May/June Jamaica Update
Our Father is a gracious Father. In last month’s update, we referenced our needs and deficiencies as parents to our children and contrasted that to our Father’s parenting of us. In Isaiah 40, the prophet extols the greatness of our God, detailing His greatness in His power and in His grace. The explanation of His power is awe-inspiring and majestic as revealed in creation and in our world, measuring the waters in the hollow of His hand. And then, that same power is detailed in His grace that gives strength to the weak and endurance to the faint. What an amazing picture of our Father in whom we can trust in His power and take comfort in His grace!
Also in last months update, we referenced our prayers for God’s direction regarding a possible move this summer. Our God in His grace has answered our prayers. The Lord has opened a door of ministry for us in the states and we sense the timing of our ministry in Jamaica is coming to a close. We rejoice in His grace as our Lord has directed us into this new opportunity, but our hearts ache as we think of moving on from the work in Jamaica. Our hearts remain uniquely burdened for the deaf community in Jamaica. We value the friendships and relationships that we have with our deaf friends and ministry partners. This is the reason for our heartbreak, we are certainly leaving a part of ourselves in Jamaica and we pray for the work to go on for the Glory of His name. But, at the same time, our hearts have felt the call to serve on behalf of our sending churches’ outreach programs. Almost two years ago, we began actively praying about and pursuing the opportunity to serve on behalf of our sending organization in the states. The timing was not right, but the burdened has remained. This spring, we again sensed that we were reaching this crossroads and needed to make a transition into a different housing situation. In processing this potential move, we decided it was time to again investigate the needs of our sending organization and inquire as to the opportunities available to serve. This time, the timing was right as one step led to the next and door after door continued to open. It is with humbled and grateful hearts that we consider moving on to this new opportunity. Our time in Jamaica has been profoundly blessed and we are very thankful for your friendship and support.
We are not exactly sure of the logistics of our transition. Our plan is to remain in Jamaica through our summer teams and then transition before the coming school year. We are looking at around the third week of July. Our destination in the states is also yet to be determined. We anticipate the details of the transition will come clear as we continue on this journey. We praise the Lord for His continued faithfulness. Thank you so much for the prayers offered on our behalf, we are humbled.
We know that we have a big transition ahead of us. In the world of missions, the transition is called Re-Entry and is known to be filled with unforeseen challenges. Therefore, we again are praying for wisdom in how to do re-entry well. The transition is certain to take a considerable amount of time and we anticipate investing time and resources into various aspects of our transition. In this, we may also be depending on your grace for continued support. We anticipate keeping you up to date at least until our transition begins and then further as we connect through life. Please reply or contact us if you have further questions or advice regarding our upcoming transition.
Thank you again for all of your loving support through the entirety of our Jamaican journey. May you be Blessed by the Grace of our Loving Lord!