I’m hoping that by now most of you have gotten some insight into our heart and intentions for the future, even if you (like us) might be a little foggy on the details.
Let me share with you some of what we are planning, and some of our ideas for our future directions.
Long-term, we will be working with discipleship in a way that is in line with our overarching vision statement. We also plan to remain with YWAM in a full-time capacity.
For the next few months, we will be travelling, specifically with the intent of connecting with people who were directly affected by Beatrix’s death. Many of our friends were witnesses to the accident, and returned quickly to pressures of full-time ministry. We are hoping that our visits will provide comfort and inspiration to our friends and colleagues. We are also expecting to be comforted and inspired ourselves. In June, we will attend a gathering with the leaders of YWAM Canada.
We haven’t made any firm decisions about what we will do long-term in regards to being in Rwanda. Being here has helped, but we still don’t feel ready to either close the door to coming back, or to commit to continue serving here. We are working towards putting things into a holding pattern here. We are planning to return at about the same time next year (before our visas expire), and will make a decision by then about what we will do.
For the last 6 months of 2017, we are planning to stay in one place and serve with an existing (probably YWAM) ministry. There are a couple of places that we think would be a good fit – where we could slip in and be useful (yes, I am looking at you, YWAM Vancouver). However, we are very aware that the next few months might show us a better opportunity, and so we are travelling with eyes and ears open for opportunities to serve.