Good day folks! I have some great news to share this afternoon. It’s been a long road over the past several months, but we are finally in the home stretch toward actually making the move to our calling in the Dominican Republic (which is really just the beginning)! I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for sticking with us through the hurdles we’ve encountered in just getting to the point we’re at today.
Several things have fallen into place over the past two weeks, and we find ourselves in the final throes of organizing and scheduling the move. Since my last newsletter, we crossed an important threshold with our support balance and Kristi has been offered a more advantageous position teaching at Santiago Christian School (which will afford our children the opportunity to attend an accredited, English-taught school). While we still need to add a bit more support to cover ongoing support beyond the first year, we are firmly in a place to proceed with the move. We have signed the paperwork and had pictures taken to list our house for sale, and are busily wrapping up final packing and donating of our possessions to lighten the load – and setting flight dates to head out. We are looking at making the transition in mid-June. We’re praying the house has sold or is at least under contract by then, but the plan is to proceed in either event. We will be able to temporarily manage the mortgage if that isn’t the case, but we’re confident that Provision will be made.
We’re extremely excited to finally be able to proceed with transitioning to the Dominican Republic and serving. We can’t wait to jump in and be able to work with the Dominican people, helping to provide for their physical – and more importantly spiritual – needs. Despite the delay in making the move, our calling has remained strong and we are more eager than ever to be of service. Of course, there is all the timidity that goes along with moving your family to a new country, culture and language…but we’re hopeful and confident that we can be of greater use once we settle in.
Let me encourage you all to keep tabs on the Fishers4Him website during the days to come; our blogging and storytelling should increase exponentially once we have our boots on the ground in-country and have more hands on involvement with the ministries.
Again, I can’t thank you enough for the blessings you have provided through your generosity in supporting us, and ultimately the people of the Dominican Republic. I pray that you are blessed as well through your giving.
As we head into these last few weeks before the move, please continue to be in prayer for our transition and adjustment to a new environment…as well as for the practical matters involved, such as selling the house, scheduling issues and the like. The past several months have been a gridiron of training for “rolling with the punches,” but I’m certain there will still be many, many challenges ahead.
We’d love for any of you to drop us an email or comment on the website if you have any questions. You can use the comment section (at the bottom of any blog post) or “Contact Us” form on the site. We want to have a close, two-way relationship with each of you as we partner in this mission. Thank you again, and we look forward to hearing from you!