I don’t actually do this very often. I leave Maiya to the blogging and long well-thought out emails. I normally max out at send quick text messages. She’s my “better half” for a reason yanno. But I occasionally have things to put out there and if this is your first experience with my blogging style….there will be no pictures. Sorry.

As you probably know, if you are reading this post, I got married on March 13th right before the lockdowns and shelter in place for the novel Coronavirus to really hit most of the U.S. This alone made for an interesting honeymoon and beginning to our marriage. But now you add the fact that we are missionaries to Spain, which is one of the hardest hit countries and still under one of the most restrictive quarantines in the world, and things get really exciting.

In addition to all of the normal newly married questions and challenges, like looking for an apartment and figuring out morning routines of who is showering when and who makes coffee, we have complications like when will we go back to Spain and how will we re-integrate fully into our ministry teams.

Fortunately Maiya and I have a shared belief. It’s from Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

To be honest I don’t really have any idea what our next month looks like. We are connected with a ministry that is distributing meals here locally and keeping in contact with our teams back in Spain. But the world is going through a storm right now. And I can’t predict when or how it will end. And I definitely can feel overwhelmed and unsure sometimes. Worried about my family’s health and finances (As missionaries that live on the support of churches and people there is a certain challenge to your faith from a likely worldwide depression).

But at the end of the day I know that God is good. That He has good plans for me and my family and that He is my provider. And for all the rest, to quote a famous missionary:

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

1 Corinthians 2:2