The past six months have been unsettling, resulting in our deciding to uproot from our work in Sweet Home, Oregon and settle in Manila. How did this happen?
In December, life was predictable, full of ministry and friends. Then, January happened.
A few days before the January Mission Connexion conference, Gina mentioned that she was feeling a call to missions... so we decided to attend the conference. It was incredible. I kind of expected to make a connection and find some direction. We met tons of great people but I didn't hear God say anything specific. He did drop a few clues.
Over the next few months, we felt an increasing urgency to go to unreached people. It felt like we were being pulled along towards an unknown destination. God told us clearly that we would be overseas by September, but He didn't tell us where. Remarkably, our pastor confirmed that God had told him months before that we'd be going international.
We explored websites, prayed a ton, and met with journey coaches and pastors from various mission agencies. God was silent about where He was sending us. That was very difficult. We knew we were going, but we didn't know where. God was saying, "Do you trust me?"
In June, we had decided on three probable choices. My school year ended, and we waited for God. God is never late with His clarity. We make our plans and God directs our steps. On Monday June 13, God made it clear and we're on our way to serve at Banaba House Ministries in Manila.
Below is the one of the three Banaba discipleship houses:
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.