Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jeff Darling the Preacher?! Believe it!

Growing up a missionary kid, I made it very clear to the Lord I would not be following in my father's footsteps.  I would not be a public speaker, I would certainly not raise support!  Well, as most of us know, telling God what we are not going to do is not a smart idea!

The Lord presented the opportunity to preach recently at a church in Roanoke, VA. Through prayer and counsel, I have come to the understanding that if the Lord asks us to do something, we better do it!  I pray that we will always be ready to listen and follow the Lord's will for our life.  The Lord blessed us with a great time of fellowship.  For those wondering, yes, I did make it through the sermon!

Packing and selling is in full swing at the Darling household!  We will moving out of our home the end of April.  The month of March is my last month working for Ecolab, a company I have been with for almost 4 years.  We are stepping out in faith, as we believe the Lord is asking us to do.  We will then travel to the northeast, to spend time with our families, and continue preparing for our departure to Portugal.

Lord willing we will be flying to Porto, Portugal, June 14.  We pushed the date back several weeks as many events important to our family are happening in May and the beginning of June.  So far the visa process is going well.  Please be in prayer as we make these big leaps of faith, believing that the Lord will sustain us as we seek to follow His will.

We have felt very blessed as so many of you are in continual prayer and support of our family!  We are currently at 70% of our monthly support goal of $2,000. Will you help us reach 100% of that goal before we depart?  We are also beginning to incur expenses related to visas, travel, and shipping costs to Portugal.  Will you consider a one-time gift toward these expenses?  This information you need is located at the top, right of this page.

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Thank you all for your love and support!