Hi friends! I am SO excited about today’s post. I’ve waited months and months to share some BIG news here. That may sound a little weird but I truly love and value my online community and actually like being transparent on this weird wide internet.
Let’s just spill it – We’re going on the mission field.
If you’ve been reading for a while you likely know a bit of our story. It goes something like this – marriage, bio kids, start adoption, heart-broken for the least of these, cancer, continue adoption, become foster parents, heart-broken for the American orphan, continue adoption, adopt from foster care, continue adoption, etc., etc.
What you probably don’t know is, William did a lot of short and midterm missions before we were married. And four years ago we interviewed with a mission organization for a film position in Africa. A FILM position in AFRICA. And we decided it wasn’t a good fit. What the what?
So we put those ideas and dreams on the shelf. Our adoption was a train wreck about then and a little while later we became foster parents, tying us down to our ol’ Kentucky home for an unknown period of time.
Over the last year there’ve been a series of conversations, prayers, book studies, phone calls, interviews, psychological evaluations and the like, all of which culminated in our family being invited to join InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor.
InnerCHANGE communities of missionaries live in marginalized neighborhoods around the world – places most people want to avoid or ignore. We seek to live out the good news of Jesus among the poor, both with words and deeds.
Our family will be living and serving in an at-risk neighborhood in inner-city Miami. The InnerCHANGE Miami team is made up of one other family (our good friends and my business partner Erika and her family) and three singles.
We visited our new team and neighborhood in March and cannot wait to get there. This week I’ll be sharing why we’re going, what we’ll be doing, and how you can partner with us. For starters, we’ve created a Facebook Group open to anyone who wants to follow our journey.
The Lord has taught us many things in the last eight years, the overarching theme being this – orphans do not exist in a vacuum. And if we want to combat the orphan crisis in a holistic and Godly way, we must enter into and seek solutions for the tragedies creating orphans and vulnerable children in our own backyard and around the world.
I hope you’ll follow along this week to learn more about what God is doing with our family in Miami!