In the Spring of 2011 Darrell and I were inspired by good friends to read the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. We have been deeply changed since. God began to chip away at our hearts and our ideas of what we wanted in life. By the end of reading the book, we had mutually decided to pursue serving overseas and preferably in Africa. In our new enthusiasm we contacted a friend of ours who was working in Kenya at the time. His name is John Cropsey and he invited us to consider joining their team of doctors in Burundi one day. We felt in that moment that God was leading us to begin pursuing moving to Burundi.
Over the past two and half years we have taken mentorship classes and Bible study through World Harvest Mission (our hopeful sending agency) and have been in contact with the team throughout their fundraising, language training, and their recent arrival in Burundi. God has been preparing us in ways that have been painful, but we have come out of it with a stronger marriage, family, and most of all relationship with God. Our Air Force commitment will end in June of 2015 and that is when we hope to depart for language school for 10 months. After language school we will then move to Burundi.
We have gone through so many emotions in the last few years but each of them has led us back to this fundamental truth, God uses broken, imperfect people. So there is some hope for us! We are normal people who struggle every day to honor God in our work and parenting, there is nothing sparkly or missionary like about us. We cling to the promise in God’s Word that he will use us despite all of our mistakes. Please join us on this adventurous journey!
“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.