Of course, many people are wondering how this affects our plans for France. It does change things a little: we've decided to make our scouting trip sooner and shorter. We leave August 23—in one week!—and will be staying in Saint Hippolyte du Fort, France for the month of September. There, we'll work with YWAM Bridges of Life, a mission base dedicated to hospitality, worship, and training disciples of Jesus. We are very excited to join this community for the month, and are praying about moving there for long-term service after baby is born.
This is a season of intense transition for us—moving countries, changing work, becoming parents—and we are relying heavily on our community for support. If you'd like to help, here's a few things you could do:
1. Have coffee with us. It's really wonderful to be around friends again, and particularly those who listen well. We've been through a lot these past two years, and we really appreciate people who help us process that. We're also really far behind on a lot of your lives, and we'd love to hear how you're doing.
2. Pray for us. As we travel, I definitely need prayer for health. Our last road trip landed me an infection, and I really don't want to repeat that experience. We also need prayer for spiritual refreshing, discernment for the future, parenting wisdom, and provision. If you're praying for us, let us know! We're always encouraged knowing that you're covering us.
3. Send us hand-me-downs. We would love to have gently-used baby clothes (gender neutral, please), maternity wear (particularly for winter, size M), and other parenting essentials. We'll also have a baby registry up soon, but we're just as happy with pre-owned items, particularly if you're looking to pass them on.
4. Support us financially. We're currently living on about $700 of monthly support, which covers our very basic needs. However, with travel expenses and baby expenses in the mix, we really appreciate extra donations. We've used our own savings to pay for our plane tickets, but if you want to support our mission to France, we're looking to replenish about $2,500. You can partner with us via Comenserv, Paypal, or a check straight to us.
We so appreciate all the ways that you guys are already helping us. We've received several kind notes, generous checks, and fun baby gifts in the last few months, and they've always made our day. We aspire to be the kind of people that you want to support—whose work you can truly get behind—but we also love that you love us when we're tired and weak and just plain needy. You're wonderful. Thank you.
Liz & Sam