The best Christmas present a parent can get

As our family studied the  building of the tabernacle the mind blowing reality that God came to live among the people was overwhelming to me. Those complaining, idolatrous, disobedient Israelites got to live with the presence of God. Let’s face it the Israelites get a bad rap, but so would we if all our junk was out there for everybody to read about instead of the pristine picture of our lives that we often paint on facebook. The truth is we are just like the Israelites. We so easily get tangled up in our sin, self and idolatry. “Thousands of years before Jesus, God purposed that there would be a tabernacle in order that there would be One who would fulfill the meaning of that tabernacle, who would be the true Tabernacle for us.” (That you may believe: New Life in the Son. Joseph R. Ryan)

“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

The fact that God not only forgives my sin, wipes me clean, but loves me and dwells with me is absolutely incredible. This is the truth that my heart has stored up this Christmas season and I hope it will be an encouragement to you.

This truth has also come to life in our home in another incredible way. Just last week Noah, our 6 year old, accepted Christ! The Lord really began to open Noah’s eyes to what it means to be a disciple of Christ this summer in Uganda. Brian was reading through the book of Job and Noah would often come in and listen. They had so many conversations about what it means to honor God even when things don’t go well. Noah saw many people accept Christ this summer and for the most part sat on the sideline. But during our family debriefing each night we realized that he had been observing so many things. As we sat at Acacia Church each week he would draw during the sermon, but would often comment on the teaching or ask questions. When a baptism was announced, he wanted in! After talking with Brian, we knew he was close but he still was very confused about some things. We explained the purpose of Baptism and told him that he was not quite ready to be baptized. But boy did he want to. IMG_9269

Here in this picture, Pastor Terry is asking if there is anyone else who wanted to be baptized. His sweet little hand is slightly raised, HOPING that Pastor Terry’s eyes will meet his. His heart to obey was so precious! Just the other night as Brian was going over the Christmas story with the kids, the conversation about this baptism came up again.  Brian again explained the gospel and that Baptism does not save you but it is an act of obedience after you are saved. A lightbulb went off. Now it makes sense! Jesus came to dwell with my son this Christmas Season! The best Christmas present a parent could get!

As we look back we can see the presence of God with us each step of the way. We can see His hand guiding us, providing for us and clarifying for us His desires for our family. We are so excited to let people know that we are 25% of the way towards our monthly support goal. Our monthly support is our first priority. Once we have 50% of our monthly support raised we will begin selling our things and hopefully our home. The selling of our “stuff” will help with our start up costs. Our start up costs will be our last push.

I remember talking with other missionaries as they prepared to go and in my head thinking that they didn’t need the support until they were on the field. Boy was I wrong. Brian and I realized that we are missionaries now. That meeting with people, traveling to speak at churches, communication and paperwork is missionary work. That was exciting to us. It’s exciting to us to watch God’s plan unfold and to watch Him build the team. Would you prayerfully consider starting your monthly gift now? We are trusting God to provide 10% more toward our goal by the end of the year. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us and may you sense the presence of God this Christmas!

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