To this date…
The call of God was made clear to Jackie and myself in April of 2011, and we immediately began preparing ourselves for the work that God had in store for us. We were both already enrolled in Canadian Baptist Bible College and continued with our studies there. In May of 2012, I graduated after four years in the Bachelor of Theology program.
We were married on January 5, 2013 and began raising support part-time in the fall of 2013. That was interrupted by the birth of our first daughter, Amelia Renee on December 24th, 2013. Less than a month later, we began deputation full-time.
Over the next two years, we were on the road between eight and nine months of the year in meetings across Canada, into the United States and even into Mexico. After visiting around 120 churches in those two years, we had raised the full support we were needing in order to begin working in Liberia.
Returning to Manitoba, we began packing a shipping container to go to Liberia. This included our own personal goods, over 75,000 portions of the books of John & Romans, around 3,000 whole Bibles, my own library of over 4,000 books, 50 Bible study sets containing 20 volumes each, as well as purchasing a 30 kW generator and a pickup truck to ship over and use in Liberia.
In order to avoid hassles and delays and unneeded expense when importing our container into Liberia, we opted to hire a company that is authorized to do pre-shipment inspections for containers entering Liberia. An invoice was prepared to begin the importation process, and then our detailed packing list needed to be approved by the head office in Houston. After a couple of weeks of delays, we were finally able to get that packing list approved last Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 and we are now waiting to schedule the actual inspection.
Once the inspection has been scheduled, we can schedule the actual shipment date and time of the container. Then we will arrange a date for our church send-off, book our flights, send off for our visas, and say as many good-byes as we can before we leave. Because we have prepared for this time for what feels like a very long time, we are very excited to be able to make these final plans in the coming days. Uncertainties, doubts, fears and nervousness will still have to be faced, but we are looking forward to the day that Liberia becomes home indeed!