Three weeks into our invitation to candidacy with MARC as I carefully watched airline tickets and worked closely on budgeting every penny coming in via paychecks I texted my dear friend and our pastor’s wife… “Pray for me please, for trust! I know God’s timing is perfect but the price on tickets went up $40 per person today and it will continue to climb… Haven’t heard feedback on any money coming in yet…” She encouraged me to remember what amazing things have been accomplished in our lives when we invested our part and waited for God to move on our behalf. To hang on to His promises.
The following day, after Sunday service brought our immediate church family surrounding us in prayer and a check from near and far contributions that brought us to well over half of our need for this trip. Just enough. Just in time; our Father is always on time.
So here we are…
We arrived in Soldotna on Monday afternoon after a series of near misses and what we like to call “God hugs.” (Chat with us soon because we’d love to share our humorous stories with you!) And our days have been packed full of incredible, intentional moments. Much of the time that hasn’t been spent directly connecting with the wonderful staff and committee members here has been spent in prayer and reflection and earnestly searching out the heart of God. Can I tell you how funny it feels to experience joy knowing that there is just as great of a ‘chance’ that we would be moved on from here as there is that we would be accepted? Because it means that decisions won’t be made out of earthly need, but out of godly wisdom that doesn’t always look how we think.
It makes me think of Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” And we are grateful to be seeking God’s will alongside these incredibly authentic people we have the privilege of building relationship with during our time here this April.
We know God has moved our mountains to put us here for these three weeks. And for now what we have the opportunity to do is to shout from the rooftops how incredibly blessed we’ve been to see what an organization looks like when it stewards well the gifts and resources the Lord has granted it! What a powerful tool Missionary Aviation Repair Center is in the hand of a magnificent Father!
So what now?
Nathan and I were talking about a portion of scripture in Esther recently…
14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Relief and deliverance from somewhere else. It sure puts what we have to offer in perspective. The story of Esther is powerful, riveting, inspiring. But it would have been written without her had she chosen fear and disobedience instead. What marked her was her willingness to obedience, despite her fears and lack of confidence.
When we look at where we can serve and what we have to offer, yes, our giftings matter (1 Corinthians 12) but how often do we forget that our service is not based only on our strengths, but also our weaknesses and what the power of Christ can do through and in spite of them?
This is true even in our homes, friend!
This is God’s beautiful love story with His creation, and we are each offered the opportunity to be part of His movement in the world until eternity. Don’t miss out. Take part in what He’s doing. You will never regret it!
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
As we explore the exciting possibility of being part of what God is doing through MARC for Alaska and for His glory. We pray for the humility to ask the Lord to use our strengths and our weaknesses to His glory, wherever and however He decides that should look!
Please continue to pray for our ears and hearts to be open to the leading of the Lord, and pray this for the staff and committee at MARC as well. We could offer ourselves in many places and ways to be used to spread the gospel, but we want to give our most. We desire His best for MARC and their incredible ministry here and of course His best for our family too!
If you ask us if we’re having fun my kids will yell “YES!” but you’ll probably get a slow and deliberate answer from Nathan and I… because yes, any new adventure contains elements of fun for our family, but for us and this moment in time, we aren’t looking for an experience, we’re looking for where we can serve. For a long time. And that is so much more than fun.
We cannot express how grateful we are for the interest you take in the writing of our story, and for the way you partner with us in prayer and in action. We can’t do what we do without the body of Christ in our corner, and we don’t take what you offer of yourselves lightly.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. From the very bottom of our hearts. Know that we pray so frequently for those of you who are supporting us in so many ways, and we thank Him for His faithfulness to His promises for you as you obey Him!
In His time and grace…
Nathan, Kellyn, Elisha, Zechariah, Eden & Avram