For many months, I have been alluding to big changes in our family. I have shared the fact that we plan to move to The Philippines and into orphan ministry but have been deliberately quiet about the details.
Mainly because we wanted to be 100% certain this was HIM and not US.
And because our organization's web site had to be prepared and tweaked before I could share it with anyone.
And because I would NEVER want to put something out there that people may feel led to support financially until I am sure it is what it claims to be, the doctrine behind the organization is square and they are good stewards in every way.
So, it is finally time for me to share the details of the project God is calling us to.
Our name? The Bartimaeus Project (Mark 10:46-52)
Headquarters? Littlestown, Pennsylvania
Our "Job"? Traveling to various orphanages to work with visually-impaired children, evaluate them for possible hosting in the US for free surgery and (hopefully) a chance to find their "forever families".
When Will We Leave? Lord willing, by March or April 2013
Where Will We Live? In a rental home somewhere around Metro Manila . . .yet to be determined.
Will the Whole Family Go? Yes, even our high school graduate! We are thrilled!!!!!!!
How do you feel about such a big move? I'm excited, scared (they have such BIG BUGS, BIG RATS and we will not use air conditioning in our home there -electricity is 3X the cost there as in the US).We have a lot to get used to. Mostly, I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!! When God calls, the desire to obey Him over rides any fear or hesitation. The fears are there but they pale in comparison to the chance to walk in the full life that He is offering.
When will you come back? We don't know. Maybe a year, maybe never. We are planning to rent out our house and not sell but that is mostly so our children can have the $ someday.
What do you need?
We need prayers most!! We also need many, many Believers to partner with us financially to accomplish this BIG THING. You will feel a part of something wonderful, I promise! And the Lord blesses gifts given in His name to work much for His kingdom. His economy defies logic sometimes but always leaves me grateful I gave.
Right now, the organization is conducting a "Red Envelope Challenge". Basically, you go the web site, click on "Red Envelope" and pick an envelope (they are numbered 1-500). Whatever number is on the envelope, that is how much you donate. You can choose #22, #4 or #500 . . . whatever you feel you can do! Please take the challenge!!!!!
Next, we need families to partner with us monthly to keep us afloat while we are in the field. Even a small monthly donation is effective. Money goes much father in The Philippines and resources like food and medicine can be purchased so inexpensively.
Finally, we need friends to champion our cause. Will you spread the word? Will you consider talking about us on Facebook? To your church leadership? In whatever sphere of influence God has given you?
You can find us at : www.bartimaeusproject.org
Help us help children . . . for the sake of good news of Jesus!