As we get closer to leaving for Thailand, we feel more and more like we are about to hit a finish line, because in a way we are; but in a much truer sense, we will only just be beginning this mission. Hebrews 12 has encouraged our hearts many times along this journey thus far, and now we find ourselves all the more deeply inspired by the call to "run with endurance the race that is set before us" (vs. 1). We want to begin this race well, and so please pray that God would give us grace to "lift (our) drooping hands and strengthen (our) weak knees and make straight paths for (our) feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed" (vs. 12-13).
When will we leave?
People keep asking us when we are leaving, and our response is, "January, we hope!" We are excited to share that we are SO CLOSE to being able to actually purchase plane tickets! We can do that as soon as we reach 90% of our monthly support, and right now $220/month is all we need to reach that goal!Please prayerfully consider if God might be calling you to partner with us in this way.
In response to hearing the lost souls in India described as a gold mine that is as deep as the center of the earth, along with the challenge, "Who will venture to explore it?" William Carey famously replied,
"I will go down, but remember that you must hold the rope."
We are ready and willing to go, but we cannot complete this mission alone. While we venture to the hopeful harvest of what the Lord has waiting in Isaan, we need others to "hold the rope" through financial partnership and faithful prayer.
In the meantime...
We are slowly paring down our possessions to what can fit into about 6 suitcases and 5 carry-on bags. We discovered a new favorite family activity in trying to find suitable roller bags that the children could maneuver autonomously... suitcase racing at the mall! Click below if you want to see how we get wild on a Friday night:
We are so grateful for those of you who are already partnered with us in this way! There are over 50 families and churches who give to us monthly, and whether it is $5 or several hundred dollars each month, we feel your generosity and are so humbled by your sacrifices. If you feel called to join our monthly support team, you can do so by clicking the link below. And if you are planning to wait until the new year to begin, that is fantastic! We can still plan your pledge into our numbers and make plans accordingly! Please consider letting us know these plans so that we can be one step closer to setting our departure date.
As we near the starting line, would you pray that we would begin this race well? Pray that each of our hearts would be fixed on our Savior and deeply rooted in the Gospel.
Please pray that God would provide our remaining need.
Pray for our goodbyes and "losses." We've counted up the cost and found Him worth it... may it ever be so.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-3) Much love, The Englands