“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
These are the words that God spoke to Joshua as He called the nation of Israel to finally cross the Jordan River and enter in the land that He had promised many years before. They are words of encouragement, words of strength, words of promises fullfilled, and words where vision is renewed. They are also words that require for action to be taken as you cannot take enter the promised land without first crossing the Jordan River.
An Unexpected Shift
In early March, we began to feel a shift taking place our family, The Street Revolution, and The Spark Cafe. It all began with a dream that David had where God clearly spoke to him to hit the brakes and not move forward with The Street Revolution. At the time, it was an odd word, but the more we prayed about it, the more we knew that it was God speaking to us. He then began speaking to us about letting go and passing our beloved Spark Cafe to 2 of our most faithful volunteers, Justin & Jenna Bakken so that they may continue developing this project. We were quite shocked at this word, but I imagine that when God told Joshua to pull up the roots from where they were camped, that he too was a bit shocked and challenged as they were likely quite settled there on the banks of the Jordan.
The Spark Cafe is Passed On
After praying about this for a few days and getting counsel from leaders that God has placed around us, we decided to talk to Justin & Jenna about The Spark and it's potential future under their leadership. Over the last several months, the Spark Cafe had produced quite the impact on it's surrounding community and much of that impact happened because of the skills & ideas of Justin & Jenna. So when we talked about passing it on to them, they responded with a resounding "yes" and at that, we began passing The Spark over to them direct and raise support for.
"Will You Go Where Ever I Lead You?"
It was after passing The Spark over that God began speaking to us about the above verse from Joshua and how it was time for us to uproot ourselves and begin crossing the Jordan river. Over the last 4 years, despite seeing God do a lot of great things through us and The Street Revolution, we have often felt like we were wandering around in a place that was not our "promised land." As this word about Joshua began coming to us, a question rose up that was a bit harder to answer than we initial thought it would be. That question was whether or not we were really willing to go where ever He lead and do whatever it takes to get there. The initial thought of packing up and moving was certainly a hard one to swallow, but the more we meditated on Joshua 1, the more we realized that though it won't be easy (as if crossing a river would be an easy thing) that He will give us the strength, favor, and guidance to do it. So after we finally decided to let go and let Him guide us, He began to point us towards a new destination to focus our ministry efforts on...
The Promised Land is in Sight
Of all the places that we have been together, Antigua Guatemala sits at the top of our favorites. A beautiful town that sits with an amazing view of several volcanoes, this is a town that sits as a "melting pot" of many cultures around the world as many people go there to learn Spanish. Antigua is also happens to be the place where we began our honeymoon and is a place that we have always come back to and dreamed about one day getting a home there. So when God began speaking to us and pointing us towards Antigua, it came as no surprise that this would be our "promised land" that He wanted to get us to.
A Vision Renewed
Many of you might remember last year the revelation that David had about training and sending young people to go out in the 7 key mind molding areas of society and to influence the leaders already in place just as Daniel did in Babylon. To read this news report again, you can click here
. Over the last several months, this idea / vision has been constantly coming up when we talk to churches & friends about missions. It came as no surprise then, that once He began pointing us towards Antigua, that He also began reminding us of when we began to cast vision for "The Daniel Project" last year. He also began reminding us of how much we loved working in the Discipleship Training schools when we were with YWAM Guatemala City and how we have always longed to do it again.
After meditating on this upcoming move to Antigua, The Daniel Project, our YWAM history, and our love for the ministry of YWAM Antigua, it quickly became very clear that He was not just calling us to Antigua, but to return to YWAM and join the staff of the Antigua base. We see YWAM Antigua as a place where we can use our God given talents / passions to bless the already established ministries of the base, while also serving once again as a family in missions (the last 4 years have been difficult for us to do this as the places we were ministering were extremely dangerous and risky for our little ones). We also see this a great place to begin serving again in the DTS program, thus allowing us to begin taking steps towards training 'Daniels" and releasing them into the areas of society that God has called them to make a Kingdom impact. Though we are still awaiting a response to our application to join staff, we believe strongly that this is the "promised land" that He has been longing to send us into. Our hope is that by the end of April, we can begin the process of moving to Antigua and starting on staff.
Pray for Us
Right now we ask for you to be praying for us as we take this journey across the Jordan and into Antigua. This is certainly not an easy thing to walk out as it will require for us to be strong (spiritually, physically, and emotionally) and courageous. We have already seen during our house hunts that this is going to challenge our little ones a lot, in particular Nathaniel as he does not handle change very well. Pray also for our finances as this move into the promised land will require for us to begin renting a home, something that we have not personally done in almost 8 years.
We would like to finish this email by thanking everyone for your constant love and support over these years! A life in missions is certainly always a life filled with adventure and surprises. It is also a life of ups and downs and without you guys, our faithful supporters, by our side, I am certain that we would not have been able to do all that we have already done! So thank you for your support and we look forward to crossing this Jordan and entering our promised land with you at our side as God continues to bring His Kingdom come and His will be done in Guatemala as it is in Heaven!