Stuck in the middle… or not? Plus, “Duh” moments

Please, some one tell me I’m not going crazy! Transitional periods are by far the hardest part about change. I suppose I could use the growing pains analogy, about looking forward and fighting through the pain. Those are all thoughts that come to mind and everyone will tell you change is for the better. But wow, is that stuff easier said than done. I also don’t necessarily think it’s accurate… At least the bit about fighting through it, just hanging in there. That mumbo jumbo. It’s easy for people to see where they want to finish, and even easier to see where they’ve started, but it’s definitely not easy to remember that the middle, the transition, the change is where the journey is.

That’s something I have to keep reminding myself every. single. day.

What a relief it is to know I’ve got a God who will provide, so when I doubt things I quickly remember He’s got it. There is no need to worry. That’s not my job… but in that brief moment of doubt I’ve found myself being struck with some of those “duh” moments. They’re the pits… “Duh” moments are when some one reminds you of something that you realize you knew but are annoyed or embarrassed that you didn’t think about it when the appropriate moment for it arrived. Yeah, God does that to me all the time. I tell Him it’s annoying too. Nevertheless, those moments point me towards where I need to grow. What needs to change to make this transition… and that’s a good thing.

It’s easy to see and hear of all the ways God will and can use us in Taipei… but for now I need to work on the transition. 

Fundraising Update No. 1

The journey has begun and our team is slowly coming together. We have started fundraising full force! Talk about all the emotions! It’s scary and stressful, but also sometimes fun. After all, this is just one more opportunity to share our testimony with you as God continues to provide! We want to make sure everyone is kept in the loop, so we will be doing update blog posts each time we get a new report (about twice a month). They probably won’t be super long or in depth, but we want everyone to be aware of where we’re at.

Our first report came on Tuesday, and we’re happy to announce that we are 19 percent supported. We still have a ways to go, but wow! We are 19 percent closer to being able to move to Taiwan!

Please continue to pray for us before we leave. Pray that God would continue to provide more partners and collaborators in this new chapter, and if you feel like you’re being called to partner with us, then please pray that God would affirm that as well!

Taiwan Timeline

A common question Justin and I have been hearing lately is, “How long will you be in Taiwan for?” That’s an interesting question. It seems simple, doesn’t it?

We don’t really foresee an end to our time in Taipei. We have; however, committed to two years with Envision. At the end of those two years, we will reevaluate everything, and then once again, make the right decision for our family.

Two years seems like a long time, but it’s not actually. I’m anticipating that it will take nearly a year to get fully comfortable with the culture and adjust to our everyday in Taiwan. We have a lot of changes coming up. We likely won’t be working our usual 8-5, we’ll solely be using public transportation to get around, we’ll be meeting loads of new people, and learning a new language! Plus, there’s all the things we haven’t even thought of yet.

We’ll be doing all of this while trying to help a tenacious toddler through it all as well. Luckily, Kennedy is probably the most adaptable out of the three of us.

So to answer the question, we don’t REALLY know how long we’ll be in Taipei. Justin and I have decided to look at it indefinitely. After two years, we’ll evaluate where we’re at in life. Ultimately God is the one that called us to Taiwan so really all we can do is keep moving forward until he calls us in a different direction.