On Christmas night we were at my Grandma’s house and she had given all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren each an envelope with some money in it. We were all enjoying the chaos of gift opening with about 20 people crammed into a small-ish room and our son Ezra makes his way over to me and holds out his hand with his Christmas money in it. I bend down so I can hear him over the noise of the festivities and he whispers in my ear, “Mom can I give this to our Panama account?”. Surprised, I clarified to see if he meant he wanted to donate it to our ministry account and he said Yes! This was such an encouragement to me and I was so blessed by Ezra’s desire to see our family get to the mission field.
Then, last night our family gathered around the dining room table to have some time to reflect on the past year and to set some goals for the new year. Stealing an idea from a friend, we all wrote down our age, height, weight (yeah I know), what we are thankful for and a few goals for this coming year. We went around and shared. I shared that one of my goals was to move to Costa Rica for language school so we could get to Panama. Then we prayed together before putting our papers in envelopes and sealing them so that we can open them next year see how things have changed. As we prayed, we prayed that God would supply all that we need to get to the mission field. Our boys also prayed that we would be able to go soon. After we were finished our son Ethan came out of his bedroom holding his Christmas money in his hand and said, “Here. This is as much as I could give.” Then, Ezra opened his wallet and gave us the rest of his Christmas money too. I was blown away and so blessed by this. For those of you who know our boys, this is big! They are always scheming up ways to earn money, so for them to offer this up unsolicited is a big deal. We have been praying that God would unite our family and make us a team and this was such a blessing to see our boys giving up their Christmas money to help this happen.
We have been so humbled and blessed by those of you who have been lifting our family up in prayer and who have given financially to help us as we raise funds to be able to go and minister in Panama! This journey of raising support has been such a stretching experience so far and we have seen God work through so many of you! We still have a ways to go, but the encouragement we have received has kept us moving towards the mission we believe God has for our family. Praise the Lord for his encouragement and unexpected blessings! God bless you all this New Year in 2013, and we pray that you will be encouraged as you seek to obey all that God is calling you to do! – Bianca :0)