If the Lord wills
"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." - Proverbs 16:9
As most of you know, and have experienced in your own lives, plans change. For some, it’s just a small annoyance or inconvenience. For others, it can be life changing. We feel like we fall somewhere in the middle when we look back over this year. Our plans when we set out for New Zealand in 2016, were to minister there for four years and then come home for furlough. Those plans were cut short when we returned in March with the purpose of changing mission agencies. We welcomed our third son, Callum, in April and began researching agencies as we travelled to report to supporters. In August, we joined International Gospel Mission (IGM) and planned to take a short trip to NZ with our pastor this past fall. However, it was not God’s will and those plans changed. As we continue to follow the Lord’s direction our plans are to begin the visa process in January and pursue a ministry opportunity in Christchurch, New Zealand in March. As we plan, we keep James 4:13-15 in the forefront of our minds. We know and understand that God is ultimately in control of our lives and are sure He will get us back to New Zealand in His timing. He desires us to trust Him, and by His grace we are endeavoring to do that. Our burden for Kiwis has not changed — if anything, it has gotten stronger. We are so thankful for each of you and grateful for your love, prayers, support and encouragement through an otherwise discouraging season in our lives. As you look toward your plans for 2019, may our lives encourage you to trust the Lord whether your plans come to pass or not.
— Smooth visa process and quick turn around
— Pursuit of God's direction in Christchurch, NZ
— Ability to move back to NZ in March