I have thought and dreamed about this day for so long. There is something so powerful when we take a step of faith into the unknown and say yes to a calling, that requires complete trust on God to see it through. There is so much we can do on our own, and I was craving that kind of faith. From the time we said yes to the calling to serve in cross cultural missions, there has been one opportunity after another to trust Him completely with all of the uncertainties. For the last two years, we have been learning that we truly are in control of nothing. It is humbling because we know we could not make this happen on our own. He has worked out all things for His purposes and in His timing.
One of the words of wisdom from the missionaries on the ground in Gracias, is to be careful not to "romanticize" the mission work and missionary life. I heed these words because I am a romantic! Thankfully, I have been there enough times now, to have a "glimpse" of how raw it can be, emotionally and how vast the needs are. But today, I am celebrating and praising the Lord not because I think it will be smooth, easy, adventurous or any of those things that may look appealing from a far, but because God gave us a vision two years ago and it is coming to fruition. He is faithful! I often ask my children, "What is your dream? How do you think God will use you in your generation to bring light into this dark world? How will he use your gifts to make His name known? Do we have an imagination to dream of what that could look like? He is personal and relational- He has made us uniquely and will give us a unique calling that is so fulfilling! I dared to dream and it has been so worth it!