“It’s all in God’s timing” is something that we hear often. Many times, it’s a phrase that drives us absolutely bonkers!! It is one of the hard quotes to believe at times. In August 2014, this is exactly how we felt. There are many times that we don’t exactly share 100% of our frustrations. We don’t share how or what we are feeling. We don’t share the hard times we face being missionaries. We don’t share the hurtful things that come into our lives. When we left for the States in August, we were completely exhausted- emotionally and physically. We were BROKE. We had been hurt to our inner core by a circumstance that had happened here in Nicaragua. We left for the States not really knowing what to expect, but just that we needed to “get a break”. As we travelled from state to state trying to raise more support for the feeding program, building project (feeding center) and for our future youth building, we began to get discouraged. You see, before we left for the States, Tim and I secretly had a “number” in our heads we wanted to come back with. While the churches in the States were FABULOUS and really poured into us, we were so focused on what we needed to accomplish while in the States, that we became overwhelmed when we didn’t see those things being accomplished. When we arrived back in Nicaragua, we were hit with another blow, the youth building we wanted so badly became unavailable. We cried about it and really wept over everything that had happened over the past couple of months. It was then that we fell to our knees and we began praying extra hard and long. We began to question if Cristo Rey was even where God wanted us anymore. Was God calling us in a different direction? Was God not answering our prayers/wants because He was trying to tell us something different? Did we do something wrong and that is why God didn’t want to bless us anymore? All these questions and so many more….As we continued to pray, God breathed upon us a renewal. A reminder that His ways are perfect. A reminder that He is ultimately in control and that this was His ministry. A reminder that our wants aren’t necessarily His. A reminder that because we want it NOW, doesn’t mean He’ll give it to us NOW! It was in quiet that we were finally at peace with where God wanted us. We would continue to work in Cristo Rey. We would continue to run the feeding program. We would start the youth program. Anything beyond that was not important! Well, a month after we returned from the States, we received an email from someone in the States. He wanted to know if he could send some money for Christmas in Cristo Rey. Well, ABSOLUTELY!! We’ll never tell anyone no if they want to send money. He sent a lovely amount. A couple of weeks later, this same man emailed us again and said He really believed the Lord wanted him to give more. He asked us what our needs were. We shared with him that we desperately needed a feeding center. That the tents we are using were falling to pieces. Without hesitation, he said he would send another check in the mail and to cash it as soon as we got it. We thanked the Lord for the money that was being sent. We thought, a little seed money to really start fundraising for the new feeding center was exactly what we needed. Two weeks later, our accountant texted us and asked us what he was supposed to do with the check. We said, DEPOSIT IT! He said there was a problem because the amount of the check was over our limit for deposits in one month. Tim quickly got on the phone. He asked our accountant how much the check was for, when he told us, Tim literally dropped the phone and I started to cry! At that moment in time, we knew exactly this is what God was trying to tell us the last couple of months when we were so wrapped up in what WE WANTED! God’s timing is PERFECT! His WAYS are PERFECT! Fast forward two weeks later and another family from the States contacted us and told us they wanted to send money towards the building project. Again, we were completely BLOWN AWAY! God is so generous! God was working in these two families lives way before we ever went to the States in August. You see, both families NEVER heard us speak, share the stories of our two years here, nor never heard our needs while we were in the States. They simply listened to God!! Now, hold onto your seats. You remember earlier, when I said that when we left for the States in August, we had a number in our head of what we wanted to raise?? GUESS WHAT!?!?! The amounts combined that these two families gave was EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER! God is SOOO AWESOME! And for an extra little added humor, God laid it on our home church’s heart to collect an offering on Christmas Eve. The families of our home church collected an INSANE amount to be used for our ministry needs! SERIOUSLY! GOD IS AWESOME!! With all that being said, we wanted to share that YESTERDAY, we broke ground for the new feeding/youth center and new kitchen! As tears fill our eyes we are reminded of: Ephesians 3:17-21: “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is SO GREAT you will NEVER fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now GLORY BE TO GOD! By HIS MIGHTY POWER at work within us, he is able to ACCOMPLISH infinitely more than we could ever dare to ASK or HOPE! May HE be GIVEN GLORY in the CHURCH and in CHRIST JESUS FOREVER and EVER THROUGH ENDLESS AGES! Amen”!