"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Direction...Pathway to Obedience

Well today marks our 12 year wedding anniversary- we are so thankful for our marriage and our family. We wanted to share a letter to all of our family and friends on a blind spot that was so evident in our lives early in our marriage and with our walk with Christ. We want to share this because this has completely changed how we want to live the rest of our lives- no longer following "our paths" but God's direction. We pray that God will continue to lead us and that  our hearts will always be willing to follow...

Dear Family and Friends!
We want to thank you all for your prayers, love, and support as we prepare for the mission field in Cajamarca, Peru. This journey began for our family back in February of 2010 when Sean went to Cajamarca, Peru on a two week mission trip instead of his usual ski trip to Colorado. When he came back he was not the same. God had radically changed his heart. 
We began to recognize a blind spot in our lives- an area of disobedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. Like many of us, we were living the American Dream. A life that had became more about having everything bigger and trying to succeed in acquiring more “STUFF”. When it was convenient or if life threw us a curveball, we would pull God out of a “box” and ask Him to help us. All the “stuff” got in the way of seeing the truth. Looking back- we found ourselves living for this world and not for God. We had many excuses like...God, I’ll do it later when this gets done, or when I am in college, or after that promotion or the kids get done with school. We had to ask ourselves one question- did we really LOVE God? God had finally brought us to a place of confession before Him and before our family. 
In the fall of 2010, Sean began attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to gain a deeper understanding of biblical truths. We had been praying and seeking the Lord’s will for our lives and God continues to lay a huge burden on our hearts for the lost.  We think many times about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). He was begging for one more chance to tell his brothers about the place of torment...and begging Abraham for ONE MORE CHANCE to repent.  
God started to reveal to us what His plan was for our lives. After a trip to Cuba and two more trips to Peru we felt God calling us to missions, specifically to where it all started, Cajamarca, Peru. We are so thankful that God continues to answer prayers and open many doors for discipleship and evangelism for our family as we prepare to serve our Peruvian brothers in sisters in sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  
Please pray that God will continue to direct our paths and give us the strength and courage to enter this land. God willing, we will be leaving in January 2012 and our goal is to stay in Villa Milagro for 11 months and then return to the states to continue to raise support for the ministry. Pray that God will use our lives in a manner that will bring glory to Him and that our family will be faithful and obedient to God’s calling on our lives. To God be the Glory Forever and Ever, Amen.
“Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

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