We’ve come to some decisions about the next steps in our journey!
Long-term, we are planning to remain with YWAM Canada. We have some vision for what we will do, but we are letting that develop slowly. We are aware that launching into these ideas will be a significant challenge, and we know that our perseverance and hope are not up to these tasks yet.
We are planning to return to Rwanda at the beginning of next year – our visas expire in March 2019, so we will be spending some time in Rwanda before that.
In the meantime, we have been considering what to do. Although we are not up to big challenges or responsibilities, we are able to serve someone else’s project for a while: to spend our days working and serving without having to carry the burden of vision and leadership.
We set out some major and minor parameters for what we wanted (meaningful service, opportunity for growth, and emotionally safe/healthy people we could work closely with as we continue to heal, a space of our own where we wouldn’t have to set up house, etc.), and then laid out the options as we saw them. We asked questions and sought advice from people we trust.
And the outcome was somewhat unexpected! We have good friends in Pennsylvania who have been working towards starting a church for several years. In September, they will be launching… so we talked to them about coming in August and spending the fall and part of the winter helping them.
One of the hangups was housing – but someone from their sending church had a tiny house, and needed a place to put it – putting it in our friends’ driveway will give us a space of our own to be in, while still being nearby to do all the daily things we want to be available for.
We also wanted to take this chance to see if there is anyone out there who would be interested in supporting us financially, especially over this next year. As YWAMers, our income comes from people who are interested enough in what we do to give dollars towards it. It is much easier to raise support towards a specific vision or project, and right now we are without those things. Some of our previous supporters have been supporting us specifically because we have been working in Rwanda, and we want to release them with our blessing. However, it is certainly much more expensive for us to be living in North America! So: while one-time gifts are certainly welcome, we are hoping for people who will support us monthly for the next year or so, while we are serving through this transition time.
If you are interested, you can find practical information here. If you have further questions, you can also feel free to contact us.
We are really looking forward to this next phase. It feels good to have a decision made, to know that we will be staying in one place for a few months, and we are certainly excited to be working with people/a project we believe in!