There has been a huge change in our plans. May 31st was supposed to be the departure date for Ecuador. All the preparations had been made, including all the government documents for our dog, J.R. to enter Ecuador. HOWEVER, God had different plans for us…
As we stood in the special line for people who want to ship their pets in cargo and other specialties (problems) that took about an hour, we presented our bags to be checked. The Customer Service Rep (CSR) checked our bags, with no problem. He validated J.R.’s USDA paperwork. Then it came to checking the dog. J.R. was denied boarding because the is some regulation that prohibits pets from being in cargo if the ground temperature at your lay-over is above 85 degrees. I realize it is for his safety. This is Florida! Where in Florida, during the summer are you gonna find an airport where the ground temperature is below 85 degrees? By this time we missed our flight.
So we began brainstorming ideas that would allow us to get our sweet boy to Ecuador. None of which were reasonable. Additionally, we were dropped off at the Orlando so we had no way to reschedule our flight and take him to someone who could care of him. So we stayed at the Hyatt at the airport, hoping we could fly out at 6:30 AM. That meant we had to be in the same long line at 4:30 AM. Again he was denied boarding, because the forecasted temperature in Miami (lay-over) would be above 85 degrees. Needless to say, we were devastated! I cried most of that evening. We had to find transportation back to Titusville.
After selling our house in preparation for this trip, we purchased an RV (used motor home) to live in upon our return. BUT, it was not ready. The fuel line and sensors had to be replaced. It needed tires, etc, etc. We have been homeless since our return to Titusville on June 1st. We have stayed in hotels, friends’ campers, and campers at the dealership. I truly believe God is pruning us to do his work. Maybe not in Ecuador, maybe somewhere else. God only knows. Whatever comes of all of this, I know God will be glorified. The CASA’s Children’s Bible Club in Cuenca, has now ended. Our plans are in the hands of a Sovereign God.
- Pray that God’s will be done
- Pray that God be glorified
- Pray that the repairs on the RV be completed SOON.
After speaking with our church leadership today and going before God in prayer, we have decided to shorten our trip to 3 months then returning to partake in a qualified training program. Then, God willing, we will go on to other places or return to Ecuador. We feel it is in our best interest to heed the counsel of our church leadership,one who just returned from Ecuador. We want to make sure that the Gospel is not compromised. There are situations in Ecuador that may make it difficult for us to stay longer that 90 days.
To those who have donated to our start up costs, you are such a blessing to us. We will be using your donations toward our 3 month stay. At this time we are suspending our fundraising, as we have more than enough to help us get set up for 3 months.
Please know, that we have not changed our minds about serving God around the world. We are committed to that, but want to make sure we are “doing it right”. God will see us through and bring the right people into our life so that He is glorified, because that is our focus…to glorify our God and share His love through the Gospel.
So…we are still very excited about going down, but now we are also excited to go through training.
Stay tuned for our updates!!!
In my last post, I shared that our house back in Indiana had finally sold. Well…we are putting our house here in central Florida up for sale. Our Real Estate Broker thinks that due to our location and how fast things are selling in our area. We could probably get full listing price! Yippee! That is very encouraging!
We have scheduled our first Yard Sale to begin the liquidation of our household Items. Holy cow! We have so much stuff!! We have decided not to price anything and sell stuff for reasonable donations. I pray to God that He will bring serious buyers. I’m at the point where we have no more room in our garage and still have a lot of stuff to get rid of. In fact, we are going to hold a couple of impromptu sales before the official one.
- Pray that we continue to trust God and not become overwhelmed with what needs doing
- Pray for financial backing
- Pray that we can get rid of our stuff.
- Pray that our current house sells quickly.
- Pray that the citizens of Cuenca come to know the Lord personally.
To God be the Glory…forever
God Bless You