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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Optimistic Perseverance and 60 DAYS Left to Leave For France!!

Every person knows what it's like when they are ready to do something and they are stuck in time; no way they can move forward. Maybe it's just standing in a grocery line or there's a predetermined schedule but, No! you aren't going anywhere until this roadblock is moved. Today it's been 10 days since a part was ordered for our 1999 Saab 9-5 wagon. We were supposed to leave for California 2 days ago. This car is only needed another 60 days before we hope to leave for France to work and live. It cannot break down permanently until we get on that plane. I mean it! 

Granted, I'm trusting that everything else will be in place for this big move to this far away country in 60 days but just hang with me and "let's believe" (like getting 2000.00 more in monthly financial commitments to join with us on this journey). All my friends say we are the most optimistic people they know, and persevering. Those two words are synonymous in our book. If you want to have a great life, be optimistic while you persevere. That's our motto. Or mine. I have to keep reminding Russell to switch from pessimistic to optimistic. We've been trying to get to France to work there full time since 2007. Hey, we've had over 6100. per month to raise and we are down to 2K now. It's expensive to live in France with their health insurance and ours combined, taxes, fees, etc. etc. besides our salary and benefits and ministry expenses.

The auto makers decided to create a road block when they chose not to make Saab's any more! Of course we had to have one of those. I thought it was a great deal to buy a used one with a rebuilt engine for 4K in late 2009 to drive across from California to New York by way of Kansas City many times telling people we need money to work for our "non-profit Christian church planting" organization to reside in Paris, France. The car, so far, has cost us about $8,000. which isn't bad considering the miles we've put on it. And it gets 32 mpg on the hwy. The people at the auto repair are telling us it's probably not a good idea to go to California once again and yet we don't have options. So, let's not only believe, let's pray that this car will make it.

Other roadblocks along the way is the "Paris, France" part of the equation. Some of the responses we get when we tell our story is, "You want us to give you money to go to Paris, France? I'd like to go to Paris, France. I tell them that I am working with refugees from North Africa and Turkey and there are a some French Christians over there asking for help and yes we are artists, but it's for a good cause. Come on somebody, anybody?

My dream wasn't to ask God if I could go live in France in my 50s, share the Good news of Jesus Christ and leave my children and 2 beautiful little grand daughters behind. I did manage to win a trip to Paris originally in 2000 and thoroughly enjoyed it but never in my wildest dreams did I think God would call me to go work there. He called my husband too and so there you are. We can't get this monkey off our back and we just want these roadblocks to go away so we can get on with it. Life happens, and time goes by and here we are. Ready for blast off if we could just get the Saab out of the repair shop.

It was 70 degrees yesterday and did I say a snowstorm is coming tonight?

"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."
Hebrews 10:36

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