Since we left our sweet little town of Wilmore in June, we have literally been living out of our suitcases! It has been quite an experience. It has been challenging at times, but also full of many blessings. We have enjoyed lots of extra time with our families in Alabama and Georgia, as well as friends in many different states. Some of the adventure of our summer included a flat tire on the interstate as we were making the move from Kentucky, chasing down a mail truck with important Bulgarian documents, having to go to a funeral home to get documents notarized when the State Department wouldn't do it, and many, many detours and reroutes trying to get all of our paperwork submitted. The girls have started homeschool and we are adjusting to our new way of life. We have been absolutely blown away each and every day at how we could feel the Lord clearing paths and obstacles and guiding us every step of the way. A huge part of this has been the support that so many of you have shown us through your prayers, opening your homes, sharing your resources, and helping to get us funded so that we could get to work. Our hearts are full as we prepare to depart in just a few days. Please keep us in your prayers as we say our "see ya laters" and then actually touch down and get acclimated in Bulgaria.
Over the next months our little family of five will be preparing to move...across the seas...to Bulgaria. We really are just an ordinary family who loves to do normal things. However, we serve an extraordinary God who does mighty things. He loves, He saves, He restores hope, and He makes a way where there is no way. That is what He is doing for young Roma girls... who are sold...for the price of a horse. He is calling us to go and partner with Him to:
" proclaim good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy, instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." (Isaiah 61).
Because friends, selling a girl for a horse is a fate NO ONE should have to worry about. Can you imagine waking up one day to find out that one of your friends was missing? Knowing deep down what had happened, and knowing you could be next. This is the reality many young Roma (gypsy) girls live every.single.day. We will be working to help end this unthinkable way of life. We will be partnering with missionaries who have already done the pioneering, hard labor required to get this work off the ground. We have heard the call and we cannot ignore it. We must put our hands to plow....because a girl is certainly, definitely, absolutely worth so much more than the price...of a horse. Click around our site (especially the "what we do" tab) to find out more.