The winter has a way of bringing with it a slower pace. A chance to reflect.
Some time has passed now since we were in Colombia. We loved our time there! It was a beautiful, refreshing, yet honest glimpse into the country, the culture, how NTM is working there, how God is building His Church and how we might be able to see ourselves there in the future. We haven’t arrived at an official decision, but, we can in fact see ourselves there in the throws of Spanish study with our little family.
When I moved to this little town almost twelve years ago I imagined myself finishing the program and then moving to South America shortly after. Things sure look different than my original plans but I don’t know that I would change a day of it, even the really tough ones. We both feel like the things we have learned while working with NTM here will be invaluable as we move forward. At the same time, I think it will be much harder to leave and say those goodbyes to family now that I am older, and married and especially now that we have children. If I think about that much at all I tear up. Every time.
So for now we choose to be present. We choose to push those thoughts away in an attempt to not get ahead of ourselves. We are working through expanding the Off The Grid team so that when the time comes people are already in place to take over the program from us as we transition out. We are excited to see the beginnings of those pieces coming together! Once we arrive at the point where we can send in Pete’s paperwork then we will look to putting things in motion for the future.
In the meantime, will you pray with us?
- That we won’t get ahead of ourselves but can stay fully present in our work here in Canada. I am a planner by nature and so this can especially be a challenge for me.
- That people will come along to replace us in the oversight of the Off The Grid program. If this could happen within this calendar year then it could be a smooth transition when the time comes for us to move on.
- For wisdom as we look to make major decisions by this time next year.
- For our support to increase…in order to leave for South America we have to reach 75% of NTM’s recommended support. We would love to see financial partners join us so that we can make a smooth transition when the time comes without having to put in an extended amount of time in attempts to raise more support.
On our last evening in Bogota we went up to Monserrate. It is a mountain that dominates the city center and offers a spectacular view of the city. It was amazing to stand there and imagine ourselves living in that massive city. It was interesting to consider all that we could learn from the beautiful Colombian people and the many indigenous groups who also live within those borders. It excites us to wonder how God might use our little family in the days ahead to be a part of what He is doing there in Colombia. We are grateful in the meantime to be here where we are and to see all He is doing in our midst.