Four years ago we were doing the exact same thing we are doing now. Itenerating. Last time, it took us 15 months to raise our budget. This time, we have a lot less to raise and we hope to have it shored up in just one summer.
We just returned from three and a half weeks of traveling to raise support. It was a really good trip. Before we left in May, I was pretty nervous about being on the go for such an extensive period of time with Justus, who just turned 15 months old today. He adjusted wonderfully through it all. Justus and I came down with a virus about half way through the trip and we were both pretty sick for a few days. Being sick away from home is always challenging, but God really strengthened us and allowed us stick to our schedule.
During our long car rides, Jesse and I kept talking about what a privilege it is that we get to travel and see old friends and meet new people. It’s a really cool part of our “job.” It’s something that not everybody gets to experience in their lifetime. I hope Justus grows up feeling like the traveling part of being a missionary kid is fun and exciting. And although going on a long trip is a good time, it’s always good to be home and sleep in your own bed. Having a toddler has made me even more thankful to be in our own space where I know he isn’t going to break some ones stuff.
I’m really glad we went. And when I say we I mean the whole family. There were times I wondered if traveling with Justus was the right decision. Those times when he was fussy, hard to deal with and then when he had a high fever I felt like maybe I had made a mistake. I wondered if Justus and I should have just stayed home and Jesse could have gone on his own. When it was all said and done, I am glad we went. Even though there was some bad, there was a lot more good. So I look forward to the rest of our summer as we fund raise with a toddler. It’s going to be a learning experience, but God is faithful and will help us all to do what He has called us to do.