Our first few months of really being the Directors of Mobilization, after we completed Beautiful Feet Boot Camp training, have been full of many adjustments for our family. First, we moved, which deserves its own post so I won’t say much about it now. Second, Darrel and I have been traveling with John and Jamie Zumwalt to the Perspectives classes that they are teaching within driving distance. This has taken Darrel or I away about every other week for the last 6 weeks or so and will continue until the first week of May.
This has been a time of challenge and growth, both for us and for our children. FaceTime has become our friend and vital part of our morning routine when one of us is gone. Seeing faces and checking in helps add to the security of the ones left behind.
The time on the road has several benefits for Darrel and I as we learn and develop our new position. We are able to spend time with our founders between classes; understanding our organization, its past and their vision for the future. This is incredibly valuable as we move forward. Another benefit of traveling is being out with the Perspectives students. These kids are teaching us. We are listening, learning and asking the question, “How can we help this generation reach the darkest places with the love of Jesus?” We know what is needed. We know that it requires intimacy with Jesus, training and perseverance to make it long-term on the field, long enough to understand the culture so that the seed of Jesus can be planted and nurtured to grow. This kind of commitment is not usually made in a semester. We are learning how to help these individuals just keep moving, as Jamie says, “it’s hard to move a ship while it’s sitting in the harbor.” It has been eye-opening to see what God uses in the lives of future missionaries to bring them to the point of going. Please pray for us as we walk with the ones we are talking with on a regular basis. Pray that we will have insight to help them process and the perseverance ourselves to never give up on people. After all, it took us many years to process and many steps of faith to get to where we are today.