It’s difficult to really capture one’s emotions and splatter them onto paper (or a computer keyboard). Our family is just 14 days away from departing for Tanzania. There is a range of emotions that we are feeling, but every day the Lord blesses us with peace. It is a wonderful feeling…knowing that He is taking care of everything.
For example, we just found out that our visas will most likely not be approved before our arrival. After stressing for a few minutes (like 120…), and after some pretty scattered prayers, Amy and I talked about all of our options and came to a decision that we know the Lord led us to because of the peace He gave to us. We have decided that our best option is to apply for temporary visas upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. Like I said, the Lord gave us peace with this decision and we know everything is going to work out for the best.
We’re still just as excited and we understand that sometimes stuff like this is going to happen. These are just opportunities for the Lord to show Himself mighty and sovereign. We get the privilege of seeing Him work and giving Him the glory for it all.
On another note, we have finished purchasing all the bags we are taking with us. We have 5 suitcases, 5 rolling duffel bags, and our carry-on bags. Our duffel bags were only $30 each! Now our big focus is on filtering through the items we are going to put into all those bags.
And….we’re having a huge yard sale on Feb 26th! Please come out and buy some of our stuff! Amidst all the activity, we have peace.
Some of the prayer requests we are focusing on at the moment: we are still praying for visa approval. God still does amazing things, so we’re praying for something amazing. We are praying for clarity and wisdom when it comes to stuff to take with us, to sell before we leave, or to store while we are overseas. We are praying for faithfulness in seeking God through His word. We’re praying for a better understanding of how to lean on Him, knowing that as we arrive in Tanzania we are really going to need to know how to lean on Him!