James and I have been praying for a long time for discernment about when our time in Costa Rica would come to a close. From pretty early on, we both felt that this was not a life-long calling even though that was something we were open to. Now that we’ve been here for over a year and a half, we have both started to feel like the work that God called us to was coming to fruition and at the same time coming to a close. Through a lot of prayer and discussion, we’ve really come to feel like we are supposed to be here through June of 2015 (6 months longer than our original commitment) and then God is calling us on to something else.
It was not an easy decision to make, but makes sense for a lot of different reasons. James will be here to teach the upper-level science courses until the Befuses (the permanent missionary family at the school) return from their furlough, we will be here to help any of the La California students who get a scholarship transition to our school and just be a familiar face, James really wants the time to “perfect” the curriculum he’s been working on, I’ll have time to really get some ideas in place at Hogar de Vida with international fund raising.
We talked to the school about extending our time because we wanted to make sure that they were interested in actually having us for more time 🙂 They have said that they would love for us to stay on and that they had been praying for something like this to happen during the Befuses’ furlough, and we feel like that was a real affirmation for us.
We have been so generously supported during our time here that we sat down and crunched some numbers out of curiosity this weekend. If giving continues to average through December 2014 as it has for the past six months, we will have accrued a surplus of support money that will be enough to cover all of our expenses for the additional 6 months. If that is the case, we will not need to ask any of our supporters to extend your financial commitment another six months, just your prayers.
We miss our families, friends, Harpeth Hills, and Bering Drive like crazy and can get kind of teary thinking about being this far away for additional time, but we feel like it is what God is calling us to for so many reasons. Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to this new time frame. We are happy to answer your questions or talk with you about this decision if you would like. And as always, thank you for loving us so well.
Savanna (and James)