It’s never how you think it’s going to be. You can be so sure of something and then, in an instant, your world can completely change. Your certainty can be ripped from your hands. Before you know it, something new is happening and whether you planned for it or not, you’re on an entirely new road.
I keep reminding myself that God always has the big picture in mind. He is always guiding us, gently and sharply, to where we need to be in order to live out the potential He has placed in us. The details may change, but the purpose is the same. God doesn’t change and so His purpose for each of us doesn’t change.
…Even if it seems that way.
My Plan A, which I was 100% certain of, has now changed to Plan B. I thought I’d share with you what I shared with those who have walked closely with me these past few months since my journey with Thrive Africa began.
Dear Family and Friends,
The past two and a half months have been busy as I have been adjusting back to living in the States, jumping back into my job, and diving into support raising for my planned return to South Africa. It took a few weeks for me to fully recover from the culture shock of instant gratification and busyness. In order to keep my mind and heart focused on my entrance to the mission field, I decided to read through the Bible in 90 days. While this does not allow for in-depth analysis, I have been seeing numerous overarching themes. I have been reminded that God always has the ‘big picture’ in mind. I have been reminded that He does not forget about us, even when we have the ‘How long, O Lord’ questions burning in our hearts. Mostly, however, I have been reminded that God is faithful even when we do not deserve it.
This verse in Jeremiah has comforted me when I need sweet truth spoken into my heart:
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you’ – Jer. 31:3
I share this with you because in light of recent information, I have been white-knuckled clinging to these truths. I was recently informed that Thrive Africa’s board has decided to close the ministry indefinitely.
What does this mean?
The missionaries have left the ministry and all the programs have shut down. And while this means I will not be serving at Thrive Africa, it has not changed my ‘big picture’ of going on the mission field. It just means that the details are going to look different.
So, what now?
That’s where you come in! I’m looking into other ministries and would love input from you. If you know of a ministry in Europe or South Africa which trains indigenous people, develops leaders, and/or focuses on equipping next generation Christians, please let me know! For the time being, I will be continuing working at the same job and living near Washington, D.C. as I pursue a new path to enter the mission field.
I want to thank you, each one of you, for your prayerful, emotional, and financial support. I have been so humbled by the way you have come together as a community to encourage me the past few months. God provides in wonderful ways. I have been able to rest in that during this time of restructuring my dreams. You have all left me speechless countless times with your perfect words and selfless giving. All I can say is thank you.
If you would like to be kept up to date on my future plans, please reply back to me. As of right now, I do not know what my future holds but I do know that God has a plan, a purpose, and a surprise. I am giddy with excitement as I wait to open the box He has laid aside with my name on it. I would love to share this journey with you!
I ask that you pray for the missionaries who were at Thrive Africa. Some have received next steps and others are waiting on the Lord. I also ask that you pray for the indigenous staff and the students. I ask that you keep my journey in your prayers as well.
Again, thank you for being such a wonderful community for me. Thank you for your prayers. I pray for each of you. Have a joyful holiday season!
Will you join me in praying?