This week’s ROOM contributor is also our newest additions to our ROOM Family, Joey and Kellie Weed! We are so excited to have them, as well as their beautiful son, Connor, join our team in Honduras. They will fill instrumental roles for our organization and we cannot be happier to know that they will soon bring fresh eyes and fresh energy to our team. Please pray for them as they continue to prepare to obey the calling the Lord has placed on their lives.
When we first answered the call to serve with ROOM in Honduras we really didn’t know what to expect. We knew it would probably take around a year to get things in order; sell our house, learn Spanish, fundraise and prepare mentally and spiritually for what was to come. We wanted a plan, a step 1, 2, 3 with dates and everything, but unlike planning a wedding or having a baby, there isn’t too much google has to offer in the way of preparing for the mission field (trust me, we’ve searched it). So here is a glimpse of to what the past year of preparation has looked like for our family.
In the past we’ve prided ourselves in what WE have worked for. How much security we built up in our savings account or how many years until our house would be paid for. We would trust God with our money and knew if we were faithful to Him, He would provide, but just in case we had a backup plan. Little did we know the freedom that would come with truly surrendering EVERYTHING to Him, trusting that we will live with no promise of a paycheck come Friday. Knowing that we are not trusting the people who have committed to sponsoring us (we are so grateful for you), but trusting that God will provide. With giving away everything we had, God has proven His faithfulness by blessing us even more than we could imagine in return. God sent us confirmation by providing financial support for us.
We didn’t know our exact timeline, but we knew we needed to sell our house before we could make the move to Honduras. One of the things I love most about my husband is his extreme faith and trust in God. He said from the beginning we weren’t going to put our house on the market, because God was calling us to Honduras and He would sell it for us. I would have gone the old fashion way and put up a “for sale” sign, but we tried it his way. 4 months went by and nothing. Out of frustration he tells me he’s getting a “for sale” sign to put in the yard. I agreed, knowing he wouldn’t. I came home from work that day to see no sign in our yard. His response, “God will sell our house when it’s time”. The very next day we met the people that would soon buy our house. The details on how things have worked out from that day are amazing, but a little lengthy. God sent us confirmation by selling our house.
How do you explain to your three year old that we are leaving behind everything he’s ever known to serve children in Honduras (which he thinks is located where Texas is on a map)? Although we’ve done our best to explain it, he can’t fully understand what’s to come. He’s comprehended it to be “we are going to Honduras to help the other kids because their parents went home.” In his innocence, he can’t understand that there are children without a daddy and a mommy, but he is excited to love and help them. God sent us confirmation through our three year old who has the loving heart of a servant.
I wish we could say that this year has been the easiest. People tend to think that Pastors, Church and Ministry Leaders, Missionaries are so close to God that the devil can’t reach them….WRONG! The deeper we seek God, the more under attack we are by spiritual warfare. We have seen evidence of this in our marriage, our families and our friendships; even relationships with some of our closest church family. These aren’t battles that we can win on our own. They are battles that have to be fought by the One who already won the war. God sent us confirmation by strengthening our marriage and family and preparing us to trust Him even in difficult situations.
There are days driving down the road tears just fall. They aren’t necessarily tears of sadness or tears of joy; just tears of emotion. Tears of fear of the unknown, tears of excitement of what’s to come, tears through prayers for children I’ve never met and tears of anxiety for things that I can’t control. But there was a day I thought I was stressed to my max, where I knew I couldn’t do it on my own; God led me to Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you in Christ Jesus.” God sent us confirmation through His Word.
We are so thankful for everyone that God has placed in our lives for such a time as this. Our families and church family support us, encourage us at just the right time, cover us in prayer and love us every step of the way and. We have been given great mentors in who walked this path and are real with us about what to expect and warnings to help keep our family and ministry strong (because YES the devil is on the mission field too). We have also been blessed with an amazing Spanish teacher who has made it her ministry to teach us. When we get to Honduras, we already have family there, excited to welcome us. God sent us confirmation through loving people all around us.
We have come to the conclusion that the reason there isn’t a “Preparing for the Mission Field: For Dummies” book out there, is because it isn’t a check list, it isn’t the same for everyone and it isn’t by our own means, but by GOD! For our family, preparing this past year has been ups and downs, but filled with full confirmation that we are doing exactly what God has called us to do. We are so excited to serve with the ROOM family. With 2 months left in the States, we ask for your prayers that God will continue to orchestrate our preparations in His timing.
To learn more about the Weed family check out their Facebook page.
To support the Weed family financially, check out their Razzo Page.