I follow a lot of well-known women bloggers on Instagram. A lot of them are embracing this summer season as a time to abide, to rest, to spend quality time with their loved ones. For some reason, all my summer plans for the past couple years completely belly flopped. Two summers ago I sprained my ankle and spent the rest of it healing, trying and trying and trying to find a job (any job!), and enjoying an emptied bank account, because like smart people, we decided to buy a house and go through a job transition for Adam at the same time. I wouldn’t recommend that. Then there was last summer. Last summer I had as many grand plans as I had the summer before. But this thing called the first trimester of pregnancy happened, so I pretty much did nothing.
This summer is no different. It’s not going to be a period of rest for Adam and me. I’m okay with that, seeing as I had 9 weeks off for maternity leave back in February and March. But it may mean we have to miss out of some possibilities of rest.
We had a good long talk yesterday and made some changes. Changes to our financial decisions (fun, right?), changes in our materialistic views (lifestyle included), goals for our positions in ministry.
Both of us are in a unique situation, as we’re in separate ministries with support-based positions (for those of you wondering, “why support-based positions?” I’m going to cover that in a blog post next week). Not a lot of couples do that to themselves.
We’re also in a tough situation, because we don’t have visa deadlines, we don’t have language school, we’re not leaving the country. It’s harder for us – and the people who care about us – to feel a sense of urgency to get 100% funded when we’re not going anywhere right now.
For the missionaries I’ll serve and support, including those in the communications department, there is urgency – to relieve a burden for some, to share stories for others. And I don’t want to be complacent because I’m afraid to approach people, therefore prolonging the start date of when I can help.
Some people may not see why social media is a necessity for a missions organization. Sometimes I agree, really I do. But in this day and age, you have to have an online presence, and that online presence does make an impact. For one, that’s how most millennials and the generations to come will find their information.
Adam and I have made the decision, while he isn’t in school for the summer, to plow ahead and really dive into raising support, in prayer and finances. To spend a lot more time on it. It means a few sacrifices now so we can dive into impactful relationships and impactful change later.
So if you get a moment, would you pray for us? That God will open doors, that we can persevere, and that we still find margin to strengthen our marriage?