Many have asked about our next steps and when we will actually be going to Brazil. Well, here is what needs to be done in the next few months before we go.
1. Wrap up things in Saline, LA. As I've mentioned before I believe, we would LOVE to have a place to come back to on furloughs and such. The best place to have that place, as far as we can see so far, would be in Saline...kind of a good home base. For some, having a house here in the States would be a little frivolous. But, for several reasons, we feel the need to at least explore the options...one being that we were actually strongly advised and encouraged to do so by a missionary there in Brazil. Also, it just seems that it would be so practical for us specifically since we will most likely have a jillion kiddos. O.K., maybe not a jillion, but too many to just stay anywhere with anyone. Not quite do-able with a slew of children, all ages. But, we'll see...just going to look and see what opens up to us, if anything.
2. Find and set up everything with a "sending agency." This is a group/company/church that would basically handle the finances, etc. for us. It is much more involved than that really. But, another thing that must be done and set up through a series of meetings.
3. Raise support.
4. Get together a "packet" of information about Asas de Socorro and our involvement there to share with friends, family, church groups.
5. And, of course, last but not least...we are to add another baby to our family in the next 5 weeks. So, that will take some time out of our schedule too. :)
These are just some of the big things that need to be done...along with many small things. So, maybe you can get an idea of how we are just not sure how long these things will take, or the timeframe in which we will work on each. But, we will just let you know what we are up to day by day. It will be a fun time of continuing to just "play things by ear."
Please continue to keep us in prayer concerning all of these things. We are very excited to see how everything unfolds.