After having our business listed on the market for over a year without any interested parties we began to let our circumstances affect our lives. We were sure that once we said, “Yes, Lord, we will serve in missions and go overseas to share your Gospel with those who have never heard it”, that we would be on the next plane to Ecuador or some other South American country. That was not the case. We remained in a holding pattern as we continued to seek and trust that God was working in our lives toward this goal even though we could not see the big picture.
After years of pursuing missionary aviation training without success we went before the Lord to ask for direction and guidance. “God, is serving in an aviation capacity really the direction you have for our family”? This was our prayer for the entire summer of 2009 since all the aviation training opportunities we pursued did not work out. Originally there were two desires that were on Marc’s heart as our family moved forward in the direction of full-time missions, Aviation and Information Technology. As we prayed about the direction with aviation that summer the opportunity became available to gain more skills in I.T. through a local college. We decided to pursue this opportunity and see what direction this would lead.
As Marc returned to school in August to brush up on his I.T. skills, more and more opportunities to learn about I.T. in Missions became available. In November we attended a JAARS conference in Orlando at the Wycliffe Bible Translators campus called Check-IT-Out. This conference was amazing because it, not only had wonderfully humble speakers/missionaries, but it introduced the importance technology plays in today’s world of missions. This conference was an important catalyst for our I.T. Missions journey. I love their tag line, “Technology … helping bring God’s Word to people in their heart languages!”. As technology is used more in the world today, it becomes more and more important to understand and utilize this tools effectively. You can learn a bit more about how technology is used in missions by clicking here. Caryl Mallory and her team from JAARS did an amazing job facilitating this conference. We were so blessed and encouraged by their stories and prayers.
Circumstances continued to change. Earlier that year, the church we previously attended closed its doors and no longer functioned as a ministry. We prayed about where our next church home would be and found Sovereign Grace Church of Daytona Beach. We found a home at Sovereign Grace but it turned out to be a temporary home that lasted about nine months. Angela had been taking Logan and Parker to Awana at a church in Orange City, Florida because Sovereign Grace did not have mid week activities or bible studies. After four months of attending the Journey on Wednesday nights we asked the Lord if this was the church fellowship we were to be a part of. It was difficult to leave Sovereign Grace because we had just begun to bond with the people and enjoyed the worship, teaching and fellowship. However, we knew that God wanted us to make the change although it was unclear why He was moving us.