Packing Our Lives into Four Suitcases

How do you begin to pack your life into four suitcases? What do you pack, ship, sell and leave behind? These are the types of questions we are beginning to process. Over the last few months, we have been busy preparing to move to the Philippines. This has included getting physicals, visiting the eye doctor, dentist, making countless lists, and filling out seemingly endless paperwork. We’ve also had the privilege of speaking in churches, small groups, and meeting with individuals. Two weeks ago, we also had a garage sale and were able to get rid of many things we won’t need or be able to use in the Philippines. All of this has made the next chapter of our life very real. This of course is exciting, but also overwhelming at the same time!

Now that we are getting closer to leaving for the Philippines, we’ve been asked many questions. We thought it would be helpful to share some of our most commonly asked questions:

Q: When will you leave for the Philippines?

A: Although we have not purchased tickets yet, we are hoping and planning to leave late July. We recently received our final document required for our missionary visa, and can finally begin looking at flights.

Q: How are you on your support?

A: We are at approximately 86% of our needed monthly support. We’re almost there!

Q: What will you do once you get to the Philippines?

A: We will begin our field orientation, which will include roughly a year of culture and language study. During this time, we will live in a rural area which will help facilitate quicker acclimation into Filipino culture.

Q: Can you ship things over and how long does it take to get there?

A: Yes, we can ship boxes to the Philippines. Because there are so many Filipinos living in America, there are a few companies that specialize in shipping to the Philippines. We will ship several large flat rate boxes (no weight limit), which will take roughly 2-3 months to arrive on a container ship.

Q: How long will you be overseas?

A: This is a difficult question to answer. Our desire is to live in the Philippines long-term, but returning home for brief furloughs approximately every two years.

Q: How can we pray for you?

A: We appreciate and need a lot of prayer! The next few months are going to be an emotional rollercoaster for us. – We need prayer for transitioning out of our comfort zone of American culture and into Filipino culture. Our families also need prayer as we’re all stepping into uncharted territory.

– We will be facing many health challenges living overseas. We are both still trying to rid ourselves of parasites we contracted on our two-week trip back in October.

– That we will make a positive and Godly impact on our team, locals, and everyone we come in contact with.

– To continuously grow throughout this process in our walks with the Lord.  “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5