We had a home, owned our own business, and loved every moment of raising our children. However, the next several years would prove to be difficult as our house would be close to foreclosure twice and our business would be financially unstable due to the economic market. We began homeschooling our children, Marc enrolled in school (see 2009 | New Direction for more about this), Angela ran our business and homeschooled our children while Marc was at school, we moved several times and Marc had to work several part time jobs to pay the bills since our business was not producing. With all these circumstances impacting our lives we became weary with our pursuit of missions but we knew that God had given us this desire so we were determined to persevere.
We still pursued the “burning bush” that God had used to lead us to missionary aviation, but at times we doubted how it could be accomplished. In the midst of all our circumstances it was reassuring that we didn’t have to rely on seeing God’s plans through our own eyes. We began to see that God was more interested in us walking closely with Him than serving Him. For 8+ years we had been praying and asking God to reveal to us “what” He would have us do in our lives. It was freeing to finally realize that it is not what we do that pleases God, or concentrating on the “what we should do” that justifies our relationship with Him, rather, it is just our obedience to put Him first in every aspect of our lives. The call to serve in missionary aviation was just one of the many results of that priority and relationship with our sovereign God. If our walk led us into missionary aviation then we would follow.
We decided to sell our house, so that we could remain mobile and ready to go overseas when the time came. Even though many people suggested we should not sell our home at that time we knew God was leading us in this direction and again, He would take care of all our needs. Well, long story short, God miraculously sold our home to a family that wanted to move closer to their relatives in our neighborhood. This was encouraging because we knew that selling our home and business would be two hurdles to overcome in order to go overseas.
The next step would be to sell our business…