Beeghly Update: New Mercies

Hi Everyone,

Let this update serve as a reminder for me to “let it go!”

I have a confession to make: I’m a control freak!! Most of you probably already knew that, but it is something that I am learning all over again!  I have to let go of control and submit to God’s watch.
Allisan and I were planning to leave on September 1st, but it wasn’t God’s timing for us.  I had a hard time coming to that understanding when we knew we would be delayed; especially after having over $7,000 (yes there was a lot of stuff in our backpacks) of stuff stolen on our way to catch our plane to Thailand.

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It was also a heavy realization that this could be a part of God’s timing because waiting is tough.  I remember even selfishly thinking, “God, my time is important and I can’t do anything here!”  Out of protest, we stubbornly refused to unpack any checked bags and have been living out of our carry on suitcases.  We even shared deodorant for 3 weeks!
God spoke to me through an old hymn that I used to hear from the organ at my church growing up. The song Great is they Faithfulness came on and for me it has made all the difference. Here is a link to one of my favorite version:
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! 

Because I was thinking only about me, I missed seeing God’s faithfulness in this whole situation!  He has been in control the whole time.  If we let go of our expectations, we can try to see what God is doing in our lives. Here are the some of the ways that God has blessed us and answered our prayers:
“All I have needed Thy hand hath provided”: We have not wanted for anything!  Here are several examples:
  • We got 84% of our insurance claim and were able to replace pretty much everything.
  • God put very friendly people on the other side of everything who showed compassion to us!
  • We received donations that will be enough for us to live off of during our 6 weeks or so in the U.S. and pay off our deductibles and car smog/registration! We haven’t had to dig into what we have raised so far for Southeast Asia.
  • We got our new passports on the day that we were praying that they would return!
  • Our parents continue to graciously feed us and house us.
“Pardon for sin and Peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide”:  If we believe that Christ died for us and He lives in us then we can rejoice during this set back! He gives a peace that transcends all understanding and if we keep Him first, we are confident in whatever God’s timing is for us.
“Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside”: We have an amazing support system with 100’s praying for us and thinking of us and speaking the Love of God into our lives.  Thank you to all who have reached out to support us financially and pray for us.
Departure Update: 
Take this update as our best guess.  If I didn’t learn what God was trying to teach me then I’d convince you that we know exactly when we are flying away to Southeast Asia. Here are our next steps for what we hope will be an October 15th departure at the latest:
  • We received our new passports on Friday!
  • We have to reapply to our school in SE Asia for our education visa.  This is done through email and although it took 4 weeks this past summer, we are working with the school and are hoping to have it next Monday.
  • We will buy plane tickets once we get this back.
  • We will print it off, sign it and drive down to Los Angeles and stand in line at the Consulate.  Our expectation is that we will physically stand in line for 6 years, but we’re hoping it will be shorter!
  • Once it’s completed, we will drive back to Santa Rosa where we are based and finish packing, rest and get ready for SE Asia!

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Prayer Requests: Thank you for thinking of us and praying for God’s timing and health and safety. 
  • Pray for ‘Goong’ who is processing our school application in SE Asia
  • Safety down to L.A.
  • Speedy Visa approval at the Consulate
  • Available plane tickets that are affordable for us and seats next to each other for our long travel journey.
 
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Love,
 
Paul and Allisan
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One thought on “Beeghly Update: New Mercies

  1. Love this a lot! God’s timing is always best. This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalms 118,24) Wish you all the best and a lot of blessings in your (no, His) mission! Miss you guys. Hope we’ll meet again soon! Hugs and kisses from Mary, Anna and me (and the rest of the characters from Frozen..)

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