In September 2011, I wrote my first newsletter about the beginning of my journey to Spain. (If you would like to read it, I re-posted it to this blog a day or so ago.)
And what a journey it has been!
Since writing it over a year ago, I:
1. Moved out of my apartment of 8 years.
2. Moved in with an amazing family (went from 0 roommates to 6….8 if you include the dogs).
3. Completed all of my training with International Teams.
4. Quit my job of 11 years, as a Commission Analyst with Quantum Corp.
5. Sold, gave away, or packed the rest of my stuff and moved it in to my mom’s garage.
6. Spent the last 5 months gathering partners for Team Spain.
As you can see, a lot has happened over the last year and a half, and now I am starting to see the shoreline.
Last weekend my dad made his (second) day trip to Washington to move myself and the rest of my stuff to Portland. I am now staying with him and my step-mom (Kay) in their spare bedroom, and preparing the final details for a February departure.
God is moving in miraculous ways, and the support has really been coming in! I am at about 85%, and am starting to look at shipping companies to send my stuff over to Spain. Containers, crates, pallets, is the wood treated for international shipping? (what?), should I just get a bunch of really big plastic tubs? I never knew there was so much to think about to ship my stuff overseas. Basically, I really need to pack and get organized! Again.
I am still talking to people, and am even sharing the Pilgrim House ministry with a church group in Seattle in a week or so. I am close, but not yet there, so I will keep on moving forward.
It all feels a little surreal. This is REALLY happening! So much of what needs to be done is running through my head, it is almost paralyzing.
But as I turn to Father God and seek His council, I know that He will calm my racing mind and gently guide me to what needs to be done.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.