Hi, friends! We hope you are well. We are moving at lightning speed trying to get everything lined up to move in March. Still so much to do!
Our last couple of weeks have been filled with going through every piece of paper and photo in our house. It’s been emotionally draining to see so many of our treasures fill the recycle and trash bins. But the up side is that we have been able to read old letters and remember so many friends that we have made through the years. We are also excited that this is truly a new day for our family. And we know that for everything we have been giving up, God’s goodness will replace those things with more of Him and other heavenly treasures along the way. So it’s been good, but rather painful.
What’s in a name?
And here’s a fun piece of news – we named our ministry! Josiah’s Covenant. It’s a kind of long story, so to be brief we knew that Josiah was to be in the name because of some dreams and things people have told us through the last 3 years. Then as I was reading about Josiah’s life in 2 Kings 23, the word “covenant” stood out to me.
“Then the king (Josiah) called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.”
I love how Josiah renewed the covenant with God and so did the people. We know there is more God will show us about the meaning of the name, but for now we know that Josiah was a wonderful leader of Israel who followed God. And he became king at age 8. We are going to be working with children, and he was a leader as a child. We also believe the girls we will be pouring into will be leaders from their youth.
So why the bee?
We wanted something for the logo and stumbled upon the bee by mistake. But we also feel that it’s symbolic of what God wants to do in and through Josiah’s Covenant. Here’s a quick peek at what we like about bees.
“The honeybee is known the world over for its industrious production of honey. It is the symbol of work, creative activity, busyness, cooperation, obedience, orderliness, employees, and diligence. The phrase ‘as busy as a bee’ is commonly heard. The honey it produces is a symbol of wisdom, rebirth, and positive changes in spiritual or moral direction and temperament” (source ChristStory Bestiary).
As we think about how our farm will run, we see everyone playing an important role, as every family member plays an important role within families, and as every bee plays an important role in honey production. These girls will become our kids, where we love them, educate them, give them responsibility, and we work together to produce an outcome. Our farm will be like a hive, where together we produce “honey” and “positive changes in spiritual direction.”
One more reason we like the bee is because we feel like moving to China is a dream come true – our Promised Land. Of course the Promised Land in the Bible was a land flowing with “milk and honey.”
Thanks for your continued prayers as we close down this chapter of our lives.
- We are finalizing our papers to get our visa. This has been a long process and still not complete.
- We are meeting with some country leaders in San Francisco the end of the month. Kevin will meet with a leader of a large orphanage in country, and Allison will meet with a pastor of a large church to nationals living in San Francisco. We are excited about both meetings as we increase our networks and open doors for us in country.
- Please pray for our hearts and relationships during this transition. While we are excited about this new adventure, it is sad leaving so many great friends.