First off, I want to thank you for reading my blog. Its been a really exciting adventure the past year!
Last year, around this time exactly, our little family of 4 moved across the country for a new adventure. We moved from Alberta to Ontario (we know that sounds backwards) to get into a new business career, and also our family lives here so that was another factor (especially for the grandparents to have a relationship with our girls)
Well, unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as expected does it? A couple of things happened in that time.
First, there were a lot of problems we were ignoring out west. One of them being the struggles my husband had with mental illness that came to the surface once we left the mountains…which we learned the hard way were his coping mechanisms. (Trust me, we are not saying the mountains were the problem, there were just a distraction and allowed us to ignore more serious problems when we used them to cope rather than truly deal with issues) Once we moved from the mountains, there was no way to escape the problems that came with the struggles he was having. Unfortunately there were some pretty dark times that came with that time of our life. Thankfully we had some AMAZING people who held us together during that time, and completely relied on God for strength and we came out stronger, healthier and happier then we ever have been. (for anyone who knows us personally, God has been amazing at healing those problems and connecting us with the proper resources to help that happen)
The second thing that happened was we were following a stable and financially secure career. During the tough months we experienced, as we found ourselves becoming closer and closer in our relationship with God, we felt him being very clear about what he was asking of us. And it was very clear, it was NOT the career choice we were pursuing. It was not that the career was bad at all, it just was not where we were supposed to be personally. This was a big deal, we had just moved across the country for it and many people went to a lot to support us in it. So it was pretty big to walk away from this.
As we starting taking steps to walk away, God was so good…as he always is. We got an opportunity to move to a town that was much better suited for our family and lifestyle. The really exciting part was that we were now going to be able to go from a healthy state of mind, so all that work and darkness was necessary and part of the plan. So for the 3rd time in a year, we packed up and moved to Haliburton Ontario. We just love it here, the community, the church, my husbands work… it is all just exactly what we want and need.
That being said, once the dust settled from the move, it was time to begin figuring out why God had asked us to leave the career. I started this blog, that was part of it, but there was definitely more and I needed to explore that and allow God to guide me into that. As I started to go down the path of figuring this out, God met me there. Each time I walked in obedience, he would give me more pieces to the puzzle until I started to see the full picture. He also started placing people in my life I could have never imagined. It is a bold dream and involves a huge leap of faith, but doors have opened and prayers have been answered so I am led to believe I am on the right track. Most importantly, an unprecedented peace has settled over me that only happens when walking a divinely inspired path.
All of this has resulted in founding a non-profit organization called Missions for Purpose’! So what does Missions for Purpose do you ask? I am very excited to tell you!
Missions for Purpose (MFP) is mission organization that is focused on strengthening communities with sustainability and development and also believes that our short-term missions need to be focused on supporting our long-term missionaries serving on the field.
Missions for Purpose is part of a movement within missions that believes true and lasting change comes from a bottom-up approach, starting with the people living in the community. This allows for ownership of projects within a community, by the residents of the community. We hope to be the facilitator, connectors and supporters to these individuals in hopes to teach, train and empower for lasting change. Our goal is to shift the effort and impact of mission projects from dependency to empowerment and ensure local community residents are in control of the development that is both needed, wanted and sustainable in their neighbourhoods.
I would love for you to take a look at our website and learn more about Missions for Purpose at www.missionsforpurpose.org
In late July, ‘Missions for Purpose’ was officially registered as an incorporated non-profit organization. One week after I received confirmation of MFP official status, I was invited to participate on a trip to Guatemala in November 2016. This trip would allow me to experience first-hand the type of assistance MFP is seeking to offer. The project is to assist a community in building a bio sand filter for access to clean water. I will be going with the organization ‘Water Ambassador’s’ and their in-country partner ‘Mission Impact’ as they have graciously offered me this opportunity to join in on their trip to a small village called ‘Coyolote.’ I will then be staying 4 extra days meeting with missionaries and other like-minded organizations we are hoping to partner with in Antigua and Guatemala City. We are very exciting for what is to come with Missions for Purpose and I felt it was time to tell everyone about it!
Again thank you to everyone for the support over this year and this new adventure; the prayers, the phone calls and emails and the love felt was such an example of Christ’s body and it is so wonderful to be able to experience it. If you want to learn more about Missions for Purpose; please head to the website, talk to me or both, I am very excited to share and talk about this dream!!
(If you are interested in being part of the prayer partner for MFP, receiving our monthly newsletter, donating financially, or going on a trip; please feel free to look at the website for ways to get involved or contact me directly (in any form of communication; text, email, phone call, Facebook etc etc etc)