It’s a Roller Coaster Ride!
About 7 months ago, Trevor felt the Lord speak something to his heart during his morning prayer time. It was impressed on him so heavily that he came right in and told me about it. Something along the lines of “…this next year will be a roller coaster ride, but don’t worry. I’ll take care of you. Everything will turn out okay.”
When we experienced a miscarriage last fall, we assumed that was it – that was the big thing God knew was coming, and in His kindness He had provided those words of comfort in advance. Turns out that was a part of it, but only the beginning! Part 1 of our ride was heartbreaking, and He did indeed see us through it. Part 2, however, has been incredibly thrilling. I mean, we’re moving to the other side of the world to do everything in ministry that we’ve ever dreamed of! It doesn’t get much more exciting than that, right?
Well, yes… but… you know that weird, uncomfortable feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as you reach the peak of the incline and the roller coaster car is just about to tip over and begin racing straight down the other side? Yeah, that one. Well, we have that feeling now… ALL THE TIME!
Making the transition from being fully self-sufficient to living exclusively by God’s provision through His people will be a huge adjustment… just trying to get ourselves into that mindset has been incredibly difficult. Asking for financial help is one of the most humbling things one can do. I mean, I’m sure it’d be awkward enough to ask for a little help with the groceries on occasion, even harder for a utility bill or car repair, and much, MUCH harder for the mortgage. And we are asking for help with… everything?! This is especially challenging for Trevor – as a man, as a provider.
But the reality is that this is God’s plan, not ours. We are moving out in faith and obedience because He has asked us to. Furthermore, we are trusting that He will provide; that He will move on the hearts of His kids to partner with us financially to fund His work through us in the UK. Let it be made very clear that we do not take this lightly. We will be doing our very best to be good stewards of the Lord’s provision. We will do all we can to ensure that these financial seeds are sown into fertile soil and properly nourished so that great eternal fruit is produced. We will keep our supporters updated on the progress of our “garden” via our Blog and – Lord willing – during an annual visit back to the U.S. to deliver an in-person report.
And so the part you were probably waiting for comes: Will you please consider helping us? Will you sincerely ask the Lord if He would have you be part of the provision that will make all of this possible? Will you join us on the mission field by investing in the vision God has entrusted to us… one with an eternal return-on-investment?
Though we don’t expect to leave for England for a few months, we must be diligent to plan and prepare. We must get our financial ducks in a row, including building our support base. We are already beginning to sell our belongings and will put those proceeds first against some debt that we must pay off. From there, it goes to our moving expenses (visa applications, plane tickets, shipping, etc.) and then to our account for living expenses. Our home church, The Crossing, has been kind enough to take the role of managing all of our donations, which will then be tax-deductible in the U.S.
Whether you can commit to a one-time gift of $1 or $1,000 or anything in between or to an ongoing monthly amount, large or small – anything that you are able to give will be an incredible blessing. If you can begin giving now, that’s wonderful. If you’d rather wait until we are on our way, we understand. Either way, it would be a HUGE help for us just to know your intentions, so that we can plan accordingly and keep tabs on how close we are to meeting our budgetary targets. At this time, our preliminary target is approximately $3,000 per month. The form in THIS LINK is quick and easy to complete and will give us the necessary details for our records.
Here are a few links to remind you of what we are doing, why and what we think it’s going to take to get us there…
The details of how to give online or by mail are outlined on our Donate page. You even have the option to be kept anonymous if you’d prefer!
Whether you are able to provide financial support or not, we deeply thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request. We know that it simply may not be possible for some of you. And whether you give or not, it would be a huge blessing if you would add us to your ongoing prayer list. Those who support us through faithful prayer are a critical part of our support team. We even have little cards with our picture that you can hang on your fridge or keep in your Bible as a reminder to pray for UKFJ. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be glad to get some to you!
Well, that’s all for now. Big blessings and more to come soon!
- Connie, Trevor & Brooklyn Promise
P.S. All of this “asking for support” stuff is completely new to us, so please have a little grace if we seem too direct or not direct enough. Again, it’s awkward… :o)