One of the funny questions we sometimes get asked is, “Are you taking the kids along?” We can’t even begin to imagine leaving our kids behind indefinitely, let alone for the two year minimum commitment.
So yes, we are taking all of our children along with us.
But they are not only coming… they are going.
Each of our children knows that God has a purpose for them on this adventure. They are not just being dragged along as the children of missionaries. They are missionaries.
We’ve especially been struck by the unique wiring of our oldest two children. They come from the Foster Care system and are well acquainted with moves, saying “goodbye,” and separation from loved ones. Just like Missionary Kids (MKs). We embrace their unique design and experience as it draws them alongside the many unique traits of MKs. We fully believe that God hand-picked them for our family in order to complete our “team” as we head to Black Forest Academy. The doors for service abroad flew open once their adoptions into our family were finalized. None of this is coincidence.
Liz was recently given the opportunity to share with her 6th grade Sunday School class about our journey to Black Forest Academy. What an honor and a privilege! She stood in front of her friends and peers and communicated the beauty and importance of ministries like Black Forest Academy and TeachBeyond. She answered their questions and shared her heart for this family calling. What a blessing that her Sunday School teacher called upon her to share! That we get to be a part of a church and community that value our children as people in progress as well!
May God continue to call out each of my children, affirming over and over in their hearts that they are purposed, called, and sent as individuals with special gifts, talents, and vessels of His goodness. That we six are the missionaries that God has chosen for such a time and place as this.