably wouldn’t finish the training here. Also it really wouldn’t be worth it since MO will make him retake the classes. That is our dilemma.
- …BUT GOD! We know and trust He is in control and leading us even though it seems like we don’t have a clear path before us! OFTEN IN TIMES LIKE THIS I wonder do I try and force this into a better situation (see if we could get the US training to accept classes from the Mexico training) or just accept it as Gods direction. Also it is easy to battle with doubts as to if God really was directing this way or if we just messed up somewhere, or what. It’s also a temptation to compare our lives to others whose life seems so in order and they are taking steps in what seems a much more logical manner. But once again we know God is in control and will continue walking with Him step by step, even though it seems like our path has been a little indirect.