There’s a book by Madeline L’Engle by this name, and it refers to the Bible verse, “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.” (Song of Songs, 8:7). This verse doesn’t quite fit my thoughts, but it feels right. The season we are just about ending has felt like a flood of many waters, and yet God’s love has held us and we have not drowned.
I realized it’s been a long time since I updated here. In June we got notice that we had to find a new house. We spent three months trying to find a place that would rent to a family with six kids. Nobody. Not one person. Not even people with huge houses. Sigh. The area has very limited rentals coming available anyways, but for us, it was impossible. So we moved in August into my mom’s 22′ travel trailer. Some very kind strangers allowed us to park on their property and that’s how we lived Aug-Dec. Another kind person, a friend’s parents, gave us a second trailer that doubled our living space, but it was still extremely close quarters. I figured it out at one point – 8 of us in 336′ of space. Claustrophobic is a good descriptor. We spent most of the fall out, we signed up the kids for a bunch of classes for homeschool and so we all didn’t go stir crazy…..well…not every day anyways. 😉 To up the crazy, we went from one dog to two when our neighbor’s (unwanted) dog “adopted” us. Before this time we had encountered someone from the Village Missions organization, and had tentatively started investigating them. We decided to apply, and were accepted eventually. We started fund raising (Village Missions sends out missionary pastors to rural churches who can’t afford, or get, a pastor), as all VM pastors must raise a part of their salary. As part of this process, we decided for a multitude of reasons to give notice at Nathan’s job, pack up the stuff in storage (all our worldly goods, which we discovered had been infested with mold) into a container, and drive down to Southern California. We made it just before Christmas, were able to spend the holidays with family, then continue support raising. See, we couldn’t go start doing ministry til all the funds were vouched for. At the end of January, we reached 100%, so we bid farewell to friends and family, left the trailer with my mom, and headed north. We stayed in temporary housing a month, then got our stuff out of the container storage and moved again, into our parsonage. Nathan began as pastor in mid February, and it’s been a wild ride. We haven’t really had internet much for the last three months, so I’m trying to catch up on things now.
We are just settling into this new role, and getting to know our community. We held an Easter (Saturday) picnic party to get to know the local kids, and it was great fun. We made “empty tomb” cakes, and the kids really went to town decorating them!
Life is going to be very hectic for the next 6 months. We have two conferences, one vacation Bible school week, one summer helping at a Bible camp, and homeschooling to finish…oh and we might squeeze in visiting family as well.
If you’d like to see more about the ministry, listen to Nathan’s sermons, or follow us more regularly we’re using a facebook page: Born Family Ministry. As we are missionaries who need to raise support, we have a way you can do that if you choose, please check out the “About Us” link for more info.
I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting during the upcoming year; we are both “full timers” basically. But I’ll try to do it a bit more regularly than I have. 🙂