For those of you who aren’t intimately familiar with our lives, we decided before Jude was born that we were going to follow God’s call to serve in the country of Moldova for two years following Josh’s graduation from Bible college. Jude was born in February 2009, and four months later we moved to live back and forth between our parents’ houses for three months before leaving for Moldova in September.
Because of Moldova’s visa requirements, before we got our green cards, we were only allowed to stay in the country for three months, and then we had to be out of the country for three months. So in December, we packed up and moved back to our parents’ houses for three months. Back to Moldova in March, we lived for three more months in our tiny apartment on the camp property where the school is. Then, on May 20th, we moved down the road into our current residence where we are house and dog-sitting for an American family we work with who are back in America on furlough for eight months. We have now lived here for five months.
Whew! That made me tired just typing all of that, much less living it.
So why have we put our son (and ourselves) through so much moving and instability? Because Josh and I resolved a long time ago to follow God’s call no matter what, and we know that this is what he has called us to do. Throughout it all, we have clung to Matthew 8:20- “And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’” When we follow Christ, he doesn’t promise us a life of ease and stability. What he does promise us is that, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).