Well, our journey is now officially beginning! It's good timing, too, because it's been right at about a year since the Lord started making it clear to each of us individually that He's ready for us to move forward, so a lot has happened in a year that has prepared us to be able to step onto the yellow brick road now. So for those of you who don't know, instead of heading to the Emerald City, we're heading to Brasov, Romania. And instead of going there to find our way back home, we're planning to make that city our new home as we serve as full-time career missionaries for church planting and university ministry for a minimum of four years. And instead of facing flying monkeys and a witch, we're sure to face spiritual battles and language learning and sad goodbyes. And there won't be any ruby red slippers because there's no fat chance that with two children I'll be donning my too tall Jessica Simpson red stilettos anytime soon.
Ok, so maybe the whole Wizard of Oz reference breaks down in a number of ways...
But we do hope to skip along happily with friends who want to join us along the way in helping us get to Romania. And we do rest in assurance that, like Glenda the Good Witch, we have someone sovereignly watching over us every step of the way. And we pray that the Lord will use us to minister to others in a way that helps them find their heart as Jesus softens it, their courage as they trust in Him, and their brain as they recognize that Jesus is the truth.
There. Redeemed the analogy. Maybe.
But really, that's exactly why we feel called to go to another country. Because Jesus changed our hearts, helped us understand the truth of his resurrection intellectually, and has given us courage that can only come from Him. And we really want others to experience the same thing.
Because, at the end of the day, we know that there's truly no place like home, as long as that home is with Jesus.