I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised. Gen 28:15
Rewind all the way back to…September 2010. Not so hard, right? God spoke to us concerning Samm’s job. He was to quit his job and go into ministry. We had NO idea what that looked like. We thought and prayed and kinda put it on the back burner.
Until February 2011…I was washing dishes and I heard what I now know was God’s voice say, “YWAM New Zealand…GO.” What?! Why? Isn’t that just for young kids, God? Not us, with three preschoolers?? Um, hello? All I could think was how I am NOT flying in a plane for 20 plus hours, with three bouncing boys…I am simply not. …Right, God? I am NOT…right????
Curious, I went and looked it up, to find out that YWAM New Zealand has one of only THREE family ministry programs. In this program, the entire family is studying God’s Word, applying, and getting ready to help others who need to know what a Godly family, marriage and parenting looks like.
So I knew at that moment…I am going on a plane with three bouncing boys for 20 plus hours. Which is precisely the moment my knees hit the floor. I knew that if He could show this same plan to Samm and he agreed, it was going to happen.
SO HONEY….we are, um…supposed to move to New Zealand. I think…possibly…
I know from my sales background that if you want someone to buy what you are selling, you gotta believe in it 100%! I SO did not do that…at all.
At first Samm was too freaked to even begin to think this was possible. So we chewed on it..all the while I was like “really God can’t we skip this step of him believing it, because you and I both know it’s going to happen?” God likes to work on my patience…a lot. It was Sunday night, and every time we talked about this insane plan, it brought us to tears. That night we were talking about why all the people in the Bible got writing on a wall, a burning bush, sheep’s wool? We knew God could give us a sign..but would He? So that night I asked God to confirm it if we are to go.
Monday morning I was doing the mom thing…unable to even focus I poured the boys cereal… (Yes, I give my kids things other than a hot nutritious breakfast. Don’t judge.) However, I was on the phone, and they were whining about how they didn’t want to eat it and it was gross..and they were eating it…barely. I looked over and saw that I had given them both jars of baby food that was supposed to go to Cyrus…with spoons and everything!!! I laughed so hard, they thought I was crazy, (good times at the Platt house). We haven’t had TV in our house for 6 months so I didn’t even know until I checked Facebook “ Earthquake in New Zealand”. My jaw dropped, I called Samm and He felt it too. Now you might say that’s a coincidence; earthquakes happen all the time. But if you are praying for a specific sign and He sends you one, you better believe it.
There are other things he has shown us. An old friend called to tell me that she had a dream of us on a airplane and we said we were heading to New Zealand!! Goosebumps! He has been preparing us for this without us even knowing it…don’t ya love when He does that? Our house has been on the market for four months so we don’t have to go thru all that paperwork. We didn’t get into the school we wanted for Eli, so we don’t have to say no to that. For some crazy reason I don’t have any weddings booked for the summer…in my five years of business, that has never happened before. When God clears a path, you start walking. So here we are. In less than five months we are taking our family to live on a base in New Zealand to hear what God wants to tell us and minister to the people who need Jesus in that country.
So that’s where you come in For those who want to see the hope and love of Jesus spread in all the world we ask you to commit with us as we step out in faith in God .We ask that you will step with us and partner with us in these three things.
1) Pray. Pray. Pray. It’s not an after thought its the ground work for all that God will do, pray that we will have favor with many people to be able to raise the funds. Pray that God will be our focus and our reason for going and that we will stay on that focus the whole time never straying from that.
2) Spread the word. When you re-post our facebook link and share our blog, you help us to reach a greater audience, you bring more partners to help God do great things. Tell people you know. So many people want to help do good things and spread God’s name, but don’t know where to start. This is a great way for people to help spread the love of Jesus.
3) Give money. The fact is that this whole process will be expensive, but through God all things are possible. Please partner with us as we share the truth of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. You can donate through pay pal here. Again thank you So very much, we CANNOT do this without you.
Samm and Angie
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