新年快樂, Or Happy New Year! It’s actually tomorrow, the 3rd, but in China right now, it is tomorrow. Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday celebrated in China. It takes place on the new moon of the first month on the lunar calendar.
This week also marks the 2 year anniversary of this blog. We started this blog when we were anticipating being matched with our little girl – who would be from China, not from Vietnam as we originally expected.
A lot will change for us in the new year. Monday was our last day employed by Campus Crusade for Christ. We are starting off on a new venture now – one that includes one of my least favorite things: coffee. Good think Keith likes it. It has been his dream since his college days to run a coffee business, and with the economy as great as it is right, we decided now is the perfect time! Ok – so in reality it may not look like the perfect time to start a business, but God seems to be guiding us and we are following.
In the last couple years we have slowly come to realize that college ministry wasn’t the right fit for us. Our personalities and made it hard to constantly engage with students and our passion for orphans was growing. We persued some orphan ministry options within Crusade, and outside of Crusade and every time had the door closed in our faces. So, we waited. When last fall came along, the giving to our ministry was finally hit hard by the bad economy, and thus our salary was cut significantly. We diligently prayed for the Lord to guide us. He slowly gave us peace about leaving Crusade and opened some doors for Keith to head down this road to a coffee business.
We not totally crazy in pursuing this – Keith has received the advice of many in the industry who think his ideas would be successful. There is very little set in stone at this point. Keith is trying to secure a location right now (not too far from home), which is the first thing that must happen before we can move forward.
It was sad to say goodbye to Campus Crusade. Our staff team in many ways has been like a little church family to us. They have prayed for us and encouraged us and we’ve all walked through a lot together. We really respect our team leaders and will miss their leadership and example. The staff environment is truly an AMAZING one to raise kids in, and the kids were sad to say goodbye to staff. Thankfully, we’re not moving away, so our friendships can continue, but it is still a hard change.
This is all a little scary for us. We aren’t really risk takers, and yet when I look back on our lives, I wonder if maybe we are. We both spent a year overseas in strange lands after college. I even went all the way to Siberia – that’s a deffinite risk even to personal survival! Then we decided to become full time missionaries in our area (the least churched place in the US), and raise our own support. God brought us through that – so He’ll bring us through this too. Never the less, we would love your prayers for wisdom and provision.
Thanks and Happy New Year!