Welcome! I’m glad your inquisitive mind is here.
I have been loving the questions we are getting about our missions pursuit. I thought I would just do a little Q&A here. If you have a question, please feel free to ask. We are an open book.
Q1. Why do you want to be missionaries? Can’t you spread the gospel here? (Okay, that’s a question I made up, not one I have been asked directly. I think the answer is important, and it’s one we have asked ourselves, so I’m going to answer.)
A1. Yes! Be a missionary every day. That was the title of one of the first songs I learned when I became a Christian when I was in High School (read my testimony here if you like.), and both Jason and I believe that if you profess to be a Christ-follower, you should be telling others about Him wherever you are. We are going to the Dominican Republic to do it because we feel God has led us to go there, there is a need there, and we loved it there. We love it here, too, so it has not been a quick and easy decision. It has, in fact, taken nearly 2 years to take steps of faith in that direction. After wrestling with it, both Jason and I felt the Lord asking us to obey and trust… in that order. We are doing the harder thing for us, and that is “to go”.
Q2. Are you selling your house?
A2. Yes. The house and 90% of what we own are going, unless we can win the heart of a barge owner who could transport our possessions across the Atlantic Ocean. Seriously, though, we are very excited about this. We are giving away what we can, and selling the rest… and it is an amazing feeling to be okay with walking away from it.
Q3. What?! You aren’t going to homeschool anymore?!
A3. I admit, I do love homeschooling. What I love about it is that I get to be with the kids all day. I will miss that, definitely, but I believe that they will be okay in the school there in the D.R. There have been times that I’ve worried about it because “letting go” is an area of struggle for this Mama. What it is really about is trusting God and that he loves our kids way more than I ever could. Period. I’m choosing to rest in that perfect peace that Christ offers when we are afraid.
To clarify, Paisley, Stacia, and Mo will attend Freedom Christian School. Finn is older than the highest grade at this point, so he will be enrolled in some kind of online education program. Some of the missionary families currently serving with Freedom have older children and the online education thing seems to work well for them, so we are probably going to follow suit.
Q4. When will you move to the Dominican Republic?
A4. We are on God’s timetable. Whenever we raise enough monthly support, we will go. We do hope it will be sooner than later, and we have a goal to be there by June 2017.
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Q5. How are your parents and family doing with this?
A5. Both Jason’s parents and mine are totally amazing. Of course they don’t want to see us go, but they are so supportive and they know that family is forever, regardless of your geography. It isn’t easy to tell your family and close friends you are moving away, especially “way away”. It’s hard and we haven’t faced the hardest times yet. Prayers are so appreciated in this area. “Things” are easy to leave. People are not. It leaves you feeling really sick inside to know you are leaving someone you love, and it kind of feels like you are breaking their heart… even if they are supportive.
I’m sure there are other questions, and I am happy to answer those. Feel free to ask, and I will update as I can.
Thank you for being here!