We Don’t Call it a Journey for Nothin’

Our road to the field has been long and bumpy. I guess that’s why we call it the Janzen Journey. Other words like trip, jaunt, spree, or excursion, just don’t seem to describe what it takes to move to and work in a developing country on the other side of the world. Even words like move, change, or relocate, don’t do it justice. It is a journey—sometimes hard and sometimes joyous.

Pioneers photoWe were told when we first applied to Pioneers that it takes most people 1 – 3 years to get to the field. Our journey really started over 30 years ago when we each felt led to this type of work, but it has been exactly 1 year since we were first appointed to Pioneers. Now, we are almost ready to go. That doesn’t mean we are nearing the end of the journey, but it does mean we are nearing the next leg of the journey. We are anxious to announce to you that we’ve bought our tickets – but we’re not quite there yet. (We will buy our tickets when we are 90% funded).

As we near our departure time and things are speeding up, it seems like there are a few more bumps and potholes in our road. We’ve even experienced some detours along the way. Through all the trials of the trail, we know we are not alone. Just this week, when things seemed especially difficult and discouraging, we received an email from one of our church partners letting us know that they pray for us on Monday evenings. The timing was perfect, and that is just one example of how we get a dose of encouragement when we need it.

What’s around the bend?

We think we are about 2 months from departure (but our timing is really in God’s hands). Before we go to our final destination in East Africa, we will spend some time in North Africa where we will focus on language learning and cultural orientation.

Here is the short version of our to-do list for the next 2 months.

  • Empty the house of everything else. (Probably by way of a big yard sale in early July).
  • Pack and store things we may need someday.
  • Find 2 people to go with us for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Attend a few more conferences and trainings.
  • Teresa needs to transition out of her job.
  • Finish up some paperwork–update will, arrange for mail, insurance, etc.
  • Find financial partners to pledge monthly gifts for our last 20% of support.
  • Pack our bags and buy our tickets.

Thank you for traveling with us on the Janzen Journey. I know this has been a long road and many people wonder when we will leave. We are so grateful for all the people who have supported us with their time, prayers, rides to the airport, encouraging notes, gifts, dinners, connections, and finances. We know we are not alone and we are so very grateful.

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