Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
For the past few days we have been telling people about our plans to move to Hungary and then on to Ukraine for long term missionary work. The response has been incredibly positive. Not once has anyone told us that it's a bad idea or acted like we were crazy for wanting to leave the warm coastal weather for sub zero climates. From friends and family to strangers, everyone has been so supportive.
Through it all, my parents have been the most supportive and encouraging. I can't say how much of a blessing they have been to us over the years and especially now. While we are being obedient to the Great Commission as "goers", they are serving as "senders". We couldn't be more thankful and proud of their response to our needs as we begin our journey. I know that they are making a huge sacrifice to send us, not just financially, but emotionally. Their only child, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren will literally be on the other side of the world. We can’t just jump in the car anymore and go see them. They know this and are still willing to help us answer God’s call.
As we have shared with them about how our hearts break for the orphans of Ukraine, their own hearts have been touched. In fact, they are so moved by this that they are willing to send their only son to bring Hope to these children. That reminds me of another Father who was willing to send His Son far from home so that others might be saved.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and support that are helping to make all of this possible. And Mom and Dad, if you’re reading this, thank you for all that you have done and the life that you have given me. Most importantly, thank you for sharing the love of Christ with me as a child.