Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone of you who has been praying for us these past two weeks! We could tangibly feel your prayers and knew that there were dozens of saints lifting us up! We received the news from JAARS yesterday. We are approved to work as an aviation maintenance technician (after we get two years of maintenance experience) but we are not approved to serve as a pilot/mechanic. Bummer. We have had a lot of emotions and thoughts running all around in our heads.
We are disappointed. I thought that I was doing well. I knew that there were areas that needed improvement but I felt the total body of work was what they are looking for in a pilot/mechanic. It is hard news to hear. What now? Do we get a job as a mechanic for two years and then try to serve as a missionary mechanic? What is God telling us through this?
We are sad. We know that God has led us to this point. We have made some sacrifices and plenty of plans for the future, but now we don’t know where to go. What do we tell all of you who have been praying for us and supporting us along the way? We feel terrible that so many people have sent us gifts and provided so that we could complete school, but now we don’t know what the future holds.
We are relieved, in a way. The TE was an incredibly difficult and exhausting process. We had a lot of fun and we enjoyed meeting so many amazing servants of God, but it was not an easy two weeks. (Especially when Adelina got sick during the second week and couldn’t keep anything down.) It is good to be done.
We are excited. After we received the news we drove back to our apartment and sat in the car. I was going to drop Jessica and Jeremiah off and then go for a drive, weep for a while, and ask God what happened. Right before Jessica was about to get out, I felt the peace of God overwhelm me. I didn’t need to go cry. I didn’t need to ask God why. I knew that He loves us, He is smiling on us, and He still has a great plan! This decision didn’t surprise Him! He was IN the decision and He has already planned out our future. I no longer wanted to cry from sadness. I only had tears of joy and excitement.
We are still working through what this decision means and we are dreaming of what might be. We have the option of finding a job for the next two years and then going with JAARS. We can look into different organizations. The good news is that there are endless opportunities. This is like flying a Cross Country Flight, the way ahead of of us is blocked and we must make a small course correction to get where we are going! The cry of our hearts is the same as when we began this adventure: to be and do whatever God has for us! He is good. He has a plan. He is working. We have followed Him this far, He has provided every step of the way, and we will follow until the day we die!
Thank you once again for all of your prayers! We are going to spend the next week and a half praying and seeking our Father. Please continue to pray for us as we decompress, sift through our emotions and desires, mourn the death of one vision, and prepare for the birth of a new one!
We are sad in this moment but can’t wait to see what the Lord brings!