Oh my goodness, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything! My apologies to those of you still checking on a regular basis, hopefully we haven’t lost your support as our blog posts have slowed to a trickle.
To answer the question on everyone’s minds – yes, we’re still working on the book. While a Spring completion would have been lovely, it seems this was not possible. We’re still working steadily and, at least five days a week, Pockets of Change is still our life.
Justin is persevering with the design of the book on top of the multitude of other details grabbing for his attention related to launching some new features on the POC website, dealing with the publishing end of things, and earning some income on the side to cover our rent.
On that note, we are still feeling blessed by God in the area of finances. We seem to have just enough to scrape by, though our savings have taken a serious nosedive through this project. Luckily, we know that God provides for us and if we run even lower on money it only means we must rely on God even more.
I am currently finishing up a couple challenging stories for Peru and Ecuador, then I only have a handful of countries to write up before tackling the Canada interviews. Please pray for me as I need to persevere on the writing. I find it mentally exhausting each day to try and come up with the best words, the ideal sentences, the best phrasing, to convey what I’m trying to get across.
And a deep underlying fear permeates all I do: am I getting across through these stories the goal we set out? Am I showing a world transformed and, in doing so, providing hope to people who think that change is a hopeless goal? Am I showing the movement of compassion and justice sweeping North American’s hearts as they work to transform people and communities around the world? It’s a fear I swallow in the back of my throat with each final period placed, with each proofread completed. It’s a fear I constantly give back to God. It’s the same fear each of us face as we go about our lives, trying to live this Christian life the best we can isn’t it? I urge you too, as you face your fears this day and this week and this month, to take comfort in Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.