How it began
Things happen quickly in the Lynch family sometimes. It seems just yesterday that we left Atlanta to follow our next path and now we are already moving down another. But when God is in charge of something, He can move mountains and moves at a speed that is only His. So many things have happened that can only point to His divine guidance in our lives.
It all began with a stirring… Bobby and I both felt that stirring deep in our hearts to be more radical for God… to do something more sacrificial. We began to look in our current context for what that meant, but that wasn’t what God had in mind. We began to look at the world missions scene – something we knew we would be doing all along, we just thought it was later down the road. We had a couple opportunities to go to Kenya or Jamaica to live and work, but nothing seemed to be the right fit.
One phone call changed all that. Bobby was discussing our situation with a professor friend and he threw out the possibility of going to work at the seminary in Quito, Ecuador (SEMISUD). I was listening to Bobby’s end of the conversation only and within 5 minutes of discussing how the opportunity might fit our family, I was asking “Where do we sign?”. It was truly God… that feeling that without a doubt, THIS IS IT!!! THIS IS WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GO!
We did take time to pray and fast just to make sure we weren’t doing something on our own without God’s leading. But our passion for the people of Ecuador grew like a wildfire out of control almost minute by minute. Within days, we began to make preparations to move without ever having visited the country. We said a tearful goodbye to our beautiful friends at Pineview Church and left with their blessing even though they wished we could stay.
The timing of everything was almost comical is at was such a typical Lynch marathon. We had a yard sale to sell as many of our possessions as we could before moving… the next day we began kids crusade (which is amazingly taxing)… 5 days later, at the end of kids crusade, we loaded the UHaul van and headed for Anniston. We moved into a rental home, got the kids into the Weaver school and then left them in the charge of the grandparents for Bobby & I to visit Ecuador for 3 weeks. I look back and laugh at the hilariousness of it all because there is no way all of that should have been physically possible to accomplish in such a short time. But, as I said, God’s timing is its own time zone!
The remainder of this year will be spent visiting churches to secure funding for our missionary budget and making other preparations to move. We plan to move to Ecuador in January and ask for your prayers to help all of this be accomplished in this short time.
We are thankful beyond words to everyone who has helped us so far and can’t wait to share this adventure in Christ with you all.