We started deputation last March, with plenty of stops and starts along the way. Numerous pre-natal visits made that a must! We've done what we call "tours" of deputation, "lines of travel," and several blocks where we go out for weeks at a time, but no matter what it is called, it's been necessary. We've met countless people, added some on facebook, laughed over the statement, "You know so and so too!" and have tremendously enjoyed our deputation.
It is what we make of it. We complain of the travel and guess what ~ the travel is going to be looong! Paul's being cranky? Mommy and Daddy will be too! We're going out to eat again?!?!? Suddenly everything tastes like cardboard. I've learned that my attitude really paves the way for my family. Those days when my attitude stinks, I might as well just go back to bed and pull the covers over my head because it's going to be "one of those days." Thankfully, those stinky days have been few and far between. Our hearts long to be in Thailand, but we know that deputation is where the Lord currently has us... and for a good reason too! A seasoned missionary told us that we're not raising financial support; not really! Our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He abundantly provides. The main reason we spent every week in a new church is to raise prayer support. Without that, we don't want to go overseas. Really, we don't. It would be so foolish to even set foot on an airplane. Might as well stay here and be cozy.
But with that said, we are raising financial support. It seems like I'm contradicting myself, doesn't it? God does have all the resources in the world, but He has chosen to use people to distribute those resources. Many times we've been in a church and on the way out the door, a precious sister in Christ comes along and squeezes money into my husband's hand. We've been humbled time and time again at the generosity of God's people towards us, kind of like the widow and her mite.
My husband texted me this morning and said a church in Connecticut voted to take us on for support, bringing our total support up to 63%! Now we were at this church a little less than three weeks after Paul was born. To be honest, that was one of the "rougher" trips we made since I was still recovering from a c-section. But the Lord gave a lot of grace and we greatly enjoyed being a part of their missions conference.
We have a meeting this Sunday evening in Maryland and then head down to the Carolinas for three weeks before returning home. We debated about "filling our schedule up" at the end of February, but then realized if we did that, we would miss our own church's conference. We didn't want to do that, so we're looking forward to being at LVBC for the conference before heading on another two month trip to the Midwest and Upper Midwest. :-)
God is so good!