May 4th, 2010

Hello 80%


Hello 80%

On Sunday afternoon, I made a phone call that brought us from 53% of our monthly support to 80%. 80%! I was in total shock. And awe. I couldn’t believe it.

The family that brought us from 53 to 80% was one that we had met with in March. I was supposed to call them back in early April to update them about whether we were leaving, but I didn’t. My initial excuse was that we were busy at a family wedding. But then I felt bad that I hadn’t called, and I put it off. And then I felt even worse that I hadn’t called, and put it off again. And on and on the cycle went, until yesterday. If I had called when I was supposed to, we might have been gone by now.

In late March I posted on our blog about my sense of expectation that God was going to bring our support in. And what do you know, he had! I just hadn’t called to follow up. Anyway, my whole point in telling you these details isn’t to rue the past, but to tell you that God really did have it taken care of!

Since Sunday, we’ve even received 4% more of our support. So now we’re at 84%! This means we can actually leave for Germany!

We’re currently waiting to hear from Black Forest Academy about whether we should come now or wait until the summer. If we come now, we’ll probably arrive with just two or three weeks of school left. These are some of the busiest weeks of the year, for both students and staff. It probably won’t be a great time to try to transition, plus the staff won’t have much time to help us get settled. But, it would give us the opportunity to meet Tim and Sandee, the director and his wife, before they move this summer. Plus, we’d be there!

If we don’t head over immediately, we’ll be able to attend our TeachBeyond orientation in June. Then, we might head to Germany in July and have a month or so to adjust to life before school begins.

With whatever time we do have left in the States, we hope to raise the remaining 16% of our support. We plan to continue meeting with new people and following up with those we have yet to hear back from. It would be a huge blessing to head to Black Forest Academy fully funded!

We’re so excited! It doesn’t seem quite real that we’ll actually be going to Germany! Thank you for walking with us through this journey. You all have been faithful encouragers to us.

We serve a God who is good, faithful and generous, despite our faithlessness, doubt and sin.

We’ll keep you updated on our departure date!

8 Responses to “Hello 80%”


  • Caryn Schafer says:

    Hooray! Hooray! We’ve been praying so much for you two. I was so psyched to get the text message from Dani yesterday that I wanted to call immediately and just be happy with you (laying on the couch with a stomach bug prevented me). I did however text Mark immediately. And today, it actually brought tears to my eyes to read this newsletter. I’m so excited and we’re so thrilled to be a part of your ministry! We love you guys! Dani—I’m calling tonight…

  • Jonathan says:

    Yaaaaaaah! We are so excited and celebrating with you! Thanks for modeling the faith and hope that we need for everyday life and for seasons full of change. We’ll continue to pray for 100% by the time you leave. God is good and has proven that He can be trusted.

  • AnneJ says:

    Congrats!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what you guys get to do with the students! I expect regular updates and reports…a must!

  • Glory says:

    Oh goodness….this made me tear up too! I am so happy for you… seriously. I know that you guys will be able to change lives while doing something you love, which is more than some can say. Plus, you get to do it in Germany! Yayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayay!

    That is me happy for you:)

    I love you guys!

  • Mark Guinn says:

    So happy for you guys! That is amazing, encouraging news.

    • Israel says:

      Thanks man, we are super excited and so in anticipation of the next step. It’s exciting!

  • Amy T says:

    Any news yet on when you’ll actually be leaving?

    • Israel says:

      We hope to figure that out this week. We are still trying to figure out the dates with the school. 🙁