It’s Official!

We are going!

In mid-September, we got the call we had long been waiting for- “We need you at RVA- can you come?” At the end of June, the Jewell family is heading out to Africa for 2 years!

As we look ahead to this transition in our lives, one of the challenges we are faced with is the short time in which we have to raise support. When we received this call to become staff at RVA, our departure date was only about 9 months away. Not much time to raise the needed support! Nonetheless, we said “yes,” knowing that God would provide us with support if that is where He wants us. In fact, I believe that God will use the short time frame to show His presence and power. To raise such an amount of money in such a short time might be considered highly unlikely. But in Luke 1:37 it says, “For nothing is impossible with God.” And so we pray that through our support raising, people would become aware of how real God is. In John 11, Jesus purposely does not arrive in time to save Lazarus from death so that He can raise him from the dead, that His power may be shown to the world. “Lazarus is dead,  and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” In John 11:4 it says, “…it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Our greatest challenge will be very much missing family, friends, and the comforts of home. But, we are so excited to be going where we believe God has lead us and doing what we believe God has prepared us to do.

So please pray for us! Pray that we will:

-Continually be encouraged despite the challenges (support raising and dealing with goodbyes)

-That we will make wise decisions concerning our house, dog, etc.

-That we will keep on track with our to-do list

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

– Ashley