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On Our Minds
January 27, 1986
Were we supposed to wait on God and keep waiting? Or were we supposed to grab His hand by faith and go forward with Him? We had already been delayed a year and a half. We were ready to leave home, friends, church, city, and launch out into our preparation for our calling to be missionaries to Japan.
Dan and I agreed that we are to begin planning to go to Elim.
We also believed that there is wisdom in counsel.
…in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:17
I asked Jeanette, Betty, and Bev to pray. Dan had already talked to several men and is talking to pastor right now. May Pastor Dave have the discernment from Jesus to guide us, the foresight, the faith, the courage necessary to release us or not, as God Himself wills for us. Amen
Pastor advised Dan to go into pastoring–to find a church or plant a church–not go to school. But he said he would support us whatever we choose.
We kept praying and seeking God.
We had dinner with Norm and Marge. They paid for the baby sitter. $12. We found out that they know about Elim and the Spencer family (founders). They are excited for us! They encouraged us and prayed for us. We were very lifted up in our spirits.
Our Pastor agreed with the district supervisor that we plant a church. They believed Dan was ready to minister and not in need of further schooling.
Norm and Marge agreed with Paul and Karen–that we begin planning to attend Elim.
In hindsight we were doing a bold thing to step out in faith and trust God. And we have done many bold things since.
We had just received a letter from Elim requesting: $75 fee, reference letter from our pastor, phone interview with their Dean of Married Students, list of indebtedness while attending, and our means of support while attending the school. We replied and mailed it.