A few weeks ago Andy & I had a very surprising call. Our regional director over Eurasia called Andy asking that we'd interview for the job of Area Directors of Russia. We had no clue about the change in Russia and were in total shock. We didn't want to leave Moldova, but our ways are not God's so we agreed to interview. If God was asking this of us, we wouldn't close ourselves out before we started.
But we didn't go hopping and skipping--thinking "dream job we'd been waiting for" lay ahead. We went obediently and scared to death. We finished the interview knowing the position was ours to accept, but we needed to pray.
Our flight home was rerouted and delayed so on our last leg, very late into the night, Andy & I were separated on the plane. The sermon Andy has preached all year came to me: "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper and not to harm you....Sometimes God's idea of prosperity is not our idea of prosperity. In fact, it can be very uncomfortable sometimes....His idea may be taking us to places we don't want to go." And I knew then that we'd be going to Russia. I knew that God had given Andy a sermon that he had preached all year, and the greatest response to this sermon was to be in our own lives.
We took a week to pray, but felt God say that this is the next chapter of our lives and so accepted.
The shock didn't wear off quickly. We mourned the thought of leaving Moldova. This hit while packing to return to Moldova. Packing is tough emotionally for me, but I knew this was the last time I would pack for Moldova! Many days I packed and prayed.
Andy and I left Moldova last year feeling this was our last term in Moldova. We had no idea what that meant or where God would lead. We just know that when we are in ministry, and God is leading us, he changes things and we need to be ready to hear His voice.
This past February I wrote in my prayer journal asking God to open new doors and make it clear to us in His time. I didn't expect that answer would be in less than 6 months. I really thought I'd be praying that prayer for 4 or 5 years, and I had no clue what I envisioned in the prayer. I just knew I wanted the next move to be totally God. As we prayed about accepting the role of Area Director and the move to Russia, I realized this is what I'd prayed for beginning in February.
What this means for us for now:
What this means for us for now:
We return to Moldova this week. We are so excited to get home, see friends, hug the girls and staff at Freedom Home. We miss everyone so much. The new position starts officially December 1, but for now we are closing out responsibilities in Moldova. I will work out of Freedom Home more slowly.
We'll stay in Moldova for the next year and travel from there. Then we'll move somewhere in Russia at the end of next summer/early fall.
I will continue to travel to Moldova 2 times a year to visit and advise at Freedom Home. Freedom Home is doing really well. We rejoice in the wonderful Moldovan leadership there.
Those are the few things I know, but there is a lot of uncertainty out there--where we will live, how everything will work, the Russian language. Oh yeah, this means I have to start studying Russian.
About our own daughters---they cried at first. This has been their stable place. They all have come to terms with it for the most part, and I know God will continue to work in their lives in this situation. They are ready for this next family adventure.
We are ready to follow Jesus in this big life change.