A wise friend of ours once said [of following God’s call],
“If you can’t get there by plane, take a train. If you can’t get there by train, take a bus. If you can’t get there by bus, get a bike. If you can’t cycle there, walk. If you can’t walk, lean!”
This month we learned that we’ll be leaning towards Angola for a little longer. We understand that the process of inaugurating Overland Missions under the Angolan government as a religious organization is not where we thought, and is likely still several months away from being finalized. We imagine that this new delay will add around 4-6 months to our time in Portugal, but of course, as with all things connected to this mission, everything is subject to change!
The scripture “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9) has always been a bit of a mantra in our marriage. We usually start the year with an outline of goals and events, and then watch in awe as those organic plans inevitably form and re-form over the following months. As we received this update on our immigration status for Angola, we are reminded that our time in Portugal has been the embodiment of this scripture!
The words of our wise friend ring in our ears as we find ourselves leaning towards Angola with everything we’ve got! We’re leaning into creating teaching and discipleship materials for our ministry in Angola. We’re leaning into serving the local community we live in presently in Portugal. We’re leaning into raising the remaining funds for the new vehicle needed to operate in Angola. We’re leaning into learning all that we can about the people groups and culture in Namibe, Angola. We’re leaning into prayer and into study of the Word. We’re leaning into God’s goodness and His purpose for our lives.
Soon we hope to have our feet back on Angolan soil. But for now, we lean towards it, confident of the Lord’s will, provision and timing.