Posted by: macahajo | December 28, 2011

Leaving behind and taking with…

I was recently asked a few questions about our going to Africa that I thought would be great to blog about:

Are you nervous? I’m not feeling nervous about going overseas. We have sensed God’s calling on our lives so personally over the last year, that I know that this is what He has for us and this is one of the things that we are made to do! I’m so excited to go and use the gifts He has given me to serve Him. Our hearts have been stirring for missions for years, so we are finally going and that is exciting!

What will you leave behind? We are leaving behind our family; grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. We are leaving our dear friends, our wonderful church family, and our great neighbors. These people are what makes it so hard to leave and brings me to tears if I dwell on it too long!

So, I’ll stop crying and tell you some of the things in our life that we’ll leave behind.  Our potential city team leader told us that they got rid of 90% of their things. That sounds about right.  What we don’t take with us, we’ll save & store away, sell, donate or give away. Of course, we won’t take our home. There is a little sadness that comes with packing up & leaving our home since it’s the first home that Mark and I bought together. We have so many special memories connected with it and I enjoy it’s comforts. But the Lord has prepared our hearts to let our home go… to have open hands of all that we have because it belongs to our Lord and we want to be willing to give up anything for Him, not holding anything too tightly.  We won’t bring most of the things inside our home; we’ll leave behind our furniture, most of our kitchen appliances & gadgets. We’ll leave a lot of our books, videos, games, craft supplies, & boxes of pictures. We’ll leave behind our winter clothes since it’s in the 80’s most of the year.

For the last several years, I periodically have gone through a room & collected things that I wanted to sell, donate or give away that we don’t use because I wanted to live more simply. I wanted things in our home that we use or things that are very special to us. We don’t have a basement so we have not collected a lot of stuff or saved stuff we haven’t used for years; that has helped us.

What will you take with you? We hope to take Hudson, our Australian Shepherd! 🙂 We also will take special photos, certain favorite books, videos & toys, along with certain kitchen items and a lot of our clothes for warmer weather! We will each take some items that are special to us and things that will help me make our new living place our home.. like some decorations for Christmas!  We need to look further into shipping costs, but we will each at least take 2 pieces of luggage, weighing up to 50 pounds.

When I think too much right now about packing or what I’ll do with the furniture or other things in our home, it gets a little overwhelming because we have so many things to do before we get to the packing stage. And we don’t know what we’ll do with our house; Will we sell? Will we rent? And if we rent, will we rent it partially furnished?  So, I’m taking it one day at a time and as I keep my eyes on Him, I’m okay with not knowing. God has clearly led us this far and we will continue to follow His leading as He takes us by His hand.


  1. God is definately guiding you and WILL be glorified! What are Hannah and Josh thinking/feeling about this move? We are so happy to be virtually going with you ALL!

    • Sorry it took me so long to reply. We enjoyed new years with friends & are in Christmas season recovery mode 🙂
      Regarding your great question, it was hard for Hannah when we first told them that we were praying about going overseas. She quickly began to count the costs: leaving grandma & grandpa, leaving friends, leaving our church, etc…
      But, Hannah loves the Lord and she’s been praying about it. And many have been praying for her about it. A couple months ago before lunch, she prayed and thanked God for our missionary friend who introduced us to the idea of going back overseas. That prayer blessed my heart.
      Joshua has been pretty good about it. When Hannah was two, she lived in Africa with us for one year. We talk about that time periodically so we think that Joshua is perhaps looking forward to experiencing Africa with us and not just hearing us talk about what we did without him.
      Both kids hope that we’ll be able to come back every other summer and we hope for that too; to re-connect with our family, friends, church family and supporters.
      We would appreciate continued prayers for our kids during this transition!

      • You are a family who loves the Lord and believes in serving out the Great Commission! Prayers will be daily for you, Mark, Hannah and Joshua and for your team and the people you will meet! You will glorify God and learn as a family –> what could be better?

    • PS We are thankful for technology today; that you can go along with us & that we can continue to be involved in your lives. Facebook & Skype are wonderful 🙂

      • Yes,technology will make it possible to ‘stay’ home with your family and friends! 🙂

  2. It is so bittersweet…but knowing without a doubt that God is leading will cover all of the negative because His peace will prevail…

  3. I am so glad you had a joyful CHRISTmas and New Year!

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