2015 is upon us and we are excited to announce that we will be making our OFFICIAL move to the Dominican Republic in April to continue our work with GO Ministries! Woo hoo! We are humbled by the amazing support of all of our partners and can’t thank you enough for your continued prayer and support. Your commitment to us and the work God is doing in the DR and Haiti has contributed to making this all possible. *hugs*
In all honestly, this is going to be a pretty emotional blog post…sorry for being so heavy right off the bat! I’m pretty emotional right now. Even as I sit here in this moment excited for this shifting in our lives I’m in tears because it’s been a tough journey since we first decided in 2011 that there was MORE and we were going to do whatever it took to find it. We need Jesus SO MUCH! He is THE reason for every second of every day and every choice and we can’t do what he’s asking of us without his love, affirmation and the hope that HE has made a way when there seems to be no way and HE is the author and finisher of our faith and is coming back for his faithful bride. “Fill Me Up” by Jesus Culture just came on Pandora…timely huh?
We were living in Boston, MA, in 2011 and God began to make us really dissatisfied with every day life. We loved our home, our community and the people God had brought us into relationship with but there was a sense of MORE that began to press it’s way into the safety of our (my) bubble. God’s not a one-sided God. He’s a God of relationship and communion and as we began to say, “God, we want more of you”, we realized God was saying, “Torre, Jess, I want more of YOU”. So we began so say “Anything God” and he began to lead us into what “Anything” looked like. At first it looked like making the decision to leave friends and our beloved family to move to another country where we knew no one (New Zealand); selling almost everything we owed, our “home”, to become free and movable; making the choice to not fear other peoples opinions or failure knowing that what we were about to do might not work…at all! And as we began moving forward in faith through the hard stuff God was present…in the hard stuff…shining his light giving us new homes, friends, family, blessings and cheering us on toward what HE calls good. He hasn’t stopped. He’s our biggest fan. God’s singing to my heart today! “He is the Light” by Bryan & Katie Torwalt just came on!
Since 2011 we’ve had five major moves (Boston to LA, LA to New Zealand, New Zealand to LA, LA to Boston, Boston to LA) and relocated within California a dozen times for Torre’s work contracts between 2012 and 2015. I’m still working through the loss of my Mom in June, 2014, and looking towards the next three months to plan our next and final (for however long God decides) move to the DR. We are no experts and I’m sharing this because everything God asks of us (ALL of us) comes with a cost, but I believe it’s always worth it. I’m sharing this because we need your prayers. I want you to become intimately acquainted with us and our journey because that’s how relationship is built and that’s how connections are made strong. There’s obviously tons more details in the midst of the past four years both hard and amazing but I think that’s it for now.
April 2015 begins a new chapter (maybe book!) in our lives. I think when something comes to an end it can be sad and that’s ok. There would be no need for sorrow if there hadn’t been great joy and an abundance of experiences worth living all over again. So I’m still learning to embrace “ends” and to live expectantly for “beginnings” because in Christ they all have purpose.
Greetings 2015…Make us brave for your Kingdom God!
Romans 5, Developing Patience – (MSG)
1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
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