You see, when I was growing up there was this really cool gal in my youth group, a couple years older than me, who took time to invest in my life. She blessed my life incredibly.
Well, this same gal, along with her husband and two young kiddos were our back fence neighbors when we got back to Texas from Israel this summer. It was great. Though our lives were both hectic, it was fun to be able to hang over the fence between chores or errands and catch up with this dear friend and inspiration in my life. I loved watching her beautiful children play together in their backyard from my kitchen window and Geoff and her husband bonded quite well (borrowing tools brings great camaraderie, you know) and it was great getting to know him.
But now we have moved out of that house...and they are moving much farther.
When Geoff and I struck out to head to Ecuador in 2012, it was because we wanted to do something different, to engage the world in a new place, and we felt God's blessing to pursue that no matter where we ended up.
Their story is a bit different. I could fill this blog for the rest of the year with amazing stories of confirmation I've already been privileged to overhear about this families very specific calling to a very specific place. The Neema Baby Home in Arusha, Tanzania - Africa.
I couldn't be more excited about the testimony this family, the Erdman's, already have to share. The story of their calling to this ministry, the doors opening, the hearts melting before the LORD, the sacrificing of previous dreams and comforts, and the confirmation they have received over and over again.
I won't waste time retelling their story; check out their blog and follow their journey to hear directly from their hearts. This recent blog from Kelly introduces their story very well: Already Begun
They have sold, divided, and given away many of their possessions and packed up what they can use for the mission in Africa. As I type they have arrived at the Houston airport and are awaiting the flight that will take their sweet family across the world. Please pray for them, especially their two little girls, as they travel to their new home in a new land.
Also, check out their website at tzorphan.com (and save it as a favorite) and follow their journey, pray about ways to support them, and keep up with them as they continue this journey in faith, with action. You will be blessed to share in this journey, even from afar, as we and so many have already been.
to look after widows and orphans in their distress
and to keep from being polluted by the world.