The Final days of February

are filled with anticipation. March is almost here and our departure time is just around the corner. I’ve deactivated my Facebook for the time being, I need to focus on the task at hand, no distractions. I’ve been pouring over my Bible, trying to draw from it every ounce of strength and guidance that I can. I came across a verse over the weekend at a women’s conference and I’ve been holding onto it.

It’s in Acts-  Chapter 9 verse 6, when Saul is being transformed into Paul. Jesus says to him,
“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 

That’s how I feel about this trip. I feel like we needed to just get up and go, and I am p.r.a.y.i.n.g. God tells us what to do when we get there. If I may ask my friends who are reading this to lift Matthew and I up in prayer. I pray we have ears to hear, eyes to see, and renewed minds to understand God’s beautiful will. Pray for our hearts as it will ache us to leave our son behind for these 9 days (though he will be in the loving care of his grandparents). Help us to trust that God will keep him safe and comforted while we are away as this will be his first time without both of us for more than a weekend. And lastly, I ask for prayer through our preparations. That we remember to not only pack our bags, but prepare our hearts and minds for this journey. I pray we are in the Word and praising and trusting God so much leading up to this trip that the week we are gone is just an overflow of all the love we will have stored up, just an outpouring of God’s love on the Japanese people. Help us to spiritually fill up for this trip so we can spill over into them. Thank you for your prayers dear friends. I’ll post with some more requests and praises soon. We’re praying for you all too and thanking God for you faithful hearts!   -K

It’s Official!

I think I’m still in shock. There’s no way we just raised every single penny needed for this trip. Even the pennies I didn’t think to account for, like traveler’s insurance and little costs that crept up here and there.

I have to admit I’ve had some doubt about the trip. Who are we to think we can afford to do this now? We’ve been waiting more than 3 and a half years, trying to find ways to be in Japan, and here we are, pinching our pennies as it is.

Was it arrogant to think we could pull this off? But waiting for the perfect conditions wasn’t working. Waiting for an easy way to just fall into our laps wasn’t working either.

This had to be a leap of faith. A big giant, cross country, cross pacific leap. And I was reminded this as my son played with my necklace from a sweet friend of mine, that in my necklace was a tiny little mustard seed. And as I ruffled his hair and told him not to eat it, I shared with him, more to my encouragement than his, that that was all the faith we needed to move mountains.

So even though our leap will be big, my faith wasn’t much bigger than that mustard seed. But the overwhelming support we have received and just being in a position to watch God provide for us through our community has made my little  mustard seed of faith swell.

I still have to keep my eagerness to plan every single detail at bay, so as not to plan God right out of this trip. But knowing that we can go, that we really can spend a week in prayer in this beautiful country with these beautiful people has reassured me that God will use this trip. It is in His hands and I know it’s what we’re supposed to do and where we’re supposed to go!

Thank you all so much for every ounce of support. Every prayer, every monetary donation, every hug and word of encouragement. We cannot wait to finally be there and love you all for helping make it possible. Honestly my heart is so full!

I’ll continue posting prayer requests and hope you’ll join us in lifting up every aspect of our trip. Today it’s all about praising God and thanking Him for His provision and His faithful children listening to the tug on their hearts to help support us in bringing God’s love to the people of Japan. Thank you so much!    -K