Danger is something few people seek, especially when you are married with children. But in January 2011, we took our family on a “dangerous” road. And it all started with a simple prayer: God, do you want our family to serve as missionaries in a foreign country? Maybe this doesn’t seem like a dangerous prayer to you, but to us it was a prayer of complete surrender to God’s will. We laid our plans, agendas, ideas aside and said “God, YOU lead, we’ll follow!”
What happened in the next months is our testimony of the awesome God we serve. As our family prayed each night about where God might lead us, we began to delight in the Lord. God opened our hearts and stripped away our desires and filled us with His desire for our life. The core of our passion has always been to see the lost saved and we have passionately pursued that calling at Rockpoint Church for the past three years.
In November, Robb and two other pastors from Rockpoint Church served in Haiti and God continued to reveal answers and direction! When Robb returned from Haiti, Morgan asked a surprising question, “Daddy, when are we moving to Haiti?” What could God be doing and was He calling us to be a missionary family? Could it be to Haiti? Is it going to be soon? Again God answered. We still have the same passion to see the lost saved, but God is sending us on a new road. This new road joins our passion with a mission opportunity to love and share the Gospel to orphans and plant churches in Haiti.
So we will GO! We have accepted the call from a mission ministry called Healing Haiti, to serve and preach the Gospel as the host family at Grace Village in Titanyen, Haiti for two years. Grace Village is home to 41 orphans. In the near future, there will be a school, medical clinic, elderly home, restavek home (rescued child slaves), and a church. We will oversee the daily operations of Grace Village, new construction, and plant a church. We will also be working with the volunteers that come to serve, provide spiritual leadership to the staff, and live the Gospel out loud by training disciple-making followers of Jesus!
This new road gets narrower this July when our family moves into Grace Village, but the preparations have already begun. In March, our family will travel to Haiti for a “vision” trip. Then in April, we will take part in a three-week missionary training in Palmer Lake, Colorado at Mission Training Institute (MTI). Morgan and Ben will be a part of this training too!
We are now forming our prayer team and raising financial support. This road is exciting, but also will be hard and long and we need daily prayer support. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. And we are all called, each according to our gifts. Will you answer the call to “Go!” with us on this road? Will you pledge to pray for our family by name each day? Will you partner with us by giving financially and faithfully?
Our expenses for each year while living in Haiti are $67,000. This amount seems impossible to us at times, but ALL THINGS are possible with God – YES! So we have looked at what God has blessed us with and how we can use this to fund our mission. We have sold one of our cars and plan to sell the other before we move. We have also sold some personal property and will rent our home for two years. If anyone is interested in two purebred English Springer Spaniels… we will rent them out for two years too!
God has a purpose and plan for your life. As you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. What is the passion God has given you? And will you go? As followers of Jesus, we are all on the same journey with the same destination, but the roads we take differ! Will you join us on this new road our family is called to walk and partner with us with your prayers and financial support?
Delighting ourselves in Jesus,
Robb, Jenn, Morgan and Ben
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” - Hudson Taylor