We have heard that only 1 in 3 boxes shipped to Nicaragua arrive safely (or even at all!). But, we’re taking a gamble and shipping about 250lbs worth of stuff ahead of us. I can only laugh at the assortment of items on the inventory, which include the following:
- 6 softball bats
- 6 batting helmets
- 16 children’s costumes
- 1 princess crown
- 1 set of princess wings
- 1 container of Old Bay seasoning
- 2 Spanish-English Bibles
- 14 hand tools
Ha! The box was picked up today and wow does that really make it start to feel official! If it actually makes it there (they estimated about 4-6 weeks for delivery), it’ll feel like Christmas opening it all back up!
As you might have guessed, our time left here in the US is short. It is at this point in any move that you start to freak out a bit, and wonder how it will all get done.
But then if you sit back and look at all of the amazing feats that were accomplished to get this far, you realize it’ll all work out as it should. Here, let me give you a very brief glimpse of what I mean.
Nine months ago, we had a child who was hospitalized, and the thought of leaving the country — even temporarily — seemed nothing short of impossible.
Seven months ago, a scary medical diagnosis loomed over us, and all sense of normalcy had long since vanished. We told each other: only a miracle will take us to Nicaragua now.
Five months ago, the dark clouds started to part, but we were afraid to say anything out loud in case that might jinx it all…
Four months ago, we got our miracle.
But once we were medically fit to travel, there were still a million other things to figure out, including a few little details like:
- What would we do with our house in the US?
- Where would we live in Nicaragua?
- How would we support ourselves?
Fast forward a bit and we now find ourselves poised to depart in just three weeks, with plenty more answers to prayer:
- Back in March, we thought we had the perfect renter for our house in MD, but then that fell through. Oh but wait – an even more perfect renter appeared shortly after! But then that fell through too. We were really discouraged. How could there be any renter more perfect than the two we lost? And then we got a phone call from South Carolina that changed everything… a family with a one-year appointment to the local military base was interested in renting our home. Oh, and could we leave all our furniture so they didn’t have to move theirs? Umm… are you kidding?!
- Around that same time, we got an email from a missionary in Nicaragua who was going on furlough for a year, beginning in July. Would we be interested in subletting their house while they were in the US? They would leave all their furniture for us, and even a car to use until we got our own. Umm… are you kidding?!
- Our dream has always been to support ourselves while abroad (following in the Apostle Paul as a “tentmaker”). We both have jobs that easily lend themselves to being virtual, but would Wyeth’s current employer let him stay on as a full-time employee (with benefits) from Nicaragua? The company has 23,000 employees, not a single one of which lives outside the US. It took seven weeks for them to respond to Wyeth’s request… all the while we were waiting and doubting and questioning. And then they said yes. His VP even offered to help us pack. Umm… are you kidding?!
Each time I think about just how much has been worked out for us, I am overcome with emotion. Could all of this just be coincidence? Umm… are you kidding? Seriously, so many details have been worked out that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind as to Who orchestrated these events. And when I really consider that He chose us to go on this great adventure, I am blown away.
I only pray we honor His name as we walk this path.
There are still a few last-minute items to be checked off our lists. I *know* it’ll happen at the right time, but I am sharing these needs in case you are part of His plan for making that happen
- First and foremost, we have been raising funds to purchase a large vehicle to help us transport folks in Nicaragua. We have found a vehicle that fits our needs quite well, but we are about $4,000 short of the $15,000 price tag. Tax-deductible donations can be made immediately when you donate online, or you can mail a check (with Nicaragua Vehicle Fund in the memo line) to 420 Chop Point Road, Woolwich, Maine 04579. Would you prayerfully consider contributing to this fund?
- Second, the other family traveling with us has two cars to sell before we leave the US: a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. If you are in need of a new-to-you vehicle (and would love to help out a missionary family in the process), please check out those listings.
- Finally, would you pray for the physical and emotional healthy and safety of each of the families involved in this big swap? We are praying for a smooth transition for the nine of us moving to Nicaragua, as well as for the Henzler family traveling back to the US for a year, and the military family taking our place in Maryland. Moving is stressful on any family, so I know each of these four families will really appreciate prayers during this time.