|Patrick and Maggie playing in Michigan Snow|
While the reality has set in that Costa Rica is much farther away than we wish, we see how God is using this extended time (well at least it feels extended with our original expectations) to better prepare us.
First, we're constantly having to trust that this is where God has lead us. Being so assured of His leading, we expected the funds to come in quickly for us to be able to leave. This has not been the case, but we still know the youth group is where God wants us to serve. The waiting has exercised our faith muscles. Though it's taking longer than expected, we will not lose heart because if God wants us there, we'll be there!
To echo the growth in trust, we're having to trust God to be the Provider. When we got the go ahead to start raising support, Jonathan and I set ourselves up to slowly decrease our hours at work so we could transition into full time ministry partnership (AKA support raising). We did this hoping to be in CR by August, but it now looks like the end of October is the earliest we can leave. Starting in March, Jonathan and I are only working just over 6 hours a week at our current job. This is scary, but we did this with great confidence that God would provide for us and that this would help us get to Costa Rica sooner. God has provided! At the end of this month we're moving in with some friends and will not have to pay rent or utilities. What a blessing!
|Jonathan pulling Patrick on ice|