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Is It Safe?

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Is it safe? We’ve occasionally been asked this question about our move overseas and yes, thoughts of our baby boy’s safety have entered into our minds. But for us, Brandon and me, we had not given much thought to our personal security. During our two weeks of training before flying to Swaziland, we covered persecution and martyrdom, but it wasn’t until a dear family member hugged us at the airport and tearfully whispered her request for us to be safe that I began to feel a bit of fear. I felt almost a sense of guilt that I was a contributor to possibly putting our family’s safety in jeopardy, had now carelessly flung it away, and it was too late to turn back. But then, God’s peace. I didn’t realize He had given me peace about this until I briefly felt that fear. Seth Barnes, our fearless leader at AIM, wrote this blog the other day, “Is Safety an Idol?” How timely for us. Seth writes, ”No, it’s not safe. Jesus is not safe. Neither does he want those of us who follow him to be safe. He said, ‘the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.’” (Matthew 11:12) There have always been enemies of Peace and Love forcing their own agendas and if we are committed to advancing God’s kingdom, it is inevitable that we are going to meet this opposition at some point, if not at many points. Seth also notes that Jesus…

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Swaziland, Here We Come!

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It’s Go Time! I’m typing from ATL, flying standby and praying that we get on this flight. (It wouldn’t be the end of the world if we had to wait till the next one tomorrow, but it would be easier.) We had a great two weeks of training here in Georgia, then visited visit my sister Sheryl and her husband for the last few days. We greatly appreciated the peaceful break before this 15 hour flight to regroup and rest. We have no idea what the next few weeks will look like, but we are trusting that God will work out the details. It’s certainly hard for two detail-oriented folks like us to plan but know that ultimately, we’re not in control. I guess that’s really all of life though, yeah? You can plan the best you can, but only God really knows what’s coming up. I’m so grateful that He’s Good and can see further ahead than me. We’ll update you all when we can, but until then, grace and peace, Brandon, Melinda, Zach and Mom Hom (grandma)  

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel!

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We are so pleased to report that we are 89% fundraised for our monthly expenses and 100% for our startup funds! That means that if 20 friends supported us $25/month or only five at $100/month, we will be at 100% across the board! Would you consider helping us reach our goal with a monthly pledge? (or find out more about what we will be doing in Swaziland on our support page) God has been so faithful through this process, so we have no doubt we will meet our goal by the end of the month, even though it is less than two weeks away. Today and tomorrow, our home church, Capital, will be introducing us at all services to help us finish this fundraising strong. If we do meet our goal by September 30, we will be heading to Georgia for training the last two weeks of October, and will be on the ground in Swaziland the first week of November. Crazy! Thank you friends and family, for your support, encouragement and prayers. We would ask for your continued prayer for these next two weeks as we not only wrap up our fundraising, but also tackle logistics. Next week, Brandon and both our moms will be taking a road trip to Ohio to load some of our personal things on the shipping container which also brings much of the food for the Carepoints. I will be staying home with Zach to make travel easier for the others. Speaking of the little guy-…

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