Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

This last Monday we got our latest donation report which indicated that we have hit our support goal of $30,000 (and are actually probably above that goal)! 

The living God from Whom and through Whom and to Whom are all things has stirred up the hearts of many to give and to give generously! We serve a real God and an awesome God Who has done far more abundantly than all that Ashley and I have asked or thought! We did not expect to be fully funded before we left for the year in such a short amount of time, yet the Triune God has glorified Himself by providing for this opportunity for the advancement of the gospel through the training of pastors to rightly handle His Word. 

Ashley and I are truly humbled and feel now more than ever our need to keep trusting in our awesome God for grace to be useful for His service. We do not have the resources or the strength or the wisdom to accomplish the task set before us…but He does! He is a good Father Who gives good gifts to His children, to those Who wait on Him! 

Ashley and I are also very joyful! We rejoice to be used as tools of God and to watch Him do His work! There is truly no greater joy than getting to see the Sovereign God display His glory in amazing ways! 

Thank you dear friends and family for partnering with us in this strategic opportunity! Please continue to partner with us in prayer. Though a tangible hurdle has been overcome, the real battle is spiritual. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places….praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel Ephesians 6:10-12, 18-19

We desperately need your prayers to our great God over the course of this entire year! Please keep visiting our prayer request page which we will try to keep up to date with our current prayer requests. 

If you desire to still partner financially, please consider donating directly to the Central African Preaching Academy here. Select “Central African Preaching Academy” from the drop-down menu towards the right. To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever!

So. How are we?

So. How are we?

We’ve been getting that question a lot. It’s a loaded question, of course, how are we doing physically, how are we doing emotionally, how are we doing spiritually, how are we doing with our transitions, how are we doing with packing, how are we doing with raising support?

Well, let me tell you!

Today, for the first time in a week, I left the house. We went to a brunch in the park with a group of seminary families. It was a sweet time and a good chance to get out from our plain walls and our engulfing couch where I’ve reclined for the most of the last week.

Last Thursday Chris finished up all of his work for the semester and I had laparoscopy surgery on Friday. He transitioned directly from working hard for school to working hard to care for me and to pack and move. He has been amazing! I’m healing and generally feeling pretty well but it is still a process and I have to remember to not push myself to do more than I can. It’s difficult with so much to do but God has been gracious to give me the energy that I need to do some things and has provided help to do things that would be too much. For example, seminary and church friends have been bringing us meals for the last week and are signed up to bring us meals this next week! It’s a huge blessing to us that we don’t have to worry about what to eat!

We are currently packing for Malawi (and Boise & Spokane!) AND packing all of our other belongings to store for a year. We are SO thankful that we have a free, clean, dry, safe place to store our belongings while we are away. Here’s a little glimpse of our packing process…

Stuff for Malawi!
 We plan to move the remainder of our belongings that we’re going to store next Thursday so we have less than a week to get everything packed and ready. It’s overwhelming but there is progress! (Pssst: if you’re in Santa Clarita and happen to have a free evening on Thursday, we’d love to have your help!)

Each Monday we are emailed a financial update. Each Monday we’re continuously humbled and thankful for people’s generosity and support! We are over 2/3 of the way to fully supported including both what has been pledged and what has been given for our year in Malawi (almost 50% given and almost 20% pledged). We will continue to fund raise while we are there and will have a visiting team or professor bring the remaining funds to us during the year. If you would like to give before we leave, you can do so on the Grace Church website here. If you would like to give during the time we’re away, please let us know by filling out this form so we know what to expect! Thank you for giving and thank you for praying! Again, it is so humbling to need help and to ask for help. And oddly, even more humbling to see our needs being met. The body of Christ is absolutely incredible! Willing to cook, work, give, serve, pray and love us in ways that we never could have expected (see our current prayer requests for ways you can be praying)! You all seem to ENJOY helping us! It is a blessing and encouragement to us. May we serve CAPA as well as we have been served on our way!

Thank you, also, for continuing to read our posts! We appreciate you keeping up on our journey and look forward to continuing to share our life in this way.

T-Minus 1 Month!

Watch the video below from student Alfred Goliath  to hear how the original languages have helped him to preach (about 2 min in).

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12 

With one month until we board a plane to go to Malawi for a year, we have already experienced the reality of this verse. We have been so blown away and thankful to God for all of you who have been praying for us and have been so generous to help us meet this opportunity head on to train pastors to use Hebrew effectively in their preaching ministries! We give great thanks to God for you all and how the Holy Spirit has stirred your hearts to give towards this endeavor. Many challenges have arisen and many must be overcome, but our great living God has been so faithful to meet those needs and to grow our faith through those challenges (as He always does for His children with life difficulties).  

Financial Update

  • Based on what has been pledged and already given we estimate that we are over 50% of the total costs for the whole year! Thank you so much, and praise God!
  •  We are praying that online giving will be available soon to make things easier!

Prayer Request Update

  • Praise! One of the members of our adult fellowship group at Grace Community Church volunteered space to store our stuff for the year! That is a huge burden lifted!
  • Praise! I finished my last assignments for the semester at the Master’s Seminary in today! I was able to get everything done!
  • Praise! Ashley’s sinus infection seems to be doing better.
  • Pray for my visa to be approved by Malawi it was submitted about two weeks ago, but processing can be slow.
  • Pray for Ashley’s surgery to go well tomorrow (5/12) and for a very speedy recovery. 

What the Next Few Weeks Look Like

  • 5/11-5/29 Pack up and store our stuff. Get vaccines and Malaria medication. Have everything ready to go for 6/11.
  • 5/30-6/3 Drive to Boise area to visit family.
  • 6/4-6/10 Drive to Spokane to present at Faith Bible Church and spend time with family.
  • 6/10 Fly back to LA from Spokane.
  • 6/11 Eat breakfast…Go to church…Grab our luggage…Fly to Malawi.
  • 6/13 Arrive in Malawi! 

The opportunities for impacting souls for the gospel in Africa is tremendous! The student bio pages for the Central African Preaching Academy give us such a desire to go to be a part of what the Lord is doing in Africa!

Praise our great God with us! Pray to Him with us! May God be glorified!

If you want to partner with us financially see the page How to Give!


More Than We Can Handle


Can I be really real with you all right now? The past few months have been really hard. I don’t want to exaggerate the difficulties or even bring attention to them per se but I do want to share some of the things that have been happening. My purpose for sharing is so that you will know how to pray, so that God may be glorified in our endurance with faith and so that others facing trials may be encouraged as well.

To give you some context: I have been struggling with health issues – the drug I’m on for RA makes me prone to sinus infections and I just can’t shake one! I’ve had months of cycles of RA flares and migraines, antibiotics and Excedrin, doctor’s visits and copays, fatigue and pain. Additionally, I was also recently diagnosed with another issue that is going to be surgically treated next Friday.

These things would challenging enough on their own but to also be preparing for Malawi, raising support (about $20,000 left to raise!), figuring out logistics, working full-time, training my replacement at work and planning to move… life is just very challenging right now to say the least! Others, I know, have it far worse. But right now, for me, it’s all actually more than I can handle. I’m struggling, I’m overwhelmed with everything. If you’ve known me very long, you probably know that I do not like admitting that, but it’s true.


I’m not actually here to talk about how hard everything is. I’m here to talk about how great God is.

And God is calling us to go to Malawi. He could have chosen the strongest couple with no health problems, no concerns, and no worries about what is going to happen. But He didn’t. He chose us. Why did He do that? What is He doing in all of this? Why is He allowing all of these things to happen right now? Can I trust Him?

I’m so glad that there are real answers to these questions found in the Word. These are the verses that I am clinging to right now (emphasis my own – all from the ESV):

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God intentionally called us in our weakness so that as we endure and overcome, HE is glorified!  The passage in 2 Corinthians 12 is often quoted and sounds nice in theory but in practice, none of us want to endure weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, or calamities. Embracing these things is counter-cultural and even offensive to our American sensibilities that crave comfort and stability. I crave comfort and stability. Thank God that He is putting me through weakness and hardship right now! His power WILL be made perfect in my weakness. HE will be glorified in me!

2 Corinthians 2:8-11 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

I love that Paul is writing about his own experience. Life was really hard for them, it was actually too much for them to handle. But even in the midst of that trial, Paul saw God’s purpose – to make him dependent on Him alone. I am thankful that God is showing me the same thing – I cannot rely on my own strength but I MUST rely on God! Also, as Paul requested the Corinthians to do, we request you to do also: “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 86:5-7 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.

I started writing this post for you – our supporters and prayer partners and friends – but searching the Word and seeing what God is doing has actually encouraged ME so much! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do. He will provide for our needs to go to Malawi, He will provide the strength and the grace to complete the task He has called us to. He will Himself be glorified in us as we go. I am thankful that He is intentionally at work even, or rather especially, in the struggles that we’re facing. He is sending us to Malawi IN our weakness so that His strength might be evident in our lives. So if you see strength in us, if you see endurance, power, grace or hope you can know that it comes from God alone! You are witnesses to this. I can’t wait to report how God works in our lives!

As I was processing all of these things, I wrote a poem. I don’t often write poems but at times I can express myself better in poetry than in prose. At the risk of oversharing, here it is:

This is more than I can handle

Why should my days be so fraught
With pain and pressure, loads uneasily
Born. Trials describe my lot.
I stand in the midst. Aware of the pain.
Aware of the remedy.
If it hurt less, I would laugh at the strain
The intentionality, the purposefulness
As trials from all sides arise
God does give more than we can handle.
His plot, His scheme, His grand enterprise
Include this pain, this pressure
That fills the path I foresee
Less terrible than other loads, I know
Yet impossibly thrust on me.
How clearly I see my lack. How clearly I see
My need for HELP.
Weakness is my name. He sees it all.
My needs He has felt.
He sits far above me, my struggle,
My need.  Yet His eyes sees it all.
He sits far above yet is so very near.
He does not, will not, cannot let me fall
Away from His mighty grasp,
More mighty than my trial,
The weight that wants to crush me
HE bears in full without a rile,
Helping me press on and press on.
It’s HIS power that is clearly shown
He is yet at work, He is yet sovereign
Though my future feels bleak, unknown.
He works for my good, He bears all my load
Asking nothing of me in return.
Oh this lesson I have heard before
But still I do not yet learn
Depend fully on Him, is all that I must
Do, not on myself – Myself I know
I am weak, I am nothing, I am made of dust.
He is the one, He made the world!
Full of Glory and Might
He holds me, He holds my future
He gave me spiritual sight
To see that in Him
All the promises are “Yes & Amen”
This pain is for my good.
He’s kept me so far, He’ll keep me again
I can trust Him, lean, depend and abide
He chose me and this life
He gave me to bring glory to God
Amidst all eminent strife.
He will never leave me,
Forsake me or change
In this life, there is trouble,
I should not think it strange.
God gave me more than I can handle
So I would learn to depend on Him alone
Not on myself or on lesser things
So my faith will never be overthrown.
I revel in my weakness, I marvel  that
The width, breadth and length
Of my struggle is no match for
His fantastic strength.
And even if the trial never goes away,
I know He will keep me every single day.