Rebeca and I got married on July 28, 2007. That was the first of our transitions together. We moved from two people who were separate in every way to the "two become one" relationship that began an entire lifetime of transitions. We've served together in Tennessee, California, Iowa, Texas, and now Romania. We came here on our own money, and have lived here on our own money for the past year, in preparation for our position with Youth For Christ Military. Of course, we've had the support of family and friends along the way, but we had another transition we weren't expecting.
We moved over to Romania ahead of our launch, knowing that a substantial amount of the funds being raised would go to airfare, moving of any possessions, and getting a vehicle. So we did that on our own finances, to make the funds many of you selflessly gave go further and get us quickly to a military base when we were fully funded. While we pursued partners, we served at our home church here (Biserica Baptistă Harul Slatina), fell in love with these kids and their families, and prayerfully sought counsel/wisdom about what God was doing. After 9+ months of this (and putting out a fleece or two in the process), God made a way for us to serve with Youth For Christ International in Romania!
So we're coming to America to fundraise and visit those whom God has led/will lead to be a part of what the Lord is doing. We hope you readers will be a part of that.
Here are the specifics:
That's the framework. We want to talk with you about coming to your state, church, small group, family, and home to see you and tell you about the great work God is doing in Slatina Romania and ask you to consider partnering with us in this venture. We know you may have some questions about this transition, especially those who have already been supporting us, and we will answer any questions you've got. But this is where it gets hard...
All Good News Comes With Bad News...
We wouldn't have said three years ago that we were going to move to Romania. But we've lived here for over a year.
We wouldn't have said a year ago that we'd move from YFC Military to YFC Romania. But we're so grateful for that!
We now know people on numerous continents, many countries, and a whole slew of states and locations. As we're planning a trip back to the United States to fundraise and visit partners, friends, and families, the size of our 'world' is both great and sad. There are people sprinkled throughout America and Europe who have invited us 'over' and we can't just go see them today because, well, God doesn't immediately answer our prayers to be independently wealthy and swimming in cash, does He? We know there are people we want to see while we're in the States, but likely won't be able to because of finances. This trip is about seeing whoever we can (from our own finances) and whoever we must (from our YFC funds), while meeting new partners in this mission in the process.
Our ministry to Romanian families in Slatina and surrounding villages is something we've done at personal cost, putting our own money where our mouth is, and are seeking others to do the same. Neither of those accounts are endless, and using money from either does affect our bottom line of being able to minister to these kids here in Romania. That weighs heavy on us both, so we must discern wisely where we go and who we see.
I know that our plans to set up stops on our fundraising trip may leave some of you feeling left out, less important, hurt, or even insulted and angry if we don't get to see you. I get it. I do. But I can assure you this is one of those times when we agree and yet must be good stewards of what others have given, so we can minister longer here in Romania.
You can be a part of that. We can serve alongside you with your generous partnership. We can see you in the next two months if it will be a blessing to these kids here in Romania.
That's it. Life is one big transition and our world is huge. We need to hear from you. We WANT to hear from you and, if at all possible, see you. If you want to see us too, we need to talk. You've got the dates, those are the boundaries we've got, so don't think someone else is going to do it. Call us on Facebook, What's App, send me a Vox message, call the long-distance number if you like, and let's make this happen. Check out this blog post for ways to reach us for free!
For those I've already talked to – dang, I love you, you know that? I truly do. I can't wait to see you again, and I hope we can do that on this trip.
Let's make it happen.
We've only got one life. I don't want to leave it with bags of money and regrets left behind.
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