"Maybe you should just fly out to Colorado Springs and kick some tires."
That idea was offered up by a good friend, mentor, pastor, excellent biking companion. We had begun to take notice of just how many ministries and non-profits were based in the Colorado Springs area (more than 100) and it made us wonder if that might be a good place to start. So in April of 2012 that is what we did.
Through a few friends and family members we found we had enough contacts to arrange some quality "sit-down" time with quite a few organizations. We met a staff leader at Young Life, a center director with Torchbearers International (Capernwray), and the CFO of Compassion International. But the best meeting of the week took place at Engineering Ministries International. It was supposed to be a one-hour meeting with Gary, the vice president. He spent five hours with us and when we left I told Kevin I thought I could see our next life.
That was our first meeting of the week and I would have been fine had it been the last.
But huge, life-altering decisions are not made so quickly. While I would have been happy to begin the application process right then and there, my part in this deal is a little less complex. I am not now, nor have I ever been the bread winner and I don't know how it feels to shoulder that load. As a woman, I draw my mothering self-worth from seeing that my kids are clean, well-behaved and exceed state standards on their annual homeschool evaluations. Those things are not heavily dependent upon a certain income level. Dads, on the other hand, feel solid when they can not only provide the basic necessities, but also the extras like braces and college funds and new bicycles. And let's face it: not many of us expect missionaries to have those things. But more on that later...
So we had some deep thinking to do, and some faith exercising to tackle. Also, we needed to experience a real live eMi project trip. Which is how we ended up in Honduras, riding horses without names and testing electric fences.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.