Course Correction…

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!


12 thoughts on “Course Correction…

  1. You have kept your faith in The Lord. I admire your courage and strength, and everything is in God’s will and plans. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. God is so preparing you for what He wants…We’re excited for you and know without any question that you ARE on the correct path….anytime a person is actively seeking God and His will…he can be sure God is answering the prayers just right. A season will come when you will look back and go “it makes so much sense.”

  3. Phil, Jess, we are so proud of the both of you. We know this hasn’t been easy and we can only imagine what it was hearing the news. God has great and awesome plans for the Vana family, of this, we are completely sure of. I think the question is “Why the detour?” The preparation, the studying, the moving, the driving, even Adelina’s questions, they all have a purpose-hard to see it right now, but with time you will. We continue to pray for all four of you. Be blessed and keep on keeping on. I hope all four of you are wearing sun glasses–the future is bright for the Vanas!

  4. Wow, wasn’t expecting that. You are a wise man, Phil to embrace to adventure ahead!! I want to be just like you when I grow up. Seriously, Scott and I send you love and prayers. Can’t wait to see what’s next in the Vana journey.

  5. We love you and Jessica so much Phil! Even though it must be very disappointing to not be accepted, you are correct that the Lord has another better vision for your family. Seek first His kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added unto to you! You have our support and continued prayers, Uncle Fred and Aunt Chris

  6. Both sad and excited for you all. Know that as God closes one door He opens another. He has something special for you………With love and prayer, Kathy and Jack

  7. When I was reading your story, I couldn’t help but think that this must be similar to what Abraham felt. God told him to take his only son up to the mountain top and sacrifice him before the Lord. Abraham knew that God promised to make a multitude of nations from his decedents, and his son Issac was indeed the miracle gift from God from which those descendants would come. Having God make this request must have seemed overwhelmingly confusing. However, Abraham showed his faith by following through with God’s request, only to be interrupted by God himself, who was well pleased by Abraham’s obedience and faith.

    Your desire to ultimately please God by allowing His will to be first in your life is an excellent example of your faith. I believe He will indeed use your pilot experience for His good work. Until He opens that door, seeking His guidance for your next steps is about all you can do.

    As a fellow believer and sister in Christ, I am so very proud to know you. You both are such an inspiration to so many people. Keep up the good fight! We love you!!!!

  8. I praise God for your faithfulness to praise his name! He is clearly doing a great work in your hearts! It has been such a privilege to observe this beautiful journey you are on. Although I feel your sorrow with you, I am filled with love and joy and hope for where you have come, where you are, and where you are going. Our Father can be trusted, dear ones.

  9. Thank you for the kind note left on my desk. I will be praying for you both for the decisions that lay ahead. Please let me know if I can help provide any assistance.

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