“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” … And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Numbers 13: 26-29, 32-33
Early on in our marriage I kept on praying that Katie and I were “the children of the promise.” At the time I didn’t really think anything of it, other than it seemed weird. It wasn’t a phrase I had used a lot or ever remembering hearing anywhere, it was just something that came to me.
Over this past year I have begun to understand what God was preparing me for.
Here is a crash course in Israelite history, for those of you who don’t know. The nation of Hebrews were started with Abram (later to be called Abraham) and a promise. God promised Abram that if he left his family and everything he knew, God would give him a great inheritance, descendants that outnumber the stars and the most beautiful parts of the land, the Promised Land. What followed were hundreds of years of wandering and no place to call their own that ultimately ends in slavery in Egypt. While in Egypt, the children of Israel grow greatly in number but it appears that God has forgotten them.
Along comes Moses, the man sent by God to free the Jews from their slavery and lead them to their promised land. The problem was that it wasn’t exactly the express lane! After narrowly escaping Pharaoh’s forces at the banks of the Red Sea and wandering in the desert for 40 years, here they stand at the border of the promised land. The children of the promise are standing at the edge of their home. The home promised by God. Finally, a home of their own.
There is only one problem … there are giants in the land!! No one counted on giants. After everything they’ve been through they can’t believe it. Moses sends 12 spies into the land and 10 of them say it’s impossible, but 2 remain steadfast knowing that God has promised them the land. Caleb and Joshua stand up in Numbers 13:30 and proclaim the promises of God: “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
This is what it means to be “the children of the Promise.”
Katie and I have been through our desert. A journey through heartache, BODYache, turmoil, and strife… clinging only to the fact that God has called us. Now here we stand, our little family and our ragtag group of supporters (if you’re reading this that’s YOU), at the edge of the promised land. Nine days until we leave for Thailand and the reports are coming back… there are Giants in the Land! We haven’t found a home yet. Visas have cost more than expected and included a trip to Dallas we didn’t plan for. We haven’t found a car, and they are much more expensive than we planned. Unexpected baggage fees. There is still medical debt looming… all of them are Giants.
BUT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE.
Katie and I stand here with you and say that we will take possession of the land and we can certainly do it. God has promised us this.
I’ll be honest though, we need some Giant Slayers to come with us. There is not a doubt in my mind that we WILL do this, it is mostly a question of how and who will accomplish it. As we sit on the eve of our departure we ask you to pray diligently to help us slay some of these giants. You may be able to bring down all or part of some these giants and we hope that you would be willing to (or perhaps even someone you know so please SHARE this information). Here’s where we stand:
$2800 for a car
$800 for baggage (UPDATE: Giant Slain 2-27-15)
$3800 to United Hospital
$1300 to Allina Clinics
$950 to Summit Ortho
$800 to Colon Rectal Surgery associates
$3000 for Year Long Visas
All of these were unexpected expenses when we started this journey, but we stand here without fear that God will deliver and provide, because the truth is we are going either way, March 6th 11am.
There may be Giants in the Land, but we are the Children of the Promise and we will lay hold of the call God has for us.
Thanks so much for your support, both emotionally and financially. We cannot do what we have been called to alone. It is each of you that make this possible.