I've been chattin' it up about Heath so much I figured I better give an update about where we are on our journey to Ukraine. I haven't written much about our move in this space recently just because there is so much still up in the air. I'm coming to realize that is pretty much our new reality though, so I better document it anyway.
This past weekend we had a massive garage sale. It was great! We sold a ton of stuff. Remember we'd already had one garage sale earlier in the summer, and now we had another massive one. I look around my house and I still feel like we have too much stuff. Seriously!! Anyway, we made great headway in whittling away at all our things. Like now the girls are sharing a dresser and Jed and I are sharing a dresser, so we sold the other 2 dressers. We sold non"essential" kitchen items, more books, book shelves, paired down our stuffed animal collection a bit, tools...it felt good.
The next step is to get out of our house so we can put our mortgage payment toward paying off student loans. Good riddance Sallie Mae!! We'd love to sell our house, but we're upside down in our loan, so we have to rent it out. We're planning on moving out of our house in October and then getting it rental-ready. We've had a very generous offer from a friend concerning our living situation that I can share when it's all finalized. Let's just say, God is doing just what He said He'd do! As we take steps forward He opens up the path before us. It's been nothing short of miraculous.
Right now the main focus is our living situation. Once we get out of our house, get it rented and start putting money away we'll shift our focus to how God wants to finance this dream. There's talk of mission support raising, non-profit starting, grant writing, business plan making...all stuff that is much more Jed's area of expertise!
We've contacted a few different organizations in Ukraine that do work similar to what God has put in our hearts to do and asked about partnering. These are mostly people and organizations we visited while in Ukraine. We aren't sure exactly how it will all look, but we just step forward in obedience and I'm confident God will work it out.
To people who don't know the Lord this all sounds CRAZY. Believe me, sometimes it feels crazy to be living it! But, in the midst of the craziness we have peace. We have peace that we are exactly where God wants us in this moment. We have peace that He is paving the way and making paths straight.
So that's a brief update about where we're at. Thank you for your prayers and support!!