Thursday, February 24, 2011


So within hours of posting on Tuesday, we hit the 70% mark!  And yesterday we were given the ok from LAM to commit to the May Term at ILE!  That was a fun email to write!

There is still a lot of work to be done.  We were able to commit to the May term at 70%, but we need to gain 15% in March and 15% in April.  Which means a whole lot of traveling and talking.  But there is a whole lot of fun packed into there too!  And as always, if you have a group of people who you think would be interested in hearing what God is doing, just let us know!  March is pretty much booked right now, but there is still plenty of time in April to get together.  Seriously, just give us a holler!

We now have some more specific dates.  Which helps me a ton! I have an end in sight, now we just dig in and get the work done!  We will be moving to Grand Rapids March 25th.  That means we have just about a month left living in the north here.  And even as I type this, there are boxes and bins starting to be filled. 

It is a bittersweet thing for sure.  Last night the Barakel staff surprised us with a going away dinner (we thought it was just a normal monthly potluck) and blessed us with kind words, and way too many sweet gifts!  It is hard to leave this place that God has Blessed, but we know He is moving us on, and for that we are excited.

While in Grand Rapids, we will be staying in my sister and brother in law's upstairs apartment.  It's such a great arrangement because they will have their space and we will have ours, and we will be oh so close to them!  And it will give us more concentrated time to support raise, finish up details and spend time with family and friends.

As best we know right now, we will be flying to Costa Rica sometime around the 25th of April.  Orientation starts April 28th, so we need to be there a couple of days before hand.  It's exciting, and bit overwhelming all at the same time.  There is still a lot of work to do, but we are trusting that since God brought us to 70% before March 1st, He is going to provide the rest of the funding we need to leave in April. 

And now, bring on the boxes!


  1. ah friend. I have tears in my eyes reading of you news. How precious and sweet the timing of our God. Praying that the Lord will not only bless you abundantly with support over these next couple of months! If I lived closer, I'd say, let me take the boys, so you can do some serious packing! :) love you! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

  2. YEAHHH! What a birthday gift, huh?

    So happy for you guys. Kinda sad I won't see you this summer, but it will be for a good reason! Oh I am so glad that CILT and Barakel brought you into our lives.


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