Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

In less than 2 weeks we will be leaving on a jet plane...
We are counting down the days with Sophia.  She is super excited to go to Grammy and Grandpa's house and talks about it every single day!  

It has been a wonderful season here at YWAM Kona, but now it is coming to an end.  Next up: Rock Hill, SC and then in April we are going to the Raleigh, NC area for several weeks.  We are looking forward to the next leg of the journey in which we will be visiting family and friends and sharing about our missions work in Brazil.  Jessie finally gets to meet lots of special people for the first time too!

As our time in Hawaii is coming to a close, both Felipe and I are reflecting.  We truly see how God has worked in our lives individually during this short season.

The school of photography has been a special time where Felipe feels he has been refined and defined as a photographer.

It has been extremely beneficial for Felipe to have this season of focusing completely on his God given gift of photography.  It is important to invest in and develop the gifts and talents God has intrusted to us. We do carry a responsibility to be good stewards of the things God has blessed us with (Matthew 25).  Felipe feels the conviction even more to use his gift to raise awareness about children at risk and injustice in the world, giving a voice to the voiceless through his photography.

This season for me has been quite unique. I have been 100% focused on supporting Felipe and being a mommy, with little distraction of anything else.  God has been reminding me and teaching me the immense importance of these roles, as wife and mother. 

God has also been doing more personal and deep things in my heart, bringing healing and speaking truth about my value, worth and identity in Him.  It is like God is peeling back another layer of  my heart (like an onion).  Sometimes this is hard and painful, but also so beautiful and healing.  Knowing who I am as a daughter of God directly impacts my life on every level.  Who I am, the person I am, how I am living my life daily is so much more important that anything I do or accomplish in this life.  After all, I am a human "being" not a human "doing"  :-).
As a family, this time has been super special for us.  We have made many beautiful family memories here in HawaiiEvery other weekend Felipe has had 2 days off, so on these free weekends we have taken picnics to different beaches or gone hiking somewhere on the island.  

One Saturday morning we were even blessed with a boat trip where we saw dolphins and whalesThis opportunity was a God orchestrated story in itself.  A young guy working with a boat company blessed us with a HUGE discount, just because we are missionaries with YWAM.

Through this boat trip, God was fulfilling deep desires in my heart.  I have been obsessed with whales since arriving here -you can read a little about that here.  So of course, I was ecstatic to have up-close glimpses of whales during this outing. Seeing whales is a personal way God has been revealing His beauty and greatness to my heart.

During the past three months God has been reminding us of our calling to work with children at risk and He has been stirring dreams in our hearts, confirming things to come.  It is always exciting when God speaks of the future. We are in Hawaii, but dreaming of how God can use our lives to share His love to those living in the slums of Brazil.  
I saw this quote the other day and I want to live this... 

God has also been increasing our faith by being here in Hawaii.  When we began thinking, praying and dreaming about Felipe participating in the YWAM School of Photography, we saw it as such a HUGE thing!  It seemed financially impossible in our eyes, but our God is a God of the impossible.  He miraculously provided the way for us to come here, and we were amazed.  This whole experience has increased our faith to believe God for the impossible!
Nothing is too difficult for Him.  We will remember His faithfulness... 
  Again we want to say thank you for all who have prayed for us and given financially to us.  We greatly value your prayers and support!  Really, we are so humbled...   If you live in the Charlotte or Raleigh area and want to connect with us while we are in the Carolinas, please get in touch with us.  We would love getting together to talk and visit while sharing a meal or enjoying a cup of coffee.
We are leaving Hawaii soon, but we still have 9 more busy days here.  Felipe has a few classes, we will be saying our goodbyes, packing, cleaning and also this coming Friday, Felipe and his classmates will display their photography in an exhibition.  I hope to share about this here on our blog and also post a day in photos before we fly out next Thursday, so stay tuned...


  1. WOW, Laura! I am looking forward to seeing more pictures! I'm so glad you have enjoyed your time in Hawaii!

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