Now we will be packing for 3!
We are excited to announce that we are expecting! Angela is 13 weeks pregnant and doing great. We are humbled, anxious, and honored to be bringing life into this world. Many of you know that the road to starting a family has been a long and painful journey and we rejoice all the more for this huge blessing.
We know that the Lord will continue to provide for us as He has so far. This incredible news also comes with a couple of changes and we deeply long to get to Bogotá before our precious baby makes his/her appearance.
– With the anticipation of a new little one, our budget is increasing proportionately to be able to care for a family of three.
– To comfortably move and get settled before baby is due August 24th, we would need to move by the end of April which would be during Angela’s second trimester.
We still need to get to 100% of our new budget before we can leave for Bogota. To do this, we need families like yours to pledge to give monthly or annually. We are honored to have donors that support us from $10 to $400 per month and everything in between. Here is an overview of the remaining monthly need.
So please pray with us. May the Lord continue to bless the precious life He has blessed us with. May the Lord continue to provide for us so that we can move to Bogotá in this tighter window. Finally, may we have faith to believe that HE can do these things and so much more!
With great anticipation,
Ross and Angela
I just wanted to start off this post with expressing our joy and thanks for all of the ways that God has provided our needs during the support raising process. We understand that we would not have the support that we do have without Christ’s tender mercy and grace. I also want to thank all of you for your love and support through prayers and finances. God is using you to send us to the foreign mission field. There is a phrase that I say often when we ask others to join us in this ministry. God may not have called you personally to go, but He has called you to be personally involved. Thank you for caring and for being involved.
We have been raising support for the past two years. If you asked me two years ago if I thought we would still be in the states at this point, I would have told you absolutely not. That option is not in the plan. We will be in Bogotá in a year and a half, max, and that was timeline that I wasn’t extremely comfortable with but it seemed reasonable and safe. Well, here we are, two years down and we are so close but not quite there.
It’s a funny feeling to be this close. We are at a point where we need to start to get prepared to leave but we aren’t sure when that is going to happen. If you know me, you know that makes me very uncomfortable. I need to know the timeline. How long are we talking about here? One month, two months, months? Knowing would make things a little easier.
Many of you have talked with us about how raising support has been going and we have been honest with you. “It’s going well, slow, but God is providing.” As most of you have seen the frustration in our response you have given us encouraging words of resting in God’s timing. Thank you for those words, but honestly, sometimes it doesn’t help. It’s hard to be in this position, fully relying God to move others to provide our needs through their sacrifices and generosity. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially when we come from a culture that teaches us that, if we want something, we need to work for it and not ask others for help. It is also hard when we come from a culture of immediate self gratification. Like that commercial says, “It’s mine and I want it now.” Sometimes I feel like; “God you have called us to do this. Why aren’t we there yet? What’s taking so long?” I’m the kid kicking and screaming in the back of the car on a road trip. (Feel free to call me a brat.)
Being in ministry, I feel like we have these undue expectations put upon us. We are supposed to be encouraging and uplifting at all times. We can never struggle with things or have doubts about what God is doing in our lives. Basically, we can’t be people. Now I know that not everyone feels this way, but it does happen.
Here it is, Missionaries Struggle, Pastors Struggle, and You Struggle.
One of my biggest struggles right now is understanding why it is taking so long for us to get to the mission field. I thought that we would have been in Bogotá a long time ago. I wasn’t expecting to be at 81% in January 2015. I wasn’t expecting to still be trying to make appointments with churches and families to ask them to join us in this ministry. I was expecting to be doing ministry in Bogotá.
Now, I understand and believe that everything happens in God’s timing. And he has ordained the things that have happened and the way they have happened. We would not have met and made some amazing friendships that have been some of our biggest support and encouragement if we were in Bogotá right now. We would not have been able to be here during times of family crises. I see where God has been merciful to allow us to be here during those times. He is and has been very gracious to us during this time.
I just ask that you pray for us. Pray for me as I struggle through wondering why it has been taking so long. Pray that I would fully rely on God’s timing and His provision. It is something that He is walking me through on a daily basis. Of course some days are better than others. Yesterday, while struggling through this, Christ showed this verse to me. God spoke to Habakkuk concerning a vision in chapter 2 verse 3. “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end-it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” God does not delay, he provides exactly when he means to provide.
Thanks for reading,
We end 2014 with an array of emotions and many blessings. Though our emotions can range from gratitude to frustration to everything in between, one thing is for sure. The Lord blessed us greatly in 2014!
Here are just some of the blessings from 2014:
- Worked with Gary Elliott (MTW missionary in Bulgaria) who has been giving us additional coaching in support raising.
- Increased in monthly pledged support from 24% in January to 78% at the end of December.
- Attended our final and month long training in Brussels, Belgium.
- Gained many new friends through our training that will last a lifetime.
- Grew closer with our church family at Christ Community Church.
- Were able to visit with many churches and friends.
- Were given the opportunity to workout with some skilled coaches who have whipped us into shape.
- Attended our agencies area retreat and were able to worship and commune with other dear missionaries serving in Latin America and Africa.
- Were able to be with our families through some hills and valleys.
- The Lord has continued to strengthen our marriage and draw us both closer to Him.
- SO many more!
Yes, this past year has had many struggles and trials. In fact, our overall goal to move to Bogota was this past August . . . and we are still in GA. There are many things that have been a source of frustration and heartache but God is faithful!
In all, we know and rest in the fact that God is faithful and that He does and will continue to provide for us. We pray earnestly that we would be able to move to Bogota soon and join the work He is doing there. We long that God would continue to bring us closer to Him. That we would seek Christ more than anything else in this world. We long for the blessing and brace ourselves for the trials that are to come. Bring on 2015. We are eager and expectant for what is ahead!
We just launched a campaign with Bonfire funds to help us raise money for our missions work in Bogota, Colombia. All proceeds and extra donations will go towards our missions service and will help get us to the field.
Click to order your shirt(s) now. The fundraiser is open until Thursday, October 23rd.
What is available for purchase?
You can purchase our design printed on a shirt of your choice. Shirt styles available include: standard unisex, ladies, youth, long sleeve or hooded sweatshirt. All shirts will have the front design and our los Floyds logo on the back. Pricing differs per style so see website for details.
The front image was designed by Ross himself and is the skyline of Bogota against the mountains which overlook the city. The mountains are the colors of the Colombian flag. We desired a design that would be interesting and that would cause someone to ask about it. This way by wearing our shirts, you can help us tell our story!
How does it work?
We are selling our shirts through a company called Bonfire Funds. They are a great company that help individuals and non-profits raise funds and awareness through creating the framework to sell and print t-shirts. One of the awesome things about the way the company works is that they will only print the orders that are received. This means that there is no extra inventory (or financial loss) to worry about.
To do this, effectively there is a start and an end date for the fundraiser. There is also a minimum amount of shirts that need to be sold in order to go to print. If the minimum amount of shirts is not sold by the end date, then no shirts are printed and no funds are collected. For our fundraiser we set a minimum of 50 shirts. We would LOVE to sell about 100+!
When will I receive my order?
Assuming the minimum shirts are sold, you will receive your order approximately 2 weeks after the end of the fundraiser. For this sell, the end date is October 23rd. Orders will be shipped directly to you from Bonfire Funds.
Overall, this is a practical way for us to raise some additional needed funds for our missions service in Bogota. If all goes well, we would love to design and sell t-shirts a couple of times a year. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.