Provision I seriously cannot believe it. Those numbers on my weekly financial support statement added up. Was I doing the math correctly? It completely matched my own record-keeping and after adding everything up over and over again, the tears came...I can actually buy my ticket.
Why would I ever doubt? How could I ever doubt? The day before I was feeling the most discouraged I've felt so far in the support raising process. I was contemplating missing training/orientation at GIS. I thought about how I'd be missing the first week or more of school. I'd accepted that it was probably God's plan anyway...teach me about waiting and drawing out these already difficult goodbyes to the point I wouldn't want to leave. Again, the Lord proved me wrong.
Nothing in my life has been this clear. I could talk for hours about the numerous details that are coming together or how God's provided in ways I never expected or thought possible. The confirmation of me moving across the world to teach at this incredible school, has been embraced by so many and has shown me that when God has a purpose in mind, His will ALWAYS prevails. There's no stopping Him. Nothing is too difficult for Him.
I think back to the beginning of all this and how it's all come together. It won't stop here. I know that this is only the start of the provision I'll see once I've arrived on foreign soil. The hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" has been playing in my head non-stop. He will continue to give me all that I need and more. He will sustain me.
Gratitude The gratitude I feel is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm in awe of how many financial supporters have told me stories of how God directly provided for them and called them to specifically give to get me to Chiang Mai this quickly. I'm humbled by the generosity and thankful for these supporters for listening to God's call to support me. He works in mysterious ways.
Reflection I bought my ticket and will leave this coming Saturday, July 26.
It's beginning to hit me that this is real. The official move from Greeley. Saying "see you later" is not fun for me. I'm on an emotional rollercoaster. One moment completely excited about arriving and experiencing the "exotic" adventure of starting a life overseas, the next moment sobbing while I'm driving for no particular reason.
There is no easy way to say "good-bye". I'll be back one-day :), but for now just won't be present here in the US and will miss out on somethings.
Besides family and friends I'll miss:
-Quinoa -Roma's Pizza -Margaritas -Mexican food (tacos) -Greek food (Tzatziki sauce, hummus, pitas and falafel) -Biking on both the Ralston Creek Trail and the Poudre River Trail in the fall -Adding more 14ners to my list -Denver/Boulder adventures -Snowboarding (only thing I'll miss about snow) -Driving around in my car...aimlessly usually toward the mountains -My comfortable bed -A dryer -Taking afternoon naps in the hammock or swinging on the tree swing -Being greeted annoyingly by our dogs (yes, mom and dad, I'll miss that). -Holding all my friend's babies (there's a lot of them).
Things I'm looking forward to:
-New culture/language -Smaller class size -Team teaching -More support -Creativity -Flexibility -Reliance -Real Thai Food -Community -Opportunities to serve -Growing in faith -Navigating -Motorbike -Elephants -Thai holidays and American holidays -Meeting new people -Travel -NO SNOW!
Countdown is only 3 days! I still cannot grasp that I only started this journey 6 weeks ago. I'm choosing to appreciate all I have here, but I'm ready to embark on another life journey and share with everyone what it's really like. Enough talk...time to GO!
Please Pray for:
-The remainder of funds would come in on time -For my family as they say goodbye and that I would be able to say goodbye well -Safe travels and transitioning upon arrival
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who's encouraging and uplifting me in this transition. It means a lot to me and I wouldn't be going without your involvement in each part. I'm going to miss you all more than you know. So many of you play irreplaceable roles in my life. I look forward to sharing these experiences with you all SO soon!