We started out normal enough. Just a daddy, a mommy, a little girl, and a baby boy. Dan was a corporate software executive. I stayed at home with our little ones. Life was good and busy and our plates were full.
If someone had told us back in 2006, at the time this picture was taken, what our lives and our family would look like in 2014, we’d never have believed them. In our defense, this is a rather drastic difference:
Nearly five years ago, Dan founded SixtyFeet with a group of Atlanta businessmen. They heard about the needs of imprisoned children in Africa. They went to see it for themselves. And they were forever changed.
In 2012, Dan left the corporate world to run SixtyFeet full-time. For the last two years he’s served as the ministry president, based in the US but making frequent visits to Africa. But this is about to change… Today our family boards a plane and heads to Kampala, Uganda on the other side of the world. Dan will assume the position of Interim Director for SixtyFeet Uganda, while the ministry waits for just the right person to permanently fill this position.
We are honored and privileged to meet this need. We’re thrilled to introduce our children to a country we love and to people who have become like family to us. We’re so grateful to the many generous souls who have sacrificially donated in order to send us. So please don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say…
But this move to Uganda is not an “adventure” for us. It’s our life.
Over the last few weeks, countless people have remarked to us on what a “great adventure” this move will be for our family. But the reality is that this entire thing ceased to be an adventure to us long ago. For us, SixtyFeet is our everyday life — whether we’re doing it here or in Uganda, it’s just an ordinary part of what we do. We’re not going to Uganda to ride elephants, or visit the Nile. We might do those things while we’re there — but the reason we’re going is to serve imprisoned children.
It’s easy to romanticize life on the mission field. It sounds like exciting, exotic work filled with mountaintop experiences and close Jesus encounters. And sometimes it is all those things. And sometimes it’s not. It’s just like everyday life, no matter where you live.
For those of you not moving to Uganda, or reeling from a recent mountaintop experience — for those of you simply living the quiet, ordinary, everyday Christian life…
L.B. Cowman, author of Streams in the Desert, says this: “God’s promises and his providence do not lift us from the world of common sense and everyday trials, for it is through these very things that our faith is perfected.”
For those of us (our family included), who are not living the adventurous Christian life, let’s together be encouraged in knowing that the work of holiness and sanctification is found in the ordinary. Regardless of our geographic location, God works with us, shapes us and grows us in the everyday stuff. Embrace it. Spend time with your kids, drive your carpools, meet friends for coffee, work faithfully at your job, prepare meals for your family — and feel great about those “ordinary” things. That’s where most of His important work happens.
We’re moving to Uganda. You’re probably not. But we’re both part of His plan. Your call and our call are no less worthy. Within God’s economy there’s room for people who go, there’s room for people who send, and there’s room in between.
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