I'm writing tonight from a comfortable armchair in a rambling old farmhouse in the middle of Oklahoma. We are on the second home of our journey and are already amazed at the hospitality of our friends. It's wonderful to have friends that actually want us to visit. I love to have visitors but don't always expect others to feel the same way. After all, there are six of us...
I can't believe that we only have four weeks until we leave the country. Time is getting short and, thankfully, so is our to-do list. Although we haven't bought everything we need yet, we are just a few thousand short of our budget for up-front costs, including a car! A friend put us in touch with a missionary family leaving Uganda who have an affordable car for sale that we are interested in buying. Once again, we're excited to see what God is going to do! Monthly support is coming along well also with probably 75% raised so far. Thanks to all of you who have committed to sponsoring us or have already given us up-front money. We have been so blessed and pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the body of Christ.
Our house sale is also going well, moving along at a slow but steady pace. We are set to close on June 23rd but are hoping for things to happen a bit faster than that.
Well....I'm feeling tired and ready to go to bed. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We love you all and already miss home. Thank you for the daily encouragement and tremendous support you have given us.
- kristi -
A few days ago John Kindy, a friend to many of us, went to be with Jesus. I met Jon in kind of a strange way. I organized a bike ride called "Ride 4 Shelter" to raise money so that the homeless in the Glenwood Springs area could have a safe place to sleep through the winter. Through a friend, Jon heard about the ride and signed up. He came the day before, ate dinner with us, stayed the night, and we were off riding by 8am the next morning. Five of us rode the long ride and it was immediately clear to us all that Jon was the only one who knew what he was doing. During our 2 day ride I got to know Jon as a sincere, genuine, and true guy. In fact, meeting Jon made me think of Nathanael of the the gospels. Jesus meets this guys Nathanael and immediately makes the claim that "here is a man of Israel in whom there is nothing false." I imagine Jon was a lot like Nathanael because upon meeting him I felt inclined to say something similar. Anyway, I like this picture because it is the 5 of us standing on a wall in Leadville, Colorado after we had conquered 90 miles and a couple of passes. The Bible speaks of things being "a shadow and type of things to come." Our temporary joys and victories in this life are a shadow and type of the life we will live with Jesus (the life Jon is now living). The victory this picture represents, that what I was able to share with Jon is a reminder to press on in the faith, to run the race, and to endure till the end. Thanks Jon for the life you lived and your reminder to press on.
" No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
This is just a quick post to update all of you on how things are going. It's been a crazy week, full of ups and downs, but God has definitely been working throughout!
As you know from our last post, we signed a contract on our house on Friday, April 30th. On Monday evening my realtor called to tell us that our buyers terminated their contract. We were very disappointed, but continued to work on last minute preparations for leaving, hoping for another buyer to come quickly!
On Wednesday night at 8:30pm he called back...our buyers wanted our house after all! Apparently after looking around for a day or so, they changed their minds :) We're hoping this will be the last time they do that!
Today we had our last Uganda team meeting and BOUGHT OUR TICKETS!! That's right...one-way, non-refundable tickets to Uganda. We were even more excited when we found out it wouldn't cost us $12,000 as we had originally thought, but only HALF of that! What a blessing for our family!
God has been so good to us and continues to show us that His plans will be fulfilled. We are especially thankful for our team and the unity we have experienced with them. We are looking forward to community life with them in Uganda :)
Please pray for our team members, Cody and Michaela, as they also need to sell their house before leaving. We appreciate your prayers and emails so much! You are a vital part of our team!!