Wednesday, February 22, 2012

what we're doing {sabbatical recap}

This series might be long awaited as it should be. We are finished with sabbatical so what in the world are we doing? Well, for those who have followed this space in the last couple of years, I feel it necessary to do a little recap.

beauty shop

We moved to S. Africa in March of 2007. After traveling back and forth to Africa since 2000, our hearts were stirred for the millions of orphans, so we went there to simply love on them. Thus, Ten Thousand Homes, whose goal is to provide HOPE and HOME to orphans, was birthed. By March 2009, after 13 years in full-time ministry, I was exhausted. I was literally at the point where I didn't have anything left to give. (This post and this post talks about my weariness.) In November 2009, we returned to the states for a little time off, a sabbatical.

By March 2010, we started our sabbatical. I was a bit ignorant on what exactly that meant. It wasn't a physical rest but a spiritual rest. There was so much processing and talking to God that physically I was still exhausted, but all that brought a spiritual rest that overpowered that physical exhaustion somehow.

We spent a full year deep in the trenches of sabbatical. I'm sure that sounds quite foreign. Had I not just gone through it, it would sound foreign and a little kooky to me, too. It was a very deliberate stepping away, handing over of all our responsibilities, not having anything to do with Ten Thousand Homes over that year. Do you know how hard that is for a leader of a ministry? Oh, my goodness. Talk about giving up control and your way of doing things and ultimately trusting God with it. 

When I think of everything that happened over our year of rest, tears literally come to my eyes. If you read my guest post over the weekend, I talk a little about that. It just makes me overwhelmed with His love for me. I could talk on and on about everything that happened during sabbatical. Instead, I will highlight some main points that are necessary in talking about our future. In my next post :). I don't like reading long posts so I would imagine there's others in the same boat! Stay tuned!

7 comments :

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Looking forward to reading more!! blessings ~ tanna

The Reeds said...

Oh. Too short! I'm ready for more. We went over in 2006 and came back completely wrung dry (from lack of team for us) and have walked through a similar process though we're still searching for our ending point.

Renee said...

Looking forward to the next post!

MaryAnne said...

Can't wait to see what the future holds in store for you =)

The Herd said...

wow...that's a great intro to your "series!"
Can't wait to continue your journey...through reading.

{amy} said...

One of these days, I'd love to sit & talk with you over a cup of coffee. I'm sure you have so many wonderful stories about the ministry God has done through your family! I look forward to reading about what He has for y'all in the future!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I am looking forward to hearing more about your sabbatical Jen! And that photo... priceless.

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