I guess this journey started in the summer of 2011, when Shane and I both felt God telling us to quit grad school. This was particularly hard for me, but I knew it was God’s will. Now the day I quit is now one of the proudest moments of my life. It was a jumping off point, I think. It was my step of faith off the hamster wheel of life.
Shane and I had been praying for God’s will and direction for our lives. We talked about sensing a calling to something, in some place that was not here, but we didn’t know what or where. Our lives were open and waiting for God to tell us the next step.
In January 2012, our church announced a short-term missions trip to San Francisco, and Shane felt the Holy Spirit strongly telling us to go. We signed up in faith (after some major confirmation!) even though we didn’t have the money for it. Then, after submitting the application and paying the deposit, I received an unexpected bonus check in the mail for the exact amount of the missions trip. I don’t think I have ever been so amazed or excited in my entire life. All God asks of us is obedience. He will take care of everything else.
All God asks of us is obedience — walking in faith. He will take care of everything else.
Before we even left on the trip, Shane said he thought this might be a bigger calling, that maybe God was calling us to move to San Francisco permanently. It sounded absurd to me, and I sort of brushed it off. We had never even considered moving to San Francisco before, and why would God take us so far from our families? But we did pray for God’s will to be done, and for Him to make it clear to us.
Our first short-term missions trip to San Francisco in 2012.
Over the next six months we prayed and fasted about this, and God answered our prayers. Through verses and sermons and gentle whispers, the Holy Spirit made it clear that we were supposed to move to San Francisco. So, we took another step of faith in May 2012 when God told us to sign up for a six-month Discipleship Training School through YWAM SF, the organization that we had worked with on our first trip out there, that took us around the world and back.
That’s us in a Thai school.
Megan getting jiggy with it at a Thai neighborhood party.
The tuition was much more than we had in the bank, but, guess what? God provided it all. Some of it came up front, from selling our stuff, and from friends and family. But some of it came just a few nights before we were supposed to leave for Asia. Shane and I and our friends were on our knees in a basement in San Francisco, praying for the thousands of dollars we still needed to come in. And it came. I’m starting to cry now as I remember it. Every few hours throughout that night and the next day, our DTS leader would come up to us: “Three hundred was just donated anonymously to your account…five hundred…a thousand dollars just came in for you and Shane.” We still don’t know where it came from. Well, it came from God!
After we finished DTS, our church asked Shane to lead the annual trip to San Francisco. We both felt I was supposed to go too, that we were a leadership team, but the church could only pay for one leader. So, again we signed up without having the money to pay for my portion of the trip. And, I kid you not, the day before we left I got another check in the mail, from the same company (which I hadn’t worked for in over a year) for the exact amount of my portion of the trip. Pause to absorb that. Yes, it’s crazy.
That’s us with our awesome team on our second short-term missions trip to the city.
So, basically, we have learned that God will provide the money that we need to do what He’s calling us to do. I’m not sure how he’s going to do it this time, but I’m so excited to watch him work! We know God has the money somewhere, in someone’s bank account (or in many bank accounts). If it’s not you, don’t worry about it! But if He is asking you to help us — partner with us — with money or prayer, He is inviting you to participate in the ministry we will do, and to share in the rewards we will reap from it. It’s pretty cool how God calls some of us to work in offices, some of us to work in homes, and some of us on the mission field — but we all work together. The Body functions as one!
It’s pretty cool how God calls some of us to work in offices, some of us to work in homes, and some of us on the mission field — but we all work together. The Body functions as one!
So, if God is calling you to partner with us, please contact us today.