We are a simple couple called by God to live a radical life in Borel, Haiti.
But how did we get here??? The simple answer is, “by God’s grace.” The complex answer is “through a whole lot of signs and affirmation…” not to mention a bit of kicking and screaming. What can I say? Some of us are slow learners.
In winter/spring of 2011, God started impressing on Bim that “you have more than you need; you can live more simply.” We lived the life where we had no money to take our kids to doctor’s appointments. We lived the life where we thought nothing of dropping money on frivolous things. It seemed that the right answer was somewhere in between.
In the fall of 2011, a friend from church suggested that Tim read the book “Radical” by David Platt. Long story short, it rocked Tim’s world. We aren’t given a choice about helping others; we are COMMANDED to do so. How and where we do that are the variables.
Fast forward to March 2012… a simple mission trip to Borel, Haiti, right? Tim was excited to go; Bim didn’t have a good reason not to go. So, we both went. During the trip, we learned that there was a need – a need for a couple to step in and head up a clean water initiative. Our immediate reaction was, “We’ll do it!”
OK… not exactly. On the contrary, we pretended not to hear about the need; and we didn’t mention it to each other. We pretended everything was hunky dory and went about our life-as-usual routine for about a week, when it was put in front of us by way of an email from the Director of Project Help-Haiti.
Darn. That meant we had to pray about it. And when we pray, we hear from God. Darn. Again.
In praying through the decision, we couldn’t ignore the obvious:
- Tim was approached about selling his business “out of the blue” which left us free to move if the need arose.
- Two hours after selling the business, Bim learned that the position she’d been working in for 3 1/2 years was ending. Although she still had a job, it would be a step backwards. Blech.
- The position required someone who could manage staff and payroll. Check.
- The position required someone who was good at relationships and teaching/training. Check.
- Our parents are (relatively) healthy and we don’t yet have grandchildren.
- We have experience living in another country/culture.
- We’re fairly adaptable people.
- We have been so richly blessed, we long felt a need to give back. Not out of obligation, but because we want to.
- Check. Check. Check.
But why us? Why now? How could we walk away from a secure salary and great benefits in a tough economy? Especially to go to Haiti?!?! What would we do with our house? What would our kids say? (Actually, we knew they’d be our biggest supporters… and they are.) How would our parents react? Are we insane?
The funny thing is… these questions don’t seem so insurmountable when you walk in God’s grace and follow His plans, which we know are good (Jer 29:11).
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me (us)!” (Isaiah 6:8). And you know what? There has been PEACE and provision that has blown us away time and time and time and time again.
So… that is our story in a nutshell. It may not make sense to some of you, but the beautiful thing is, it doesn’t have to. We choose to find comfort in a line from Henry Blackaby’s book Experiencing God:
“The call of God isn’t always easy or conventional, but it is always right, and God will give us the courage to follow if we are willing to obey.”
A radical couple? Nah… it’s just us.
A radical calling? Not as much as you might think.