This year we have transitioned into a way of life that has proved more difficult than we could have imagined. I am not talking about the recent growth to our family, rather the ministry that we are here to pursue. We have been blessed with local friendships and ministry opportunities through those friendships. However our full time ministry focus of working with children and restoring healthy families had brought to a place where we were forced to learn a lot about ourselves.
As we transitioned out of teaching and into full time ministry work, we were excited! Excited to see what God does through the vision that He had placed in our hearts. We took this excitement and began trying to run with it. We established goals and plans to make this happen. Then we hit a road block. Everything we had set to do in our hearts, could not be done at this time due to government regulations and restrictions. Rather than engaging ourselves in new creative ideas, we hit a stand still. This led to somewhat of a depression, something that I truly believe so many of us deal with when life begins looking like it makes no sense. Kind of like that moment when the hopes and desires that God placed on your heart look impossible. This is what we began dealing with. Only stronger than we had ever felt because this time we had sold everything we owned and moved to a third world country.
We spent many late nights in prayer. Many tears and frustrations shared between the two of us. Here we were with two young daughters and no idea what to do next. Suddenly, it hit me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Our purpose for being here was no longer for the Guatemalan people, it was for me. It became about what we could do, rather than how we can help. We had put so much pressure on ourselves to start something big and great rather than believing God, in His perfect timing would work things out according to His perfect plan. From that moment on, everything changed.
It was time for us to serve, learn, and equip ourselves for the work that God had called us to do. Not for us, but for them! We woke up the next morning and began emailing and calling every potential opportunity within this country that we could think of. The truth is, there are over 150 homes in this country that are working with orphaned children. There is so much help that is needed, and so many resources available for us to learn from. We have reached the next step, and we are so excited about it.
We are devoting all of our time to finding a perfect place for us to serve Guatemalan children in an established environment, and also learn from the leadership so we can be as equipped as possible for when God gives us the opportunity to pioneer the work we believe He has placed in our hearts. We could not be more excited not just for our family, but also for the investment that will be made for the Guatemalan people.