Boys On Mission – January 2017
Jan
24

Boys On Mission – January 2017

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first Boys On Mission update!  We made a video for you at Charles Fort, a historical site we first visited in 2015.  We got to go there again last week.  We’re doing good, and having a great time in Ireland!  We hope you are also doing well!

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Here are a few more pictures our Mom took of the fort.  I (Silas) will explain them to you.  Do you see the giant hexagons?  These were actually used to store water at the fort!

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These are some of the buildings.  We saw a kitchen, the armory, the barracks, and lots more!  The fort is by the ocean on a hill near the town of Kinsale.

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And this is a family selfie we took there.  It was very sunny out.  We tried to look good, but we failed.  Dad looks evil, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, Ethan looks like he got stabbed in the chest, and Mom looks a little confused.

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Thanks for reading our post!  See you on the next Boys On Mission update!

41 / 52 – Six days in
Oct
16

41 / 52 – Six days in

“Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”  – Habakkuk 2:2-3
Two and a half years ago, Jesus whispered “Ireland” into my heart.  It was the beginning of a great journey in faith, in growing to know and love Him more, in believing Him against impossibilities and finding Him faithful.
Six days ago, on October 10th, our family launched into the mission field in Ireland!
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We arrived in Shannon, Ireland the following Tuesday – 9 suitcases, 3 carry-ons, 4 backpacks, 1 guitar, and 4 tired but excited people!

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After a three hour bus ride, we arrived in Cork – the second largest city in the country, and where we’ll be serving with a church called Calvary Cork.  The first night we were here, we stayed in the city.  This was the view from our hotel room.

Cork, Ireland

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It’s strange to feel like you’ve both left home and come home all at the same time.  Maybe it will always feel like that.  We’ve waited so long to be here, and there is so much to do to get settled and established, but it definitely feels like we’re exactly where the Lord would have us.  I’m thankful for that!

Oh jet lag :)

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I took this picture of my keychain the day before we left Denver.  Keys are sort of symbolic you know?  They represent ownership and security and stability.  We have those things only in the Lord now.  In these first six days, this reality has been scary at times.  Other moments it has brought great comfort, knowing that the Lord has not led us this far to abandon us.  He is our refuge and strength, and is proving again and again, that He loves and takes care of His own.  We are His and He is enough.

Please pray for us as we continue looking for a house and a car and trying to get settled here.  We know that the Lord has those things for us.  It’s honestly been really hard not having them figured out already, but we are trusting that even the timing of those things are in the hand of the Lord.  I was reminded today that,

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”  – Psalm 18:30

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Also, I just had to share this picture of Ethan :)  He lost a tooth the second day we were here, and somehow has an even cuter smile than he did before!!  Missing front teeth are my favorite :)

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9 / 52 – Boys on Mission
Mar
05

9 / 52 – Boys on Mission

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Week 9 and we’re into March!  Can you believe it?!  This is year is flying by!

Life is so very full right now, in amazing ways!  There’s this momentum that has filled our days as we prepare to head into the mission field.  I know there are so many things we don’t know yet, but it’s an exciting season, knowing we are where the Lord wants us and that we’re moving with Him!

I wanted to share about something new we’re getting ready to do with the boys.  If you’ll notice, there’s a “Boys on Mission” link in the navigation bar right above this post.  See it?  As we pray about life in ministry, Branden and I have felt really strongly that the Lord is calling our entire family into this next season.  It’s not the two of us going to Ireland and our kids just end up coming along for the ride.

We know the Lord’s heart is for children.  He’s crazy about them, and He can use kids to do big things!  Jesus is calling Silas and Ethan, at the ages of 8 and 6, to serve Him half way across the world!  I get really excited thinking about that!  That before we ever starting thinking about missions, before they were even born, God had already planned that these two little boys, brothers, would become missionaries at this exact time – so cool!

So Boys on Mission is their page!  It’ll be a place for them to connect with other kids and share about life in Ireland – the things they’re learning and doing and experiencing!  For homeschooling, we already do some creative writing and journaling.  This will be an extension of that!  I think it’ll be like a sort of pen pal/blog update hybrid.  They’ll be responsible for posting once, maybe twice a month.  Kids can keep up with them, even email as a family and ask questions or share things they’re doing, and just connect!

The boys really want to do videos too!  They’ve already started walking around narrating silly things around the house, but it’s totally entertaining!  I can just imagine one of them documenting the other eating blood sausage!

Anyways, we’re pretty excited about it and I think it’ll be a really cool way for the boys to take ownership of what’s in front of us and stay connected with other kids!  So if you have kiddos and they want to keep up with a couple of missionary kids in Ireland, stay tuned!  They’ll start posting on their page soon!

And just because I love these pictures…

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