Things have started escalating very quickly.
I started off June as a full time missionary. That’s right, no more day job. Luckily, or unluckily, I had plenty to keep me busy right away. Planing Spain presentations for churches, helping Josh make a video, team training, and as soon as it all just started to slow down we found out that Stepha and Jacobo are leaving. They bought their tickets and they move to Spain July 2nd. Its bittersweet. Of course I am ECSTATIC that part of our team is on the move! They are done with support raising for the time being and moving on to the next stage! However, they have been with us since the beginning. Stepha and Jacobo have been with us through the thick of it. They are our family. We have watched their kids grow up. They understand us, they understand what we are doing because they signed up to do it first. Its hard to imagine what life will look like for the couple on months once they leave. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t alone yet. The Addis family is still staying in Albuquerque with us, but our entire team has a close bond and it still is hard to say a temporary goodbye to the Hernandez family.
Grieving but rejoicing - this seems to be a reoccurring theme lately.
I am glad that our leaders are going before us and that they will learn so much that they can pass on to us! They get to experience so much more of Burgos than we did in just our one week survey trip a couple months back. They will get more advanced on their Spanish (which I am admittedly a little jealous about) and they will get a better understanding of cultural traditions, how to sign for an apartment, where to buy the best groceries, how to best pack your entire life to another country, and other things like that. They are leading the way! They may need to do a little more “trial and error” than Josh and I will have to do and for that, I am grateful.
Seeing our friends leave is also motivating Josh and I to kick our butts in gear and get to Spain as quickly as possible! But there is a small problem with that…. even with all of our motivation, we don’t know how to get there. And we don’t have much control on getting there… God does. This is on God’s timing. Which I am thankful for because if we had our way, Josh and I would have left to Spain in October 2018. As we look back, we are thankful for how God has worked and we are thankful for the time we have had at home.
The most common question we get it “when are you guys leaving?” I wish I had an answer, but I don’t. I believe that God could preform a miracle and we could be fully funded within the next two months And leave in August. Or, we might not leave until next January. I am hopeful though, and a little fearful of how quickly I know God can move. I am praying that God would preform that miracle. I pray that we would be funded quickly and move to Spain in August or September. I would love to experience a renewed awe for the power that our God has. I want him to do things that my small mind thinks impossible, and I know that He can.