One question we've heard several times over the past couple of days is, "Why are you guys waiting until August to move?" That's a fair question! Here are a few of the major reasons:
1.) It's really tough to move to Calgary in the winter time. When we move, we will pack up a uhaul and drive it the 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers - sorry, I have to practice!) between Lakeland and Calgary. Obviously that would be tough going during the winter months.
2.) We have many things we still need to do in preparation for moving to Canada. We need to sell/rent our house, close Amber's business, find housing in Calgary, and more. (Not least of which is buying LOTS of winter clothes!)
3.) We want to soak up as much time as possible with our students and church family at Medulla. Selfish? Perhaps. But we are moving to a place where we know about 6 people IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, so I don't feel guilty about enjoying the friendships God has given us!
4.) We need to establish partnerships with individuals and churches. Our first goal before we leave is to gather a minimum of 80 people on our prayer team. Committed prayer support is our biggest asset! Please visit www.FollowUsNorth.com/partner to register as a prayer partner today.
We also need to raise some funds to ensure we can live and work until our new church gets off the ground. We will have another post soon that details our financial needs (or you can view them now by visiting the "financial partners" page on our website and downloading our church plant prospectus). The short version, however, is that we have currently raised about 64% of our necessary funds (with verbal commitments for more). This means we are already very close to hitting our year one financial goals! You can help by donating any amount, one-time or recurring, via check, credit, or debit at FollowUsNorth.com. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and we receive 100% of what you send. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
There are other reasons we are taking the slow(er) route to Calgary, but ultimately, we simply want to be sure that we set ourselves up for long-term success!
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’" Luke 14:28-30