“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
The Lord has brought our family through very unique circumstances and living situations in the past decade. I would be outright lying to say that it has all been easy sunshine and roses. We have had our fair share of trials. We have struggled in ways that the average middle-class American has not had to deal with. We’ve struggled through difficult living situations, problems with family members and so-called friends, outright poverty, and more. However, I wouldn’t have changed a bit of it given the choice.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Each trial, each challenge, journey, and chapter in our lives has brought us to where we are today. And, most importantly, they have brought us to who we are in Christ.
Divine circumstances beyond our control had led us to living on our 29′ sailing vessel in Hawaii. I had a strange contentment about this sudden and drastic change in our lives. From the outside looking in, no one was able to understand. God had led us through enough in our married life together for me to have an assuring certainty of God’s sovereign will over our lives.
As it turned out, He used that time in our lives to yet again draw closer to Him. Furthermore, He used that time to help us to grow closer together as a family and to minister to those in need around us (both physically and spiritually). We were able to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and show the love of Christ through prayer, Bible studies, and fellowship. God used that time in our lives as a way to teach us how to become more powerful disciples for His glory. It seemed that when we didn’t know how we would take care of our own family, the inexplicable answer was to feed His sheep first. The more we poured out to others, the more poured into that tiny vessel.
Which brings me to my main point: our plans for the future. My husband and I firmly believe that we were brought through that unique time in our lives to prepare us for what is to come. The idea came to him quite some time ago and has slowly been forming into solid plans as God opens doors and introduces us to friends who love the Lord and even more unique possibilities.
The concept is simple:
God has given us a passion for the sea. And our passion is His passion.
- There are many persecuted Christians throughout the world who could benefit from a sailing vessel that could transport them to safety.
- There are many countries who could benefit from transportation of goods across waters to provide relief from natural disasters.
- There are various places where Bibles are illegal, but docking a boat would not require a customs search.
This is where Mission Fleet comes in. Our goal is to sell all we have and move on a missionary vessel within the next six months or so and join a small fleet of 1-2 other sail boats in a cause for Christ. Our family desires to live for God and to follow the words of Jesus:
“…go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Until then, we will be doing all we can to help those in need where we are.
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I cant wait to see what God brings about in the next chapter!