Mission to Swaziland

It has begun!

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Money. Yuck. We are now in the throes of fundraising for our move to Swaziland. I have always appreciated what money can do, but asking for it, even for the sake of ministry, is uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassing. I’d love to just fly to Swaziland and start pitching in now and save the hassle and wait of the fundraising process. It doesn’t help that the two of us are introverts who have always strived to be self-sufficient. However, we recently heard a great perspective from our AIM executive director, Seth Barnes, and it’s reinvigorated us to keep pushing forward. Seth talks about how support raising reminds us of our reliance on God and that people want to give to a good cause. As we’ve seen the first donations roll in, we’re humbled that friends and family not only believe in what we are doing, but believe that the Lord can work through us. It has been so very encouraging to see the body of Christ rise up in Unity. We never thought that raising money could be exciting, but the truth is, seeing these acts of faith has us pumped! We appreciate prayers during the fundraising process as we have a lot to raise- $4,500/month for the next two years and $15,000 for the start-up costs (airfare, car, etc). We are especially in need of monthly supporters. If you haven’t received a fundraising letter yet, you may just get one soon. We welcome questions whether or not you plan on donating and of…

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Mother’s Day

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Yesterday I realized that about this time a year ago, we were driving to the ER. I was 6 weeks pregnant. We hadn’t told anyone yet as we had just found out a few days earlier. That very evening we were picking my mother up from the airport and had planned on breaking the news over dinner. On the way out the door, I noticed something was wrong and we wrung our hands about whether we should go straight to a hospital and leave my mom to grab a taxi or if I was overreacting to a little spotting. I cried most of the way to the airport. I was so scared that I would lose this baby, too. We decided to share the situation with my mom and she insisted on going to the ER. There, we heard the heartbeat for the first time. It was a reassuring yet frightening sound- yes, the baby was alive, but for how long? The next few weeks we prayed and prayed. It had been a year since we had lost Adam, six months since we decided to try again, one week since the excitement of a positive pregnancy test, and now, it seemed, my body had betrayed me… again. We were lucky that we had no more complications after that and Zach was born healthy and strong. He is our rainbow after the storm of the last two years. This Mother’s Day, I think of all the mothers and mothers-at-heart waiting for…

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Golden Halo

On Heaven

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Last week, I received my first ever spinal adjustment. I had no idea my body could crack and pop in so many ways that didn’t result in bodily harm. My chiropractor also showed me all my lovely issues via X-ray. He warned how my body would become harder to fix as time goes on if I did nothing now. I replied jokingly, “We’ll, it’s just my body.” The doc laughed and gave a skeptical look at the crazy person in front of him (as I guess most doctors would). I clarified that my body would only be needed for 80 years or so, referring to heaven (he knows I work for a church). He asked if I thought I would have a physical body in heaven. Great question! I have no idea. I told him as much and added that if we did end up having physical bodies, I think God would be so kind as to heal me. We returned to medical matters, but I have been thinking about his question ever since. I realized while I look forward to heaven, I don’t care about the details much. I know we have a loving God and I’m so excited to be that much closer to him. to see Him in all his glory. To rejoice in his presence.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will…

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