Well, we are currently and officially homeless! We closed on our house last Friday and over the next couple of days, completely cleaned out every nook, cranny, closet, drawer, and cupboard. We are ving at Megan’s parents’ house for the coming months as we await our departure to Uganda. Over these two weeks, we have been incredibly blessed to see and be reminded in so many ways how God is in control of all aspects of our lives, how He knows what is best for us, and will provide just what we need.
Some of these reminders have come in the form of experiences we have had. For example, one day last week, as Megan was taking a van-full of clothes and other items to her parents’ house, along with the four kiddos in the van, she got a flat tire. Initially, this seemed such an inconvenient time to be getting a flat tire! However, the next couple of hours went as smoothly as it could have. There were at least four unrelated friends who just happened to be nearby, free, and happy to help as we needed. Before this, Ryan had been having a stressful morning, so as he had to step away from work for a bit (to help his damsel in distress), he was given the time and opportunity to step back, pray, and sing and worship our Father on his way to and from taking care of this unexpected situation. Megan had also been having somewhat of a stressful/chaotic morning, as the kids were being quite demanding and she felt the pressure of moving out in two days and all that comes with that. Since she was stranded for a couple of hours at her parents’ house, she was given the gift of being able to relax and spend time playing with and enjoying our kids, not being frustrated with them and all that was on her to-do list for that day. God reminded us that no matter what happens, He always is the only One who knows what’s best for us. And, even if it is hard to see in the moment, we are to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
Other reminders of God’s sovereignty, provision, and loving-kindness have come from family and friends who have been there for us in various ways. We have had dear friends help prepare for our yard sale, babysit our children for different occasions, helped facilitate the selling of our house, those who wrote encouraging notes, and those who didn’t mind us taking a break from all that was going on to simply talk and pray. We are grateful for those the Lord has placed in our lives to walk with help, support, encourage, and especially pray with and for us. As others have given of their time, we have felt so loved by each of them, and especially loved by our Father.
As far as an update in terms of getting to Uganda…selling and moving out of our house brings us one step closer! We are aiming to be able to go towards the end of July, so we are currently working through logistics such as updating passports, completing vaccinations, fundraising, visiting churches, getting dentist and eye appointments made, etc.
We do have a couple of specific prayers requests and would appreciate you praying along with us:
*Please be in prayer that those who God leads will partner to support us on a monthly basis. Currently, we are a little over 50% in terms of the monthly support we project to need for life in Uganda. The goal is to be at 75% before we leave.
*Please also pray for a home for our family in Mbale. As of right now, there is not an obvious, available house for our family. But, we continue to trust God that He is preparing a home that will be just right for our family in His timing.
These girls are so great with our kiddos and sweet to be willing to help babysit them! We are thankful that our kids have some wonderful teenage role models to look up to.
Heather is not only a great sign-maker 🙂 We were so thankful and touched that she, along with her boys, Codi and Collin, were willing to get up early on a Saturday morning to help us out! And, thank you to Chandler (you can see her walking behind Heather, smiling away as she works!) for all of your help sorting through those piles of clothes! Uncle David and Auntie Erin make any day more fun! Thank you to you both, for all of your help over those couple of days!! And, thanks to Grandpa King for keeping Ryan comfortable while working the yard sale.
Laura, her daughter, and friend came without being asked to help when Megan and the kids were stranded on the side of the road with our flat tire – what a blessing they were that day! We are so thankful to Scott for helping us walk through the process of selling our home. Not only did he make the process simple and easy on our end, but he continually offered words of encouragement, comfort, and confirmation. And, what a wonderful help Stephen was to Ryan in moving and transporting big furniture items out of our home – thank you!
There were so many more who helped us, even still are helping us, and so even if we don’t have a picture of you, please know that we love and are grateful for taking time to serve our family!
2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”