Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Head is feeling a little more wooly than normal...

Sinus pressure and headache.  Lovely...

Meanwhile, here is what else I've been doing lately -

Bible reading- I'm doing the one year Bible online and I am currently reading Exodus 37, Matthew 28, Psalm 34 and Proverbs 9

Bible reading with my daugher -we just finished reading the book of John, and are now reading in Romans, currently on chapter 2

Exercise - walking, I aim for 10 miles per week.

Drinking alot of water

Eating more veggies and fruit

Currently reading: Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Just finished reading: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose

Ministry-wise, my husband and I are trying to set up meetings to raise the last bit of our support.  We're making some progress, but it seems slow going.  We also try to get together with friends, family, ministry partners.

Marriage building - we are definitely trying to spend some quality and quantity time together, putting our date nights on the calendar, and making sure to keep them in the schedule.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Memories of those support raising years

When we started our effort in building a support team so that we could go to Ukraine, our kids were 6 and 3. 

The down side
I remember feeling very tired, and never getting a break.  We were homeschooling, and even though at that time it was just Kindergarten, I also had to keep a 3-year-old occupied.   Since it took 5 years for us to build our support team, by the end of those 5 years I had a 4th grader and and 1st grader.  The hardest part for me, was schooling from Monday to Friday, and having meetings most weekends.  It mean that having any kind of break from school, or just to have a "Sabbath" rest, was impossible.  I tried to do a 4 day school week, but it was kind of impossible.  We could be traveling home on a Monday, or leaving for a weekend meeting on a Friday.  On Wednesdays we were either helping with Awana if we were at our home church or sharing our ministry that evening at another church.  I probably stayed home from a meeting possibly once or twice over those years.  So we were very busy, and I was just trying to keep up.

The up side
The best part of that time was making new friendships, new relationships that continue to bless us.  Even though that time of our life was exhausting and frustrating at times, I do see the blessings of that time.  Our family also travelled together, spent alot of time together, stopping to see the sights and some amusement parks.  We also enjoyed extra time with my parents, my husband's parents, and our sisters and brothers families.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Everything seems to take a long time

We're still "stranded" in the US while we wait for our support to come in.  We feel like we are in limbo, feeling the call and the need to go back to the field, but not able to get back yet.  We are living with family, which in some ways is nice, but we'd like to be in our own place.  Even if that place is an ocean away, in a country that is semi frozen right now!
We're also waiting on invitations in order to apply for our visas.  Other team members have run into problems getting those, so we wait...and pray.
I'm going to be sharing some thoughts on what our prefield or deputation looked like BEFORE we went to the field in 2002.  I'll be sharing the good, the bad, and the not so pretty.  Please don't take my words as complaining, though I was probably complaining at the time.  I will be sharing my thoughts and feelings of what I remember what I was going through at the time.