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Weighting On God

In mid March, much to my surprise, we were told that my weight could prevent us from serving in certain areas of the world. This is primarily due to health concerns in areas that have very poor health care; and secondarily, that it would not be a good witness to those who are poor and often hungry. My weight has been a battle for me for most of my life but, knowing that God has called us to missions and that He is in control, I knew that I needed to turn this over to Him. Feeling that a 25 BMI was too big of a goal, I set a target of reaching a 30 BMI by the end of the year; I did the math at realized that the 63lb I needed to lose was doable. I was not looking forward to it but on 16 March I started on my wight loss plan. We went and bought FitBit tracking devices, a digital scale, and I started tracking my calories online. The geek in me definitely loved all the technology and I quickly learned that walking everyday was VERY easy and tracking my calories kept me acutely aware of what gave me the biggest bang for buck food wise. Shockingly, I was not hungry, sore, or discouraged; God knew exactly what I needed to do this. A lot of weight came off the first few weeks but it continues to come off at a healthy rate; as of today, I have lost 25lb which is 40% of my initial goal. God is so good! He teaches me to trust Him in so many ways. I have no idea where God will send us; but He knows. In July we will be laying out all the opportunities we have discovered and will be seeking his guidance through prayer and fasting to see where we should go. But God in is His awesome wisdom knew that this level of progress on my weight would free me to have the confidence to not fear that my weight would hold us back. And then as icing on the cake, my work has a site that tracks healthy habits and rewards us financially; I am only a few days away from earning the $250 cap for the year.

Please pray for us to continue down this path of being better steward of our bodies so we are available to serve God wherever He may send us. Also, please pray for God’s will and discernment on selecting a place to serve.

 

update (Sep 27, 2018)

13 more pounds to go until under a 30 BMI

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Don’t Choose. Do Both!

Over the past 2 months we have been talking to several missions organizations about a wide range of opportunities and God is good. These opportunities range form traditional work with unreached people groups to general missionary support roles in our own living room. But the more we talk to these groups, the more we see the need to serve. Also, I keep seeing the possibilities of doing something hybrid such as working in a foreign country, church planting, relief work, helping children, etc, and also working in a general support role that we can do from home anywhere. This could fulfill my calling to use my software skills and allow us to be involved in more traditional missionary work as well. I have been seeing this since the first time we met with any organization. Then, about a week ago, I was playing this in my head with a couple of specific opportunities and was praying for God’s guidance on this as I walked back to my desk at work. When I got to my desk, the first thing I saw on my email was this image below. It is interesting to watch God lead and guide this. I am not sure where this will take us but I know God is in control. Please continue to pray for us.

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Which way do we go?

We both agree that God has called us to missions, but what does that look like? Karen has always had a vision of being a pastors wife and I have had a vision for a long time of using my God given gift as a software engineer for His kingdom. Although this could lead us down many paths, we are initially pursuing opportunities that would have the most impact to the kingdom while maximizing the use of these skills, gifts, and talents. This opens the doors for several “out of the box” opportunities that include a lot of stateside assignments and some non-traditional overseas positions. As could be expected, these ideas encroach on the comfort zone and needs some time to sink in. So please keep us in prayer to be flexible to God’s calling and open for Him to mold us into what he wants us to do.

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Testing the Waters

From the beginning of our relationship, Karen and I have had an eye towards missions. In fact, we started seeing each other, and eventually courting, after being in a “Serving as Senders” class at Calvary Aurora. Ever since, we have both felt God is calling us into full-time missions work.

The week of Christmas 2017 God provided a way for us to get our affairs in order to where we could go into missions work. We had felt for a while that once this would happen, that God would reveal more of His plan for us. As the new year came around we were listening for God’s guidance and praying that He would reveal more to us. Unbeknownst to me, on the evening of the 1st, Karen specifically prayed that God would reveal something to me the next morning. That next morning, the 2nd, I got up and was reading in Genesis about Noah and the flood. The scripture jumped out at me as I was reading about Noah releasing the raven and dove to test the waters. Noah was seeing what was out there before he could open the door and step out into this new world. We believe it was a Rhema word from God directing us to step out and start testing the waters to see what missions opportunities were around that would best fit our skills and callings.