Yes…It’s official. We have been approved and appointed as missionaries to Haiti through Global Outreach International. We just returned from a week long orientation and training at their home office in Tupelo, MS. We had an amazing time and learned so much. We are so excited to take what we have been learning and apply it to our lives as we prepare for Haiti.
We believe The Lord is leading us to move there in October of this year, which leaves us about 4 months to raise all of our support needed and make necessary preparations. This is a lofty goal, but do you know what?…We serve a great and awesome God who can do mighty things, therefore we are fully confident that He will lead us according to His plan.
He will indeed lead us, protect us, and provide for all our needs, but we have our part to do in trusting in Him and doing whatever He calls us to do no matter how insurmountable the task seems to be. This reminds me of the story in the Bible where Jesus was walking on water and He met the disciples on the lake during a storm. Jesus beckoned Peter to come to Him on the water to prove that it really was Jesus…and Peter walked on water too as He went towards Jesus. But in order for Peter to walk on the water, he had to do one thing first…get out of the boat and place that first foot down on the stormy waters. And as he took that step of faith while keeping his eyes on Jesus, Peter walked on water, rising above the stormy wind and waves. Peter did something that seemed impossible through trusting in Jesus Christ knowing that “with God, all things are possible.”
And so we, like Peter, have what seems like an impossible task in front of us. And God is calling us to step out of the boat, fix our eyes on Him, and walk by faith knowing that He will provide for “all of our needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus,”
That first great step out of the boat will occur tomorrow as I resign from my job so that we can begin raising support on a full-time basis. This will require us to do a lot of traveling to meet with churches, family, and friends to share our vision for what God has called us to do in Haiti and ask them to partner with us in this great work. We are very excited…and yes…very afraid. But we are confident that The Lord will do great and wondrous things right before our eyes as we trust in Him for everything.
Check out our mission agency that we are with at Global Outreach International. It is a great agency and we are so blessed to be a part of this missions family. – Cody