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#VivaLondon Update – End of September Edition

| Posted by Harlan

I promised I’d follow up our last post with a more uplifting one, so here it is! The last thing we’d want is to give the impression that we’re struggling or not enjoying ourselves out here in England. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there is a sense that we’re being put through a refining fire spiritually – we have nothing but joy regarding that and our overall situation here.

Anyway, I think this will be a spattering of randomness, but hopefully will get you all caught up on what’s happened thus far. Just ignore my complete inability to transition from one thought to the next…

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Two Worlds

| Posted by Harlan

Thank you for following along with our blog, whoever you are. We appreciate the good words, prayers and support that continues to roll in. I apologize that this post is a bit heavy, but I felt it important to share our hearts. We’ll post another update very soon with lighter bits – including pictures and fun stories from our travels thus far. Cheers to you and yours.

It’s difficult to put into words exactly the place we’ve found ourselves over the last few weeks as a family. I think we always expected this journey would have a bit of a cleansing and refreshing of our approach to life. Undoubtedly we knew it would be a life changing experience. Yet, even as that may be true, when faced with the reality of being refined by sudden change, the emotional nature of altered perspectives has left us in a state of suspension – equally weightless and out of the comfort of control.

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Kingdom United

| Posted by Harlan

AKA: When God gives you a where, but not necessarily a what.

We’ve been asked quite a bit over the last few weeks and months (and especially over the last few days) just what exactly we’re doing in the UK, and what brought us to the point of decision to come here. It’s a fair question – a transition and change such as this is usually accompanied by some explanation. You’d think we’d have one.

But we don’t. Not a clear one anyway.

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Living Church

| Posted by Harlan

We’ll be using this blog to keep our friends and family up to date on our journey in England, but I thought it appropriate for our first post to be about what and who we leave behind – and just what they mean to us. There’s simply no way we could have done something like this without the security, support, and grace we feel from this community. So cheers to you Living Church…

We arrived in this community limping. We were wounded, vulnerable, skittish — fresh off a season in which we chased selfishness instead of God and each other. We spoke in absolutes — “never again”, “this always happens”, “everyone”, “no one”. You couldn’t have blamed us. The world and the church had let us down. More so, we had let each other down. There wasn’t much to be hopeful about. Yet, somehow we persevered.

Walking into Living Church for the first time, 15 minutes early, we sat meekly in the back, alone for a little while as we considered what had led us to this point. It was there that we met Rachel Hunter, and Aaron and Whitney Barth (A&W, as he referred them). They asked us about ourselves and what we did, and said they were glad we came. Normal stuff, you know.

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5 Days

| Posted by Harlan

In just 5 short days, we’ll board a plane at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and begin our journey to Watford, Hertfordshire in the Northwest corner of London, England. From the moment we felt the pull of this decision to now has felt like a whirlwind and has reached it’s climax much more quickly than we expected.

The excitement level is high in our home, and of course the anxiety level is as well. The majority of our planning and preparation has been smooth, and for the most part, we’re ready to go. On the other hand, we’ve had our difficulties – Yvette’s appendix being a surprise hiccup – and securing a flat has proved difficult, and at the moment we’re looking at boarding our flight without a home secured. We’re stressed about this, obviously, but we’re counting on the right doors to open and the right place to become available. No matter what happens, we’ve been assured we won’t be homeless!

Many people have been asking how they can support us along the way, and we are very grateful for that. We’ve been unsure exactly what to call this time – whether it be a mission trip or an exploratory trip for future mission work, or simply an opportunity for us to answer a call on our life to serve a country we love. As you think about how to support us, please be in prayer that clarity and wisdom comes through this process. If our journey ends at six months, love it or hate it, that is completely fine with us as long as it’s the right thing.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation while we’re there, we’ve set up two options here on the website. You can sign up for recurring donations here. These donations will expire after six months, when we will be returning from England. You can also make a one-time donation here. Finally, there are still a few t-shirts left on the site. Please make your order for those by midnight on Friday, as we’ll be pulling them down after that.

Again, please accept our greatest thanks and appreciation for all you have done to help us make this opportunity a reality. We love you all dearly and will miss you all while we’re away.

Cheers and #VivaLondon!

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#VivaLondon

| Posted by Harlan

A.K.A. – How you can support us!

**** Updated August 25th ****

As we mentioned in our previous post, there are a few different ways you can support our journey to England, and the work we’ll be doing there with WellSpring Church.

First, you can pray. We need people to commit to praying for us on a regular basis. We will be updating this blog regularly so you can follow our progress and see the areas in which you can be thinking and praying. Also, we’ll be using the #VivaLondon hashtag for everything related to our blog and our journey, so you can follow us on social media through that.

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Jeep National Go Topless Day

| Posted by Harlan

Here’s a little montage of our trip to Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula for the the Jeep National Go Topless Day on Crystal Beach. We had a blast seeing all the Jeeps and “monnnnster trucks” (as Baron calls them). Special thanks to the Chisholm Trail Jeep Club for letting us crash their tent and just being all around awesome folks.

Music Credit: Leagues – “Spotlight”

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