To say that the last month of our lives has been crazy would be an understatement! We are getting so close to leaving for Colombia that it is sometimes hard to believe. All the plans and all the dreams are coming into action.
In the last few weeks we have both stopped working for our employers, we have sold my truck and all the furniture and items we were planning to sell, we have moved to Jessica’s parents’ house where we will stay until we move, and we have traveled to Atlanta to obtain our Religious Worker Visas! This has been an exciting, yet emotional, process.
Jessica has to retire her LCSW license that she has worked so hard to attain so that it doesn’t expire while we are gone. I preached my last sermon at Beaver Creek and said goodbye to my youth group that I love and already miss so much. We had to move out and say goodbye to Don and Marion Sweet who have graciously allowed us to live in their basement for the past year. Bella has asked many times when we are going back to her house so she can sleep in her Mini Mouse bed (we sold it) and see Don and Marion.
So many doors have been opening over the last few years and for a long time we have been living in a world with multiple doors open. We have been able to straddle the threshold and live a life where we experience multiple worlds. Now, some very important and large doors seem to be closing while others are fully opening. It is becoming real and difficult to say certain goodbyes.
We are still waiting to hear when we can leave for sure, but it should be sometime in the first two weeks of July. Until we get on that plane we will continue to go through our stuff to decide what we actually need to keep or can get rid of, we will try to visit with friends and family as much as possible, and we will continue traveling so that we can share with people about the Stott-Wallace Missionary Offering Fund and about our callings to Colombia.
We know that the next 3 months will fly by! There is so much to do and so much of it we are doing for the first time in our lives. Please continue to raise us up in prayer so that the transition can continue to go well and that we can begin the work God has called us to do in Medellin as soon as possible! Also, (you know that if I have been around you in the last year I’m going to plug this) please continue to consider how you can support us and all our other missionaries around the world by contributing to the Stott-Wallace Missionary Offering Fund! We are praying that more families, friends, congregations, groups, and presbyteries will find ways to support Stott-Wallace long term by giving every year. Click on the link below to see how to do this and to watch the new video!