9 airplanes and 20+ staff are loaded and ready on the runway. It’s Monday morning, and Kingdom Air Corps is a buzz of activity, getting ready for 2 weeks of Brooks Range Bible Camp (1 week of Junior Camp, 1 week of Teen Camp). We fly 6 hours up to the Alaskan villages, seeing a side of Alaska we hadn’t before. Villages accessible only by airplane. Villages without churches. Villages full of so much need.
One Hurdle At a Time
Before getting married, one of the things we eagerly anticipated was the idea of doing life together. With that idea came the notion that we would have all sorts of time on our hands. As it turns out, the grass is always greener and time continues to slip between our fingers faster than ever.
Summer has been good, but summer has been full. However when one gets married, rents a house for the very first time, and makes plans to leave the country (all within a 6-month time span), I suppose that is to be expected.
God continues to open doors and tackle hurdles as we pursue the plans He has for us. Last week we were able to sort out what has been our biggest problem thus far- needing an organization to take on our support under their 501c3 umbrella (a fun legal term Stephen understands better than me). Because we are part time with two missions (the Aviation Mission in Alaska and Grace Mission in Haiti), neither could filter our support year-round. Stephen’s church here in Ainsworth has committed to taking in our support for us full-time, which helps make everything much less complicated for both us and our supporters. This was a huge answer to prayer and one more thing to add to the ever-growing list of how God is working all things out.
We have been so grateful for the multitude of ways people have already come alongside us to support what we are doing- Stephen’s church here in Ainsworth, my church back in Chicago, individuals who have given to us financially, and people who have invited us into their homes and encouraged us and prayed for us. It is overwhelming to think that the journey has just begun.
The coolest part of all this is getting to tell the story that God is writing, and inviting others to come alongside us. This weekend we are printing, addressing, and mailing out support letters. So if you are interested in what we are doing and would like to find a letter in your mailbox next week, shoot us an email or leave us a comment and we’ll be sure you’re on the list!
The (un)offical Update
It’s hard to know what to write. So much is behind us. So much lies before us.
Where does one even begin?
There were wedding bells and a white dress, dearly loved friends and family, vows and rings and laughter and chaos.. It all whirled by with the bliss and the romance and the insanity of missing car keys and a lost suit coat button. We left the church overwhelmed by the support and the love we had been lavished with on our wedding day.
Alabama was a refuge of sorts; the chance to breathe deep and close a door on a fast-paced world. We spent the week parasailing, talking late into the night, and eating half a pan of brownies for dinner. After a year of long distance and wedding planning, Alabama breathed life into our tired and weary souls.
Now we are here. In a summer rental house in the middle-of-nowhere (also known as Ainsworth) Nebraska. Stephen is putting in long hours at the autobody shop, working to provide and make our ends meet. I spend the days writing, making a mess of the kitchen, and going for too many runs.
So many are asking to know, “What’s next? What are your plans?”
We’ve been asking the very same thing. Haha.
To put our chaos into a nutshell… We are in Ainsworth this summer, adjusting to married life and preparing to head to the mission field in September. Our plans are to spend the fall in Haiti with Grace Mission In Haiti and to serve there in various capacities. We will come home for the holidays and a bit of a break, then we plan to return to Haiti in January. Come May, we will do away with the summer-time clothes, pack up our sweaters and jackets, and head to Alaska. Stephen is hoping to acquire flight hours and ratings at Kingdom Air Corp– a mission aviation ministry with a summer training program he was able to briefly visit last year. (Note: follow each sentence up with the line “Lord willing”)
Beyond that, we do not know. What we are continually finding true about God is that He gives us just one step at a time, the very moment we need it. Nothing more, nothing less.
We will update more in-depth in the coming weeks. In the meantime, leave us your comments, email us with questions, and keep us in your thoughts and prayers.