Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gracie's Health!

We are HAPPY to say that everything is A-OK with Gracie's heart! We went to the cardiologist today and they checked her and said she has a "Still's Murmur"  Completely innocent. No follow up, no restrictions. =)  Thank you JESUS!

Now we ask you to keep praying.  Yesterday Grace spiked a fever, and today her fever is pretty high, and she is feeling crummy.  We called her pediatrician and they suggested that we take her to a walk in clinic.  We did that tonight.  TWO doctor visits in one day.  Poor little thing.  Please pray that she is healed and for health and protection for our family.

Thank  you for loving us and praying with us!  We love you!

she didn't really like getting her BP taken

Feeling happy spinning raccoon on the doctor chair

Some VeggieTales makes life happy! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"So, How are you FEELING?"

How are you feeling?

We leave the country for THREE years in 13 days.

Every time I see someone these days they ask  “how are you feeling about this?”

Valid question.  I would be wondering if I was in their shoes!  I usually fumble around for words, saying some variation of “it’s bittersweet, but we are excited to go.”  

This question has caused me to think… How DO I feel about this?   The answer is a little more lengthy than I can explain on the spot while giving a hug hello

A little back information on me.  I hate change.  Like, I REALLY hate change.  Of course I have gotten better at it through the years of growing up and maturing.  (no wise cracks please)
But the fact remains.  Change and I are not the best of friends.  I don’t run to greet it at the door when I see it coming.   I tend to try and barricade the door and run into the back room in a dark corner and hide from the inevitable as long as possible.   When the change finds me in that corner, it usually has to drag me out kicking and screaming. 

Sometimes these questions demand my attention:  Things I would not usually think about, but have been brought into focus because of what we are doing with our life. 
Will the USA be standing when we get back? 
Will I ever see my loved ones again? 
Will we get extremely sick?
Will we be killed over there?
 Is persecution coming to Indonesia?
 Legit questions.  Scary questions

But because of Jesus ONLY, I am not running into a corner, I am not barricading the door.   I am not shaken.   There are gut wrenching moments.  There are tears, there are waves of realization that hit me and make me wobble for a moment. 

But there is NOTHING that can shake my God.  He is the rock we stand on, and He has told us to go.  There is nothing that can stop HIM!  So we are in good hands, and He has changed us, prepared us, sent us, and He has and will continue to sustain us.   Why would I run from that?  I am right where I am supposed to be.  I am in Jesus’ hands.  And no scary question is too big for Him. 

To tell you the truth friend.  Yesterday was a hard day.  We had scheduled an appointment for Gracie’s last well check, her 2 year check up.  We have always breezed right through these appointments.  But we were told yesterday that Grace needs to see a cardiologist due to a heart murmur that had never been heard before.  And she is iron deficient.  Now we know that the iron is fixable, and a murmur does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.  But it was enough to catch us off guard and punch us in the gut.  Yesterday as I was on the phone making an appointment for a possible EKG and echocardiogram for Grace, I was feeling overwhelmed and scared. 

I started to pray!  The enemy doesn’t want us to go to Indonesia! He wants to distract us, scare us, overwhelm us, give us worries, and stress and get us off mission.   

NO.  Greater is He that is in me, than he that is living in the world.  We pray for Grace, we pray for our health, our marriage, our emotional health.  We trust Jesus.  And NO MATTER WHAT, Jesus is GOOD.  All the time.  In the not knowing, in the fear, in the questions, He is God and I am not.  And we TRUST HIM! 

So how do I feel you ask?
Some days I feel strong.  Some goodbyes I cry.  Some the tears are not there, some days I feel like I can do this, and some days I feel weak.  Yesterday I felt weak.  Just making a cardiologist appointment for Grace felt surreal.  But in my weakness Jesus’ power is PERFECTED.  When I give Him that weakness, than He can do something with that! 

What a loving God.  He doesn’t call the perfect, He uses you and me and He perfects His power through us. 

So on the days I feel weak, He reminds me…with Him I am strong. 

Please pray for our family as we prepare to leave.  Grace has her cardiologist appointment the 24th.  Pray for a clean bill of health.  Pray for spiritual protection for our family.  Pray for health for us.  Pray that Jesus will go before us and open doors and prepare hearts. 

This is all about Jesus. 

Much Love, 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thanks for Praying

Hello Everyone!  

We are 20 days away from our departure and are excited to report that we now have 3 Indonesian visas in our possession!!  Thank you all so much for praying with us during this process and praise God that there were no complications!!  We are so glad to have that weight of stress off of our shoulders!  Now we have only 2 more days here in Montana before we head back to Kent.  There we will finish our shipment and pack our 3 bags for Indonesia!  Thank you all again for joining us on this journey and for all the support both through prayer and finances.  None of this would be possible without you!  

Love you All!!

The Meeuwse's

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lots of Paperwork!

Around the end of July we received our approval to apply for our Indonesian Visas!  We went out to get more passport photos and I printed off the forms I thought I was supposed to fill out.  They had to be done by hand so everytime I spelled something incorrectly that meant I had to start all over!  I think I filled out the forms about 10 times!  It took about a week to get the forms filled out as I had to contact people in Switzerland, Indonesia, and the Embassy in San Francisco, all of which are on different time zones than I am.  But everyone was extremely helpful when I had questions on the form.  On Monday August 3rd, we mailed off all our paperwork. Today, I checked the tracking number and found out it was delivered!!  That is very exciting and now we are asking you to pray like crazy that we are approved and receive our Visas soon without any complication or delay.  We are down to 25 days before we depart!!  

Today I was able to contact the FAA and have moved my Inspection Rating under the umbrella of FAA International.  It was a busy morning writing emails and contacting different persons to make sure I was transferring correctly.  Please pray for this process too as they approve me to be under the International Flight Office, so I can maintain my credentials as we are overseas.  

Thank you all for your prayers and joining us on this adventure!  It is crazy to think that 25 days from today we will be departing the United States for three years!  When I started preparing for Helimission in 2004 it seemed like this day would never come.  But now, 11 years later things are happening so fast and we are working hard to get everything prepared for our fast coming departure!  Love you all and we will keep you posted on our Visas!!

Until Then,

The Meeuwse's