” Shop 2 Ship Us!” EEEEK!!!

Many of you are probably wondering…”whats the deal with the Platts? Are they here are they in Thailand or….?”

Almost. The fact is this whole-moving-six-people-across-the-earth saga is actually a tremendous undertaking! Who would a thought?! Our entire life has been consumed by this!

But….we have exciting news! Two awesome things really!

First, Sam made his first movie! I know right?! Pretty impressive! Well, technically its not really a “movie” per say, and more like a clip, but still! And technically “he” didn’t make it as much as come up with the idea and did the voice over..but in my book he’s a rock-star! Mad props to Grayson Howard for actually putting it together. The kid is a legend.
Anyways…Please please share it! It’s good and better than that it echos the heart of God…that these kids are right now trapped and waiting to be rescued need us to be their actual voice! God just might be calling you to be involved in someway? I am so proud of him!http://youtu.be/DQ459KvLJQw( click here for link)

Secondly, we are STOKED to announce that this weekend we are having an exciting event at The Crossing!! We call it “ Shop 2 ship us”! All services, all campuses, The Crossing is generously donating ALL the proceeds of whatever You buy at The Shop! You guys this is be AMAZING! They have such cool stuff in there! They have books that will change your life, if you’re not a reader that’s cool..there is jewelry (some even handmade from people in Haiti), tons of sweet apparel, accessories, home goods, and More! Anything you buy goes straight to us to get to Thailand! We are so grateful for this opportunity and are praying it will be incredible! We have quite of money we need to raise so this is such a great way! We will also have a table set up there! We are doing a “different” kind of fundraiser called “Tag that bag” you wont want to miss it! As always you can donate here on our blog too if shopping isn’t your thing. God is good you guys, we have been able to have ringside seats to see His grace and provision! He is setting things in motion in His timing, and we continually look to Him in faith to fulfill His word!
To our sweet sweet friends that have been supporting us in all kinds of ways…THANK YOU! We are all created to live out the dreams He alone puts into our hearts its not an easy thing to go after; so we are grateful for folks who bear the burdens along the way! See you this weekend! We cannot wait to share with you come Monday morning!!

The one where we tell you a secret…RE-post 10 months ago and still applies!

“In God we trust” is our familiar, all-American go-to phrase, but how do we do that when we are all bound up by fear? Fear is holding you back right now. Me too.

Scripture talks about many times when God asks His people to do something crazy, irrational, and dangerous! How about Abraham when God asks him to leave his land, his family, and everything that was familiar and comfortable to him to head out to an unknown destination? Think he was full of fear? You betcha. God’s message to him: “Fear not.” The same applied to Joshua, when he was to lead the children out of the wilderness and into the promised land. He saw some giants and everyone around him was in a panic. God’s message: “Fear not.” Scripture tells us not to fear over a hundred times! I think He is sending us a message.

Many times we think, “I will take the leap when it looks a little more certain.” Or, “If God gives me a neon sign, it will be less scary.” Let me tell you, faith is not about living “safe”. It never has, and never will be. Our “safety net” is always Jesus. It is not our bank account, the economy, our stuff, or other people…purely Jesus. If we waited ’til everything was safe and certain, we would accomplish very little for God or anyone else.

What are you afraid of? Losing a loved one? Losing your nest egg? Not being accepted by others? Never knowing your purpose in life? People are always telling us, “Oh, I could never do what you guys are doing!” What they are really saying is, “I am too afraid.” I want to let you in on a little secret…

SO. ARE. WE.

Man, it feels GOOD to get that out! Do you think for a second that we aren’t afraid? We are afraid of living in a new country where the people don’t speak English. Plus, it’s hot there — really, really hot — and I hate heat! We are afraid of what people must be thinking. (Our families aren’t exactly running beside us with pom poms.) We are afraid that all of you won’t sow into God’s mission for us. We fear people can’t relate to us anymore. The point is, we are afraid.

What would you do for God if you knew you couldn’t fail? He is big enough. We all have fears. We can not run from them! Stand up to fear, look it in the eye and say, “NO! My God said to fear not!” Our lives cannot be ruled by fear, but by the Word of God!

We are at the place of looking fear in the eyes as we are called out to live and be full-time missionaries in Thailand. So, we do it afraid. We lean on His strength and activate the age old saying, “In God we trust.” Can we ask you, our friends and family, to do the same?

We finished our monthly support letters and they will be going in the mail this week. We need to start the last part of this process, which is raising the money to go. We need financial support for our airline tickets, transportation, passports, work visas, first monthly expenses, and much more. The reality is, we need to raise $16,500 just to go.

When I wrote that number down my first reaction was, “Oh Lord, give me more faith”. My second, much stronger reaction, is to remember what God did almost exactly three years ago. We needed $32,000 to go to New Zealand. The night before we boarded that loooong flight, we still needed $9431.13. We had no idea how He was going to do it. A lot of you remember that night, because for many of you, God did a miracle in your heart. You got to meet the God of miracles — to see a church give an offering that was the exact dollar amount — TO THE PENNY. God’s big. Real big. He expanded all of our faith. He grew it! It was an incredible time, and many of you sowed into it. We got to hear many faith stories of how God used that night to change lives. What an honor to see His glory! What IF God is who He says He is, then can we trust Him?

So He reminds us. Sometimes daily. “Fear not.”

There it is. $16,500 to leave in two months. We are praying we raise half in the next three weeks. We really need to get Tessa’s passport and my work visa…like, yesterday. If you feel called to be His hands and feet, please hit the ‘donate’ button on top of our blog. Airline tickets are already jumping up, so we are hoping to get them booked in the next few weeks. Will you join us in this journey? We want to give these kids a new hope, one where they go from losing all the light in their eyes to finding the One who brings the light. We need to hear their cries. They are crying. We may choose not to listen, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t crying. We have to do this because…God said go!

In His grip, Samm & Angie

p.s Come out tomorrow to The Crossing for a live album recording and we will have table set up selling jewlery, we would love to talk to you guys!