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Friday, November 9, 2007

.... BIG BIG FAMILY NEWS cont'd...

Many of you know and some of you don't - but we've been praying through a big family decision for the past several months. A while back we felt led to pray about some family changes - we felt like the Lord was taking us in a new direction and having us be open to wherever He was calling us to go. We started looking at different ministry positions and the first one we seriously pursued truly captured our heart and through a LOT of prayer & seeking counsel - we accepted that position last week.

So, as of January 1st - we will be living in Puyallup, Washington - a small town outside of Seattle. We'll be living as house parents at a crisis pregnancy home, New Beginnings, a YWAM-based ministry for young pregnant women with no resources. We'll be working with a team of others (social workers, the directors of the ministry, doctors, & other missionaries) to provide support for them and show them what raising children in a godly home looks like.

We can't even imagine what it's going to be like moving all the way across the county, packing up our lives & starting over... but we know this is something the Lord is calling us to. On top of all that, we're going to be trusting the Lord in a way that is very new for us - raising support to live on. New Beginnings will be providing a lot of what we need but we'll also be raising $2,000 a month and moving expenses that we're estimating to cost around $5,000.

So the next few months are going to be very excited and REALLY hectic. Our townhouse is officially under contract, for a price we feel pleased with. It's been on the market for four months and we just received our first offer today. The Lord truly could not have provided better timing... if everything goes as planned - we'll really start focusing on support raising in the next few weeks, packing up, and we'll close on our house around December 20th. We'll spend Christmas saying goodbye to family in Charleston and we'll head out!

In the meantime, we would LOVE to see, talk, pray, and hang out with all of you before we leave. We'll still be desiring your prayers and friendship over the next few weeks - and especially the next few years! Also - if you or anyone you know might be interested in partnering with us through financial support or hearing more about the ministry we'll be working for, of course we'd love to share!

Again, we're so thankful for our friends, family, & "family" for all you've done and for your continued love & support. We're so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us and all of you!

.... Jessi, Nick, & Elias


Rachand Merchel said...

Praise God - I knew your home would sell all within the right time. So amazing. Love you so much!

Milovy said...

Amazing that you got an offer and it was what you wanted. I am so excited for you.

Nika said...

So excited for you & Nick (and family :)) as you enter this new season. Would love to support you financially in this.

Please email ( or msg me through myspace ( on what needs you have.


Kym said...

CONGRATS!!! Jessi, that is so absolutely wonderful! I am excited (and very jealous) of your endeavor. Seattle/Tacoma/Puyallup is my favorite place on earth. In fact, my sister lives up there and I would LOVE for you to meet her! She has 3 boys, is a stay at home mom and her husband is a police officer in a neighboring town (I can't remember that name ever). Anyway, let me know if you'd be interested in a VERY friendly face/contact in the area. Again, Praise the Lord!!

Kelly H. said...

Hi, you don't me, but I ran into your blog from Candice's (we go to Elevation together). husband I moved here from Portland, OR, but are originally from Seattle, that's where i spent my whole life until we got married. We have some good friends that are on staff at a church (college/young adults pastor) in Puyallup. They are fabulous, kingdom-minded people (and she's an awesome hair dresser!), and I know they would welcome you to town. Let me know if you are interested, I will get you in touch with them! Blessings to you. Kelly Hubatka