We hear this question a lot as we have right at two months before we make our international move.
"Are you ready?"
Seems like a simple question. I think most people are asking if we are physically ready--has our house sold? (no) have we packed up everything? (no) have we sold everything else? (no)
What can I say? We're procrastinators :)
We're also still traveling a lot which makes getting things checked off the to-do list pretty challenging. Throw in a rambunctious two-year-old (and a prego mama) and packing seems impossible sometimes.
But I think the question that is more important is "Are you ready--spiritually?"
And the answer? I don't know.
We need prayer right now because it seems like the closer we get to our move, the more spiritual attacks come our way. Usually suttle in nature, but always threatening to the objective of our lives--to share the Gospel with the unreached. Those "little" threats are often the most dangerous.
So we just ask for your prayers. And your words of encouragement.
I think every missionary would testify that both of those are needed far more than finances.
In the end, I know that God has and is continuing to prepare us for this journey. But that doesn't mean there won't be battles along the way. In fact, it means there WILL be battles along the way.
James tells us in chapter 1, verses 2-4:
"Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing."
So, we'll count these trials as joy for now, knowing that they are necessary for our spiritually maturity and for endurance... both of which are greatly needed in the depths of the Jungle.