Monthly Archives: December 2013

When the time comes….

Luke 2:16-20 “So they (shepherds) hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Family….

We are so excited that as of this moment, the only thing keeping us from France is our Visa appointment on the 31st of December. We can’t believe it. It’s finally here. Looking back on the past 2 years we are full of joy at the way our faithful Lord has proved His desires for our lives. I wish there was a way for me to reach through the screen and hug you, to look you in the face and tell you thank you.  Maybe you have been reading our blogs because you stumbled upon our page or perhaps you are one of our prayer warriors, you could be a financial partner reading this….but regardless as to the specifics, the truth is that God put you here. You are here because you chose to listen to His promptings. Now please don’t stop!

We are so close to a huge transition in our journey. If ever we needed your prayers it’s now. Our teammates are still hundreds of miles away from us and going through schooling and culture shock.

  • Pray that we would be able to bless them with a reprieve when we arrive.

We are bringing Lucas and Hosanna far away from anything they are familiar with, further than ever before.

  • Pray that as parents, we will be sensitive to their needs during this transition. They will be surrounded by a language much different than their own, and just because children learn language faster, doesn’t mean a year in a different world is any less overwhelming.

Our families have parted with us over and over, first to college, then to Mexico, then to Dallas, and now finally to a more permanent mission field.

  • Pray for their hearts to persevere distance, pray for their roles in the life of our family to develop well even over distance. Pray that they would be filled with hope and trust in God’s will.

Our marriage has had its own ups and downs over the past 6 years. We have had many big storms blow through and until this year we were barely hanging on. Thanks to some amazing mentors and counselors we are well prepped and ready for the coming challenges.

  • Pray for our marriage to stay founded on Christ. Pray that we would draw closer to God and one another through culture shock.

We are moving to France as a language preparation for West Africa

  • please pray for the people’s hearts to be readied, and that as we begin working with others who have been there before us that we would be sensitive to their team dynamics and adjust accordingly.

We have 1 year of language training, though it could be less if we learn quickly.

  • Pray that we would absorb the language and culture around us and would learn the language well.

We have prayer partners and financial partners who have blessed us so much with this opportunity.

  • Pray that their blessings would multiply the Kingdom of heaven, and that we would find the remaining 4% of support we need.

We have been given the glorious calling this Christmas season to follow Jesus to many different places around the world. May God’s blessings be evident to you this Christmas and through the coming New Year as He leads you in your own adventures!

Andi, Bart, Lucas and Hosanna

As this Christmas season continues, let’s not forget the incredible purpose behind the bewildering birth of a beautiful baby boy...

Isaiah 53:

  4 Surely he took up our pain                                                  
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all. 

Feels Like Home

I have mentioned in past blogs that one of the incredible blessings about the many times we have moved, is that every place we have gone we have invested ourselves in people. What’s so cool about that?  Well, people have returned the favor. It’s one of the biggest reasons we felt such a powerful peace about going to West Africa. We have people that we love from all around the U.S. and at least 3 other countries, and to us, those people are as close as family. West Africa has missionaries from several different denominations, and organizations that all love Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They work side by side as much more than co-workers, rather, family. They look out for one another, cover each other in prayer and share resources. The Third Culture Kids (Missionary kids) from each different part of West Africa gather together to play and hang out. They grieve each other’s losses, and when someone has to leave unexpectedly, everyone feels it. They offer forgiveness, mercy and love. It’s like what I wrote about in the “Definition of Team” blog.  I’m telling you this to give you some background.

If you’re a regular reader you might remember that earlier this year we were super blessed by an overnight with our teammates, and another family from West Africa. A few weeks later we were able to meet  another family who has been working in West Africa for 15 years. We were so blessed to soak up their knowledge. This family and the Litsey family have truly gone above and beyond to bless us with their knowledge and resources. The family stayed connected with us after the visit. Then we got a very exciting email from them. In short, they are supported by a donor who was interested in the ministry that Bart and I are beginning.  They wanted more information about Pioneer Bible Translators, our family and our finances.  Bart and I quickly pulled together all that we had and sent it. Then we prayed. We knew that the support of this donor could change our timeframe radically. We also knew that God had shown us through the support of the donors we’ve had for the last 2 years that He is faithful in fulfilling His promise. We couldn’t be doing this without that support, the support of our family and the providence of our God.

About 2 weeks after the information had been sent we received a phone call from a secretary who was seeking more specific information about what we needed. “She asked me how much money we needed up front to get to West Africa,” Bart said. “So what did you tell her??” I asked impatiently. “Well, after the math that we’ve done for the monthly donations we have, I added together all of the onetime expenses we have including French Language School, and the purchase of the car in Africa, as well as the resources the Litsey’s are selling us from their house…” “AND?” I pushed. “The sum of all of these expenses is $30,400”.  The next few minutes were quiet. If you added the amount of money Bart and I have made together since we were married 6 years ago, it most likely wouldn’t add up to $30,000. I felt like a college student all over again when they tell you how much you owe and it feels unreachable. Yet there is no doubt in my mind where God is calling us. I also know that the churches provided for Paul as he travelled from place to place, and that he even mentions churches promises to support him and holding them to that. I have no doubts about what we are doing.

Let me take a second to explain that Bart and I have been praying about outright asking supporters to help us cover the cost of French Language School.  The thought of asking a small group of people to cover the $20,000 school costs was a little unnerving.  I am still adapting to having to ask people to support us for our monthly expenses. I don’t think it ever becomes easy.

Then God blew us away.

The donor (whom requests to be anonymous), came on board with a onetime gift of $30,400. This gift means that French School will be paid off, the house full of resources will be paid, and the car we bought from previous missionaries will be paid (it is in WA right now). It means that if we can find an apartment to rent while we are in France, and get the connections made for Visas we will be leaving in January.

We. Are. Stunned.

We are humbly reminded of His sufficiency.

So, again I come humbly before you friends. Please pray for this journey. Pray for our teammates who are in France taking class. Pray for our families as they begin to say goodbye to their children and grandchildren.  Pray for our hearts as we pack up our 9th house and move to France to fall in love with more people. Pray that we, as well as our teammates would find apartments to rent in France. They are living with a French family right now and hunting down a place to stay.

Thank you! For supporting us through your prayers and financial support. Thank you for investing in our lives through your encouraging words, accountability and patience. Thank you.


Thank you for being part of the vital support system of our family as we journey with God on our way to West Africa. If you have any questions please feel free to write to or call us at (765) 506-4413.

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Currently our monthly support is at 62% of our budget.