Edmonds Family Update 6-26

Good Tuesday morning to you all!  Amy and I sincerely hope that everyone had a great weekend and honestly a wonderful start to the week.  This past week for us has been challenging.  Both Amy and I are adjusting to me staying at home and being around the kids all the time.  We have different ways of doing things with the children and naturally we both think our ways are best, so that leads to some “discussions.”  We are adjusting quickly though.  Also, we are adjusting to living with my parents.  Making this adjustment to being at home in my own house would be one thing but in my parent’s house is something totally different.  But again adjustment is happening quickly.  Fortunately the kids LOVE being at Grandpa and Pepa’s so that has been really great.  We are so blessed with wonderful children and a great family to care for us during this transition.
To try and serve my parents, we have been outside A LOT.  We cleared my parent’s lake view, planted a garden, cleaned their back patio, and generally updated some landscaping.  This week we start organizing some stuff inside and getting ready for a HUGE yardsale with all my parents’ “stuff they have accumulated through the years” or I would say “junk”.  Busy but very rewarding times.  We are trying just to serve my parents like Christ serves us.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus to them in this ministry location now!
Quick God stories
  • Amy and I needed to find a CPA to help with international tax stuff when we go to Belize.  We had NO idea where to start.  Well come to find out that my mom and dad’s next door neighbor is a CPA and has been helping them with my grandmother’s tax stuff for years!  Praise God!
  • Amy and I were looking for a church family here in Winston.  Amy had followed the “story” of one of her elementary school classmates and she was part of a church in Winston Salem.  We went to that church on Father’s day and were thoroughly excited about the atmosphere, people, kid’s ministry and teaching.  The first person that we met was their mission’s pastor and then I heard that most of the people on their “core team” were from Anderson South Carolina and studied / interned at New Spring Church!  Those who know me very well, know that I have a HUGE man-crush on Pastor Perry Noble and New Spring Church!  In addition, Amy hit it off with a group of women from the church and is attending a women’s small group TONIGHT!  Praise GOD for this church family!
  • Amy and I sold our Acura on Saturday.  While there I was talking with the employee, we started talking about missions and the Old Testament and the merits of the Old Testament.  It was just an incredibly joyous time of encouraging one another in the unlikely place of Car Max.  The individual even asked if he could receive our updates!  Praise God for this divine appointment and it is just another example of how He is moving ahead of us every step of the way!
Praises / Prayer Requests
  • Belize 
    • The summer trip season is in full swing and God is doing some AMAZING things!  Continue to pray for God to use the Praying Pelican Mission teams to radically impact Belize for God’s Kingdom.  Pray specifically for boldness among team members in sharing the Gospel and for 1000 Belizeans to surrender their lives to Christ this summer!
    • I fly out one week from Thursday.  I am exceptionally anxious right now.  Pray specifically for my nerves, as I am anxious right now.
    • Pray for Pastor Ed that we are partnering with my first week.  Pray for 500 kids to attend the vacation bible school and pray for 1000 people to attend a block party at his church.  Pastor Ed is a friend of mine and I am honored, humbled, and overwhelmed to serve his church this week!
  • Financial Support
    • Praise God we are over 100% supported!  Thank you to all of our supporters.
    • We ARE CURRENTLY LIVING OFF SUPPORT so if you haven’t started to give, now is the time to start please!
    • Also, we are fundraising for next year already.  If you haven’t financially supported us yet and would like to, it is never too late. Message me for details!
  • Personal 
    • Praise God for community for Amy.  Pray that the community grows tonight as Amy attends her first women’s life group with Revo Church!
    • Pray for strength in our marriage.  We are getting away, just the two of us, for a night at a B and B in the Mountains.  Pray that it is refreshing and relaxing.
    • Both Joseph and Madeline are sick.  Please pray for immediate healing!
Thank you for all that you do for us.  Your prayers and notes of encouragement are priceless to us!  Please write when you can, your encouragement is nourishment to our souls!
Because they haven’t heard,
Edmonds Family!

Update 17-Jun-2012 “Come Back with a Story”

First and foremost, Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s, grandpa’s, and great-grandpa’s out there!  Today was a great day in our house as Amy and I went to a new church here in Winston-Salem, hung out with my dad, and then got to go and see Mama Teetle and Papa Jay (my grandma and grandpa!).  I am so blessed to have been raised and influenced by the mighty men of God my dad and grandpa are!  I pray I can be that influence to Madeline and Joseph.
So I titled this email “Come Back with a story.:”  When I was in college, my roommate, Andy, and I would tell each other before some turning point or life-changing decision “Come back with a story”  The phrase was used when Andy left to go abroad the summer after our sophomore year, after we each broke up with long-time girlfriends, when Andy went to business school and even worked its way in to each of our Best Man speeches. It’s a phrase of expectation…saying go out and expect something great and by all means come back and share the story.  After this past weekend of packing our household goods to be shipped to Belize, leaving Holly Springs, stopping work, and moving in with my mom and dad, I can think of no better phrase.  The Edmonds Family continues to step forward on this journey and we most certainly will “Come back with a story”.
Israel Houghton says “the atmosphere of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.” When we expect and pray for God to show up, He delivers and miracles happen.
I was just reading Moses and the burning bush and thought about expectation being the breeding ground of miracles.  God tells Moses to lead His people away from Egypt and Moses has every excuse in the book.  He is afraid of Pharaoh, he stutters, people are mad at him, etc.  God tells Him in no uncertain terms “I will lead my people out of Egypt, expect big things from me and celebrate the miracles”  I pray that as Amy and I move more forward in our journey to Belize that we do not dwell on our excuses but instead in prayer eagerly, earnestly, expectantly beg God to show up and show off in Belize!
My deepest prayer is the story we come back with and continue to share is the story of God’s miracles we get to witness in Belize!

Quick Logistics Update:
  • Last Thursday – All household goods were packed to be shipped to Belize.  Next time we see those will be in Belize in September
  • Last Friday – Josh’s last day of work at Merck.  It was bittersweet and honestly emotionally overwhelming.  I am overwhelmed that I am pursuing EXACTLY the thing that God has designed and called me to do.  It is surreal!
  • Yesterday – We moved in with my mom and dad in Winston Salem for the summer!
  • WHEW….busy busy times!
Praises / Prayer Requests
  • Belize 
    • The summer trip season has begun.  Pray for God to use the Praying Pelican Mission teams to radically impact Belize for God’s Kingdom.  Pray specifically for boldness among team members in sharing the Gospel and for 1000 Belizeans to surrender their lives to Christ this summer!
    • Begin to pray for me as I will be leaving July 5th to lead two mission teams in Belize.  Pray specifically for my nerves, as I am anxious right now.
  • Financial Support
    • Praise God we are over 100% supported!  Thank you to all of our supporters.  We will begin to live off of support very soon so if you haven’t started to give, now is the time to start.  Also, we are fundraising for next year already.  If you haven’t financially supported us yet and would like to, it is never too late. Message me for details!
  • Personal 
    • Pray for instant community in Winston Salem for Amy.  We moved away from all of her closest friends in the Triangle.  Pray this new church provides a lifegroup / community group to where Amy and I can get plugged in immediately!
    • Pray for patience for our family and my mom and dad.  It’s not easy transitioning to more people in your house or living in someone else’s house.  Pray for a smooth transition and for this to be a great time of fellowship and shared excitement / joy!
Thank you for all that you do for us.  Your prayers and notes of encouragement are priceless to us!  Please write when you can, your encouragement is nourishment to our souls!  We can’t wait to share with you what our future holds.  Honestly, we can’t wait to share with you God’s story we are a part of in Belize!
Because they haven’t heard,
Edmonds Family!

Recent Family Pics

Things have been REALLY busy for me as we are packing, moving, having people over, etc.  But I wanted to drop in some recent pictures from our adventures.  Saturday’s are family day and that usually means a trip to a park, playing outside, and of course, swimming.  Hope you guys enjoy!

Edmonds Update 6-3

Hola!  Como Estan?  I have been practicing my Spanish because although English is the official language of Belize, they also teach Spanish in schools.  I desire for our whole family to be fluent in Spanish very soon after we move.  Amy has taken on to teaching Madeline and Jojo Spanish which means they are watching a lot of Dora the Explorer!

 

Anyway, we do have several new people added to the prayer update list over the last few weeks so I wanted to take a moment to orient everyone.  I try and start these update by being witty (usually in vain) or a quick observation.  This is followed by what’s been going on in our lives with the move to Belize, followed by how the Lord has been teaching me and finally praises and prayer requests.  For the history of our updates and cure pictures of our kids check out Amy’s blog at https://edmondsadventures.wordpress.com/

 

Moving Logistics Update:

We are currently in the process of getting quotes both on international freight shippers and movers.  I thought we would pack and move ourselves but with two small children and not a lot of time…that’s just not going to happen.  Pray we find the right movers and freight company and that the quotes are reasonable!  Pray for wisdom and discernment!

 

On a lighter note, our social calendar has been filling up.  Our small group from Hope Community Church threw us a surprise birthday / going away party last Wednesday.  It was awesome to see that group of people one more time before we left.  We also have been eating dinner with people almost every night before we move to Winston.  We want to see as many people as possible, so if you need to get on our schedule in the next two weeks, email Amy ASAP!

 

How God has been teaching me:

I wanted to read through the Bible start to finish before we left to Belize, so I found a Bible in 90 days reading plan from You Version (as an asideYou Version is AWESOME because we don’t have smart phones, I was stuck in the 1990s for a long time.  If someone would have told me about You Version I would have purchased a smart phone a LONG TIME ago).

 

Anyway, I was reading today about Noah.   Genesis 6 says that “The Lord saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil. And the Lord regretted that he made man…it grieved him to his heart. … But Noah.”

 

I read this and it hit me.  God saved all the Earth because of the righteousness of one man.  God brought salvation through the righteousness of Noah.  Noah’s walk with the Lord saved the Earth.  People look at Central America and see the drugs, crime, orphans, and poverty and it may grieve them.  Some may even think that Central America is useless and should be wiped out.  Start all over.

 

But Belize

 

Think for a minute.  What if Belize was the key to Central America?  What if the way that Belizeans walk with the Lord transforms their communities, their cities, their nation, and their part of the world just like Noah?  What if through Belize, God is able to bring salvation to all of Central America? I am begging God for this radical of a transformation in Belize!  Beg Him with me.

 

Praises & Prayer Requests

  • Belize: Summer trips started on Saturday.  Pray for God to bring his redemptive grace to Belizeans every where this summer.  Pray for 1000 people to come to know the Lord this summer.
  • Financial support raising:  PRAISE GOD!  We are at 101% funded for $2500/month goal!  This is money either given or pledged.  God has literally blown us away.  He has exceeded all expectations and prayers.  We are still fundraising to build our account for the next year and to cover people who may not be able to fulfill their pledge.  If you are new to this update, it is not too late to contribute to our mission in Belize financially.
  • If you are considering partnering with us financially, please contact me.  Amy or I would love to share with you how you can partner with us in ministry.
    • Spiritual Warfare: Madeline is still having trouble sleeping.  Not sure what is going on but continue to pray for God to ease her nerves / anxiety.
    • Transition Logistics – We are moving on June 16th to my parent’s house.  There the kids will sleep in the same room.  Pray they transition well, and pray that Amy and I transition well to living at my parents for the summer.  Pray for our marriage. Pray that we are able to use this time at my parents to build up a bank of quality relationship time before we move.

 

Thank you everyone so much for those of you who read this and have committed to supporting us through your prayers.  We are so thankful and encouraged by your uplifting words, notes, emails, tweets.  Please keep them coming!  We love you all!

 

Because they haven’t heard,