Ok… it’s been a long time since we’ve posted, and since the traffic on our site has really spiked we are committing to keeping you up to date at least once a week.
Ever since our candidate week in November, we knew there were 2 big tasks looming over our heads that had to get done in the next 6 months or we wouldn’t be going to the mission field. Those 2 tasks are to sell the house, and to raise the support.
We started praying back in November that God would somehow provide a buyer for our house without having to put it on the market. We were praying this because 1. the housing market in South Riding is terrible right now and many many townhomes here have been on the market for months, or even a year, and 2. because we knew it was going to be very hard to be packing our home, selling our stuff, and showing our house.
Praise God, we wrote a contract on our house Wednesday, with our very good friends, Max & Rebecca. Yes, that Max. That guy with tattoos all over his arms. That guy who provided the inspiration for our sons’ Mother’s Day surprise when they scrawled “i love mom” in permanent marker all over their chest and arms.
The amazing thing is that we were nearly neighbors about 7 years ago in Denver, and probably ran into each other many times at King Soopers. I met Max a few days after Sydney was born, he introduced himself to me after church that Sunday, by the next Friday he was climbing a 20 foot ladder changing the wiring on the auditorium speakers. Within a month we started a discipleship program together, a couple months after that we found him an apartment to rent next door and he started working for our friend Jonathan’s pool business, where he works to this day. I was also privileged to be with him that frigid winter day when he was baptized in the Potomac River.
He and Rebecca met at Frontline, and are getting married next month. They don’t have much furniture or belongings between the two of them… and we have a houseful that we need to get rid of. How much more convenient can it be to sell our house, with most of the furnishings, to good friends who could use it all? On top of that, we discovered the amount we’ll walk away with after closing is exactly enough to cover our mortgages, our student loans, and a small personal loan. Not much more than a penny more, but exactly enough to send us to Africa debt free. How cool is God?
We’ll be renting our house back from them until the end of May, when we’ll be hitting the road, doing our 1 month tour of family to say goodbye.
Another weekly update: we’ve had some amazing gifts come in, and are over half-way there on our outgoing support, and a little over 20% there on our monthly support. Any monthly support that comes in before July goes to our outgoing expenses, so right now we’re not worried about outgoing, it’s really just our monthly pledges that we’re looking for. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us.