Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rainbows and Unicorns

I mentioned earlier this week that we live in “the land of rainbows and unicorns.” Just in case you didn’t realize it, I was kidding about the unicorns (we keep looking but have yet to see one). But the rainbows… we see them so often, it’s becoming commonplace. Since winter started back in May, I’d say we see about 2-3 a week with all the showers we’ve had.

I saw one driving home on Monday and, for whatever reason, was reminded of the evidence of God’s work that’s attached to rainbows. Maybe it was because missionaries always have holy thoughts but I think it may have had something to do with the brilliant rainbow over our house. I started to wonder how Noah felt every time he saw a rainbow after the flood. I would think it would have been emotional for him, like when I walked by a race finish line a year after running a 25k road race – I was all weepy because of the feelings that symbol reignited. I like to think that Noah would get all choked up as he pondered how God became real to him.

Then, I started thinking of our journey since we arrived here. It has been awesome to serve the church here in New Zealand. It’s been energizing to help them develop their outreach to their community and build relationships with people in our community. It’s been a blessing to come beside the church’s leadership and encourage and partner with them to help the church live out its vision. But, I think the part we most treasure has been seeing how God has become real to us. The area this is best seen has been our funding.

Since last fall (or spring in the US because the seasons are opposite here), our time here has been measured in adding another month. Since March, we’ve started each month not knowing if it would be our last. Yet, each month, God has provided what we’ve needed. It’s been amazing to see how God has met this need and allowed us to continue investing in what He is doing here.

As I continued thinking, I connected our team at home with rainbows. This sounds real cheesy but you are our rainbows. As we look over the last several months, we see how God has used you to speak a word of encouragement and give when able. The faithfulness of what you’ve done added with the faithfulness of others has sustained us when we wondered how God would keep us here an additional month. Now, I see a rainbow (then) think of how God used it to remind Noah (then) think of how you all remind us of God’s care for what is happening here (then) get a bit teary over how God makes Himself known. Thanks for being part of this kaleidoscope God uses to work around the world.

We’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve had a lot of people join our meal plan but continue to look month to month regarding our time here. This month, our target is $2,529 by August 15 – that’s how much is needed to stay an additional month. We’ve come to embrace Paul’s sentiment in Philippians 4 – “I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength (vs12-13).” Each day, we are blessed to be in New Zealand and serve the church here. We crave to stay our full term but are also blessed with what God enables. We ask that you’d pray for the ministry here and that God would continue to meet our month to month needs. If you feel prompted or able to help meet September’s goal, let us know how we can help. We have two goals, the 1st is obviously getting enough funds to sustain another month, but a 2nd goal we have that would change the overall future of our funding is gaining monthly support, money that is counted on every month. This is where the New Zealand Meal Plan comes into play and there is more information about that under our “links” on the left side of the page.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our family. The last month has seen the wrap up of The Love Languages Course, a successful end to term 2 for Mainly music, a strong ending to our home schooling for term two, and two completed applications for grants for cessions trust. We have had some bumps along the way as well. The cold/flu found its way into our house hold not once but twice, along with that DaNae injured her ankle and she is about ½ way through physical therapy. So a busy and at times crazy month, but God just continues to show up over and over.

We are so grateful for you taking the time to peak in on our lives and sharing the journey with us. We look forward to updating you again soon.