I absolutely loved Devyn’s last blog titled “1 Month Countdown.” She was real and honest about her experience of mourning in this season. So so good, and I think necessary for people to know about it. From my viewpoint, having grown up overseas, I thought this part would be a breeze for me. Funny that the opposite has been true.
I have also had a hard time thinking about soon leaving so much behind in Houston: the community that surrounds us on a daily basis, the comfort and warmth of our first apartment, the ease of calling up a buddy to go jogging and grabbing a burger at a local joint, and of course Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A (heyo!).
On the other hand, I am overcome with God, knowing that He has called us to Peru for a huge purpose of sharing His love tangibly. Just knowing that God has our next “life assignment” in Peru is so exciting. I know He will meet us there and stretch us in crazy ways. I mean if you were told that your next step towards an amazing purpose-filled life was around the corner, wouldn’t you get up and go? Aaaah!
Every once in a while, I catch myself wondering what our life will look like in a month. How many llamas will be there? Will there be fountain Coca-Cola? How many times will I be tempted to find a McDonalds? How green will it be? Will the ceviche be as good as people say it is? How easy will it be to find community? How hard will it be to learn the indigenous language? How easy will it be to navigate public transit? How fast will I fall in love with the local culture? How fast can we break the “tourist barrier”? Will I change the way I dress? How hectic will the hospital be? And on and on.
These are all good questions and I can’t wait to find out the answers. It kinda feels like we are about to step off a cliff into the unknown. Crazy.
I am most excited about the Peruvian people: I can’t wait to get to know them, to show them love and be loved by them, to meet the people that we will soon be in community with, sharing joy and crying with. It is such an honor to be able to go there and be accepted to serve in their community.
When Devyn and I imagined what this season would look like, we never imagined that we would have so many people praying and investing in our journey! With that said, we are so grateful to have such an amazing big family that is willing to come with us and invest in us. Through your prayer and finances, through spoken words of blessings and encouragement, we definitely feel the love y’all. Know that we are not taking any of it for granted. We are so humbled and honored and want you to know that you are a CRUCIAL part of this journey to bring the love of Jesus to Peru through our footsteps!
As we get ready to fly out, Devyn and I are so aware that we are leaving a big part of our hearts back in the States, because by no means do we intend to leave THIS community in which we are planted. We promise to stay connected and keep you plugged in to everything that God is up to in Peru. We hope that you may be strengthened through our stories, that we may sharpen each other, that you will be encouraged to seek out God’s amazing purpose for your life.
Finally, we hope you have a great and merry Christmas with family and friends, full of love and laughter and happy tears. Just know that the future is brighter than ever as God’s love is an ever-present, all-surrounding kind of love!
"…and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’" – Matthew 1:23
Merry Christmas y’all!
Julian and Devyn