We are going to relocate to Lincoln Nebraska. (Beginning of June)
How it happened
We started our second missionary journey by going to support some friends in Lincoln. While there, we were informed that the Mighty Magic Pants – music & entertainment for children – was having auditions. Our friend Ryan Teller is part of the cast. Becky commented a few times that she would love to be part of the Pants. We were told that one of the female members would be leaving and there would be auditions the following week. Becky was encouraged to audition. One of the ladies auditioning had been hand picked to replace the one leaving. Becky was the last to audition. After a couple days of prayer and consideration, Becky got the call. “It’s unanimous, we want you,” They said. In later conversations it was revealed that they were just humoring Becky by letting her try out; they already had the hand picked gal. They told us that after Becky left the room everybody looked at each other and proclaimed Becky the one. Ryan and his wife Tawnya, who were involved in the selection process, said they remained quiet, not wanting to show any bias, but with everyone else talking about how perfectly Becky would fit in, they were able to add to the comments. They all agreed to spend time praying about it before the final decision and releasing the results.
Becky spent an afternoon talking, one on one, to the leader, Mike Mennard. In there talk Becky explained our family ministry. Mike was very impressed and said he was looking for ways to increase and include ministry opportunities to what they were doing. We see a good mesh, marrying, of what God has called our family to, and Mighty Magic Pants.
Since January, following Gods lead, we have been preparing to leave our house – to become full time traveling missionaries – we now understand, in part, what we were preparing for.
We need to sell our house.
We need to purchase an RV Bus.
We need bookings. (mightymagicpants.com)
We need your prayers most of all.
With God speaking to your heart, if you can help us with any of these needs please let us know.
Mighty Magic Pants
Blessings from Down Under
Here’s what God just did:
Sent a family from Australia, to share his love with us.
They had more trouble than usual during their travel. After 30hrs they finally made it to their hotel, Oxford Inn, Chico, CA. They were tired, but the kids wanted to go swimming. Mom, Donna, just wanted to go to sleep but acquiesced to the children and went to relax in the hot tub.
We left Grants Pass heading to Chico, CA to visit Larry and Mary Rose. Larry and I met at breakfast in Shasta a couple months earlier. He is a living historian in that his ancestors founded Roseburg, OR, with his Grate Grandfather being a wagon master on the Oregon trail. The family had personal visits from Chief Joseph. On Tuesday I had called to make arrangements to visit. We would be staying with them Wednesday night through Friday morning. They gave us their address and said to call when we exited 99. I’m thinking about the incredible opportunity for our homeschooled kids. I called the Rose family when we exited. Busy. I called when we pulled up in front of the house. Busy. Their was a locked fence between me and the door, so, I couldn’t knock. We waited a while and called a couple more times. Busy. It was getting late so we decided to get a hotel and find some food. As we drove back to the freeway we passed a Sprint Car racing event. The first two hotels were completely booked. I was directed to check Oxford Suits. Becky suggested I call ahead. CJ, the desk clerk, told us they had two rooms left and offered a discount. CJ then told me the room rate would be even better than quoted over the phone, as we checked in. I was feeling very bummed that we were not able to connect with the Rose’s, even entertaining the thought that we had been blown off by them. We had a bite to eat then kids were eager to go swimming. After playing in the pool, Becky and I made our way to the empty jacuzzi.
It wasn’t long before we were joined by Donna and kids. She shared that they had come for the races, and told of all the trials they had encountered. We were able to share our testimony and adventure for the past few months of missionary work. Donna then announced her understanding of all the delays they’ve endured getting from Australia to Chico, “I would be at the race right now with my husband instead of here meeting you. God had this all prearranged.” We enjoyed each others company till we were asked to leave, the pool was closing. Making our way to our rooms we found out that we were directly across the hall from each other. Again Donna said , “God had this planned, even for us to be neighbors.” We told her that Heidi had picked the room. Donna commented that Angels had been directing Heidi’s decision. Nobody was eager to leave the fellowship, however we were all very tired.
In the morning our family prepared to leave then decided to have one last swim before the 12 O-clock check out time. After the swim, I pulled up in front of the lobby to begin loading our stuff. Walking toward the lobby door I said hello to a man seated by the entrance. Noticing his accent, I asked where he was from. “Australia mate!”
Just then his boy walked up saying,” Oh good! You found him.” This was how I met Craig, Donna’s husband. Craig added that he had been knocking at my door an hour ago and had thought they had missed us, that we had already left. It was like meeting an old friend. We talked as though we were catching up from last time. Then Craig told me that they had decided to send our family to Lego Land for 5 days. (Last night in our conversation with Donna, she said they were going to Disney Land next and asked if we had taken the kids. We told them that we were headed home to Texas and would not make it to Disney this time. I added that we had hoped to go to Lego Land as it was Sammy’s most current birthday wish.) Upon hearing Craig’s comment, tears began to well up in my eyes. He said our wives were talking inside and that I should go talk to Becky.
Our families continued to have fellowship through lunch time. Truly it was a taste of heaven on earth. God had made a divine appointment for our two families to love and encourage each other. We are hoping to see them again in Southern California, before they head back to Australia.
Please pray for their safe travels.
Just A Prayer Away
We were leaving Seattle slightly depressed. Tent camping and the MINI-van were becoming very cramped. We had it in mind to start heading home to Texas. We felt like we needed to refresh, regroup, and find an RV. Before heading out, we prayed concerning a possible stop at the Singletary’s. After prayer we felt at peace to stop by and visit them. It had been fourteen years since we last saw each other so it was a grand reunion! Later we began sharing our story with them, about why we were in the northwest. As we talked about the ways in which God was leading us, they became more and more excited. Then, they began to share their conviction, to open a health/evangelistic clinic in downtown Vancouver. They extended a request for us to stay and help them, claiming God must have sent us and reunited us for this purpose. Lol! We decided to stay and pray with them about what to do next. The kids really enjoyed a break from the cramped van, and more so, having playmates. Their kids are the same ages as our kids. Fun. Fun. Fun!
When we first got here my pain was ignorable for the most part, so they had no idea of what I have been experiencing the last couple years. Then I had several bad days. During this time, Carol began investigating my symptoms which seemed very familiar to her. She had me look up CHIARI Malformation / Syringomyelia. I have at least 80% of the symptoms. Their little boy has this condition.
John also thinks I may have CHIARI Malformation/Syringomyelia. Look up csfinfo.org. There is an indication that it may be a genetic thing. It sounds very much like what my Dad has dealt with most of his life. Maybe even what my Uncle Eli has endured for many years. The foremost neurologist in the world, researching this condition, is in Seattle, at the University of Washington Medical Center. We are trying to get all my medical records, mri’s, etc. sent over. We will be here for a while finding out if this is what’s going on with me. We will have Sammy checked too because of similar issues. If this is what’s going on, there is a surgical procedure that can help relieve some of the symptoms. With surgery there would be a 6mo recovery/therapy period.
Everyone here is thinking maybe this is part of the reason for us ending up here. It is scary to think of surgery, but if we can help Sammy, and I can get rid of half the pain issues, it’d be wonderful.
A friend of theirs has offered to loan us a trailer to stay in while we find out what will happen next.
Please pray that we keep in God’s plan and not be distracted by these other things. (Not sure if that came out right. Hope you understand what I’m thinking.) I don’t want to lay down if I’m suppose to keep walking forward. Funny how pain has become part of my testimony?!
Amazing to think we were a prayer away from stoping by here. A prayer away, from so many blessings. A prayer away, from sharing the invitation to heaven with so many more of His children.
Anyway, thank you for your love and encouragement! It definitely helps us keep going!
Becky is growing tired if being away from home.
My sister needs to find work and home in Cleburne.
Still need RV to care for family.
Devine appointments to share God’s love with more families.
PS. We should/hope to know more about medical stuff in the next two weeks?