The desire for overseas missions isn't something that suddenly came into my heart either. I wanted to be a wife, a mother. For some reason or another, I associated missions with singleness. I have no idea why. But anyways - a baby step: after graduating from a program at a local college I decided to do my practicum in another city, away from my family?! Shortly after moving away... and I mean shortly, within a week in fact, I met the man I would marry. Eleven months later, we were married. Missions was still not on either of our minds. We wanted to start our family and begin our lives together.
Our application photo to MAF in 2009 (sorry baby wasn't looking forward.)
After having our fourth baby we began our language training, as Madagascar is a French speaking country, and then when he was 7 months old, moved to Madagascar. In all, we spent 2 and half years praying and preparing for this huge move.
MAF Headquarters in Nampa, ID, USA
Despite the challenges of living in a foreign culture, and 3rd world country, God is blessing our family by giving us eye-opening experiences stretching our worldview. We feel so privileged to serve here: an extension of our local church in Canada.
So what about you? Has God been kindling a desire for something for Him that you never imagined you would ever desire yourself?! Watch out, He is powerful, and He can do amazing things in your life.