Bittersweet

“Bittersweet” is pretty much the only word for this week.

“Goodbye”s

Saying goodbye to coworkers, who had become friends, and leaving the familiarity of the routine of the last several years (3.5 years for me, almost 7 years for Jesse), was sad. In many ways, it didn’t really hit us until Friday. We couldn’t really come up with a better word for Friday than “sad”. Jesse and I tried to celebrate his birthday that night, but we were both too bummed to really celebrate. We tried to remember all the things we are looking forward to now that we won’t have so much of our time tied-up, but I think we really needed to just grieve this loss before moving on to the next step.

The feeling on Friday reminded us of the day we each left for college. I still remember my dad and I pulling into the parking lot of my freshman dorm. I looked up at my dad and just suddenly panicked. I realized that he wouldn’t be there the next day…or any day, and I had to figure this out on my own. The irony of that feeling. You spend your last years of High School just wanting to get out from under your parents, and the second that happens, it’s actually scary (or at least it is for many of us). I remember at the end of that day, I was curled up in my dorm room bed and listening to my new roommate falling asleep near by, and I prayed “Here we go. Life will never be the same, but it will be good. I’m on the right track, and I’ll figure it out.” I was still scared, but I was a little bit excited by the potential of college and adulthood.

Sometimes I wonder, as I wondered back then at 18, what is the alternative? At 18 the alternative was to stay at home with my mom in New Mexico, but why would I do that if I could go to college and get an education? Now, again, the alternative would be to stay. Not just to stay, but to consciously turn down an opportunity that it so obviously a perfect fit for us. Or even more accurately, to reject the entire direction and call on my life for the last decade. Like training for the Olympics, qualifying, and then choosing not to go.

“Hello”s

While saying goodbyes are difficult, we’ve also been supported by the people who have come around us and supported us in so many ways. With all the “good-bye”s, we also get so many “hello”s. Saturday morning, we got to meet with someone to talk about the work in Uganda. After the meeting, I actually got tear-y when thinking about all the people (new and old friends) who seem to fit perfectly into this new season of our lives. Many of them, like us, have been on this trajectory for a long time and now our paths are crossing, while others are new to this whole thing and want to support it. All of them are blessings to us and are critical to our ability to keep going down this road despite our occasional fears and difficulties.

Looking Ahead

This week we’ll focus a lot on the house and preparing it for eventual sale. We’ll clean it out and start getting rid of everything we don’t want to store or move with us. We also have a friend visiting next week and some meetings scheduled. I’m really looking forward to organizing all of our stuff that’s been piling up, and having time to dig into more of the work with Lumi.

Prayer Requests

– Wisdom in selling the house, and in time management.

– Time with friends, family, new colleagues, and supporters.

– Patience and grace with each other, as we adjust to our new routine and transition into being co-workers AND spouses.

Photos

Thursday - My last drive to Leadville (for work, anyway). A beautiful drive.

Thursday – My last drive to Leadville (for work, anyway). A beautiful drive.

Birthday celebration for Jesse on Saturday!

Birthday celebration for Jesse on Saturday!

Training for the Field (micro-post)

Short update post…

Accomplishments since our last blog post:

– Attended 3 conferences (Engineers Without Borders, American Water Resources Association, and Association of Christian Design Professionals)

– Did our first presentation during a church service (Thanks Faith Lutheran Church of Castle Rock, CO!)

– Gained several Partners for solar and water technical support, and new monthly and one-time financial partners!

We are SO grateful for these developments in our journey to Uganda. It is amazing to see how God has been teaching us to trust Him in everything…resources, timing, and relationships.

Thank you for your support and encouragement in this journey.

~Team Geiger

How I’m more afraid of drowning than Peter

I went to a doctor’s appoint this week and was talking about our move to Uganda. In the middle of our conversation, she stopped, looked up at me, and said, “wow, so you’re going to have to…um…quit your job, huh?”

…yes.2 weeks ago Jesse submitted his resignation letter. Fortunately, he’ll be able to work part-time in essentially the same position, through the end of the year. This means we are taking the first (seemingly irreversible) step in the transition from our pre-missionary lives to our “living-in-Uganda-as-missionaries” lives.

This leads to a feeling of complete excitement, laced with a hint of paralyzing fear.

The analogy I keep thinking of is in Matthew 14, when Jesus calls Peter to walk on the water…

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

What?! Seriously? He just stepped on out there? Like it was totally normal.

I feel like we are being called out onto the waters of trusting God and community, but we are scared to step off the edge of our boat; our boat named “Dual-Income, Socially Acceptable, American, Security.”

It’s not like Peter didn’t get scared…

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

…but I’m not even getting to the storms yet. I’m scared at Step1. I have a feeling that Jesus reaches out his hand even at Step1, though.

This process has revealed so much about in what we put our trust. Money. Medical care. Careers. Government. Education. Police.

But what should we trust?

Proverbs 3:5 –  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

 

This often feels like the least comfortable thing to do. I impulsively lean on my own understanding. However, I have noticed that impulse doesn’t always work out for me, and God is there every time when I trust in Him.

We’ll continue to practice leaning on the Lord instead our own understanding through this whole process. We’ll have some successes and some failures, but we know Jesus will reach out His hand and catch us each time.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

~Team Geiger

A brief update…

We are now 18% funded (monthly) and are in full Partner Development mode! Please, contact us if you or someone you know would like to know more about the work we hope to be a part of in Uganda, and our process to get there!

APO Training – Completed!

We finished our first training, APO (Appointee Orientation), at WorldVenture today…and we learned a ton!

Most importantly, we feel like we are now a part of the WorldVenture family. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Jesse and I really were inspired by everyone’s story…how they came to faith in Jesus, how they felt a call to missions, how they found their call to their country/people group, etc. There was a couple that were 4th generation missionaries, and there was a couple that were 1st generation missionaries. Some were going to church plant, some were doing totally new/innovating ministries like Martial Arts outreach! We also were able to meet a couple that is going to Uganda (and has been living there for almost 2 years already). They are about our age, just had their first baby last year, and are also working in Business as Missions. We have a feeling that this couple is about to become life-long friends of ours.

We also got to start our mentor-ship with Eric and Rebecca from our church here in Denver. WOW! God totally knew what he was doing with this one. The more we learn about Eric and Rebecca, the more obvious it is that this was arranged by Him long before we asked them (which was only about a month ago!). We also got a TON of support from the leadership of our church. Eric is one of the elders, and two pastors (Stephen and Dan) came to the Celebration Service on Monday morning, too! Jesse’s parents and my father were also able to attend.

If you would like to see the service, here is the link!

http://new.livestream.com/wv/celebration

– 28:50 is our speech.
– 1:28:20 is when we accept our certificate.
– 1:3:50 is when they pan across all the Appointees in this class, and then ask mentors and parents to come up and pray.
– and 26:00 is the speech from the couple that is going to Uganda with us that I mentioned earlier (Besty and Micah).
We are SO excited to keep moving forward and follow God’s calling in our lives.
Prayer Requests…
– wisdom on when to transition away from our current jobs.
– wisdom as we enter into Partner Development
– health and time management as we prepare for the Partner Development Express (PDX) training in September
– for our future boss in Uganda, Thomas. He’s been on our hearts lately, and has been a HUGE support through this whole process.
Thanks!
Please let us know how we can be praying for you, too!
~Rachel & Jesse
aka. Team Geiger

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