Normal? Who wants to be normal?
It’s a question we often ask ourselves as a family.
God has not called the Strong Family to lead a life that is “normal” Now some would argue that there is no such thing as normal and I guess I would have to agree! What’s normal for me, may not be so normal for you and visa versa. But what I do know, is that God has called the Strong Family to live outside of what most people would call “normal”.
We tend to do things differently to a lot of our friends, and after 18 years of marriage, we are ok with that! Our kids have learned from day 1 that we never use the word can’t in our family. We are not quitters and will always find a way to make things work. We live by faith and some weeks that is exciting and some weeks it is outright scary, but either way we are living the life we know God has called us to live.
So when God says to you “Go to Mexico and build houses for families that are living on the street” We say “Ok, God….. Of course we will!”
Now that may sound simple in itself, but I can tell you this is a (another) real step of faith for us! For one, it is not cheap to travel half way around the world and live for 2 weeks. Secondly, it’s one thing for Phil and I to step out of our comfort zone, but it’s a whole other thing to take our kids completely out of their comfort zone!
After taking the kids to Uganda last year to meet our sponsor kids, (you can read about that here) I thought we were done! Yep, we could tick that off as our Faith journey and sit back, relax and live a mundane day to day life…...Yeah, Nah! What was I thinking? I should have known better than to think God was done with us!
And so we are off again! Team Strong leave in less than 3 weeks for another Family Adventure. We will spend 2 weeks building 2 homes with Homes of Hope for families that are currently living on the street. We are travelling with 3 other families and as the excitement and the nerves escalate, we are excited to see what God has in store for us, as a family and for each one of us who is taking this step of faith.
You can read more about the 4 families travelling together here and also how you can partner with us!