What does a life well-lived look like?

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My grandfather used to say, “It’s a long road that never turns.”  I can see what he meant, because I’ve been on that road before.  But that is not the road Ashley and I are walking now.  We are walking a path that is full of turns, full of uncertainty, a road that has high risk but also (I believe) high reward.

This is a journey that challenges us to reconsider what Jesus meant when he said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 16:25).  To consider what “losing life” actually looks like.  For us, it means leaving behind the only world we’ve ever known — a world of comfort, security, and success. It means reimagining what a life well-lived actually looks like.  It means uprooting our children from the only world they’ve ever known and moving across the country to an Indian Reservation to live out God’s call on our lives.

As Ashley and I move our family closer towards this exciting (and, yes, terrifying) adventure, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and family — from those we have known a long time, to those we have only just befriended.  It occurs to us that this journey is not just ours alone.  It belongs to everyone who has walked this path with us to this point in our lives together.

And, so we hope you will join us.  Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated, as are your commitments of financial support.  Please know that your love and friendship has brought us this far, and they will see us through.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and we love you.  We our looking forward to seeing where this grand and holy adventure leads us all!

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