Last time we wrote about our
"mission," I had started a new
business, and Gabby was starting a new job at Dell. She
and I were scheduled to go to Guatemala in February to work with the
Presbyteries Partnership. There, along with about 10
others, we were going to be 1) distributing 1200 pair of reading
glasses to women who can't see well enough to sew (and therefore,
can't make a living), and 2) installing a couple of computer labs.
Unfortunately, God had other plans.
Three days before we were scheduled to leave, Gabby's mom, Gayle
Kubo, passed away due to complications during heart surgery.
It was a shock to all of us. While we're all very sad, we feel
fortunate that we got to be so close to such a wonderful person for
so many years. If you want to learn more about her, check out
Gab's mom was very excited about our February trip as well as our
future plans. She supported us in every way possible.
The trip to Guatemala was actually going to be a "preview"
trip of sorts for us. We had been considering a long term
mission for quite some time, and had applied to become part of the Presbyterian
Church's Young Adult Volunteers Program (luckily, they've
expanded the age range to 19-35, so Gab and I can squeak by!).
Through this program, Gabby and I would have an opportunity to serve
in a foreign country for 12 months.
After lots of prayers, well-wishes,
and encouragement (from here on earth and elsewhere), we have
decided to pursue the 12-month opportunity. On April 24-27,
Gabby and I will be travelling to Louisville, KY for a Placement
Event. There, we will meet with the directors of service
projects around the globe and interview with them to determine the
best fit for us. Right now, we're leaning toward Guatemala
but anything could happen between now and then! (We've been
taking a conversational Spanish class to prepare). After that
weekend, we will know where we'll be going. It's an exciting
time for us!
There are a ton of unknowns for us
now. Where will we be going? What will it be like?
Exactly what type of work will we be doing? How do we survive
when we finally get back to the US in 2004? Crazy stuff...
but... we have faith that it will all work out. We're selling
our house and our cars and putting our things in storage. Once
the house is sold, we're moving in with friends until we depart
(thanks Matt Badgett for being one heck of a pal!)
Eventually, we'll be leaving our
jobs and going to do the Good Lord's work (whatever that may be ;-)
) In the meantime, we appreciate all of your prayers, support,
and encouragement. We feel blessed to have such wonderful
family and friends, and we look forward to sharing this experience
with you through stories, letters, conversations and pictures.