Friday October 18 has become an important date for our family. Yesterday Nathanael and I had a meeting with the guy who will be our pastor through EMM. He was the final step in the process of approval. In august we had a meeting with Darrel and his wife Sherryl. At that time we were given "homework", told to go home, and pray about our calling.
I have to admit this process hasn't been "fun" or easy. There were times I questioned why we even were pursuing it.
Last night I had the opportunity to talk to a woman at work about my story of a calling. It renewed my purpose in it. That initial moment where God spoke to me directly hasn't changed. Circumstances have. People have failed, but the calling remains as strong as ever.
After a conversation with Darrel, he told us we are approved to continue on to the next stage with EMM.
Let me state that one again: APPROVED. nothing conditional anymore.
And so our journey, which began quite a while ago, has taken a new turn. Things seem more final but I am still very anxious. There is much to do, and per Nancy, Sulmi, and really our goal; we have 9 months to complete fundraising and training.
Usually the amount we have to raise takes 12-18 months. I guess we really are starting out expecting God to do awesome things (or for it to take longer for us to get to Belize).