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Archive for June, 2010

Packing, packing, packing…

Packing is the story of our lives right now. I look around and wonder will we really be ready by July 12? It’s hard to believe that in 2 weeks all this will be done and we’ll be on a jet plane bound for Luleå! We’ll all be rejoicing that day!!!! If anyone feels bored at home, feel free to come and help pack!!! There are so many other odds and ends to accomplish before we leave, too. They don’t seem like much, but each one takes time. So do keep us in your prayer — for patience, wisdom, energy, perseverance, & peace! Thanks!!

We’re having special fun times too – doing some fun things as a family and spending special times with friends, sometimes face to face and other times on the phone! This week the kids will be going to an Oceanography class at our local library. They have been so bored with mommy being so occupied. They’re old enough to need something more to do but not quite old enough to help pack. I try to take an hour break each day and take them to the pool and I’m hoping this short course will help with their boredom. Just DON’T call it school!!!

Tomorrow morning or I guess it’s actually this morning; we go to church to worship our amazing God! I am so looking forward to that refreshment to help refocus on what’s really important!!! Have a blessed day as you worship Jesus too!!!!

Hey Luleå…here come the Martins!

“I will seek you in the morning, And I will learn to walk in Your ways, And step by step You’ll lead me, And I will follow you all of my days.” (from Step By Step by Rich Mullins)

God leads and we’re learning to follow. Less than three weeks after we got our visas, the next step God lead us thru was the process of getting a flat in Luleå (a very interesting process from across the Atlantic with only a layout drawing and metric dimensions).  The rental agency approved our application and mailed the lease which our pastor in Luleå graciously translated so we could sign. By June 8, the leasing process was complete.

Yesterday, we followed God thru the process of buying our flight tickets. We leave July 12 from Newark and arrive in Luleå the following day. I think the reality that we’re actually moving is finally sinking in!

God’s also taking us, step by step, into a deeper faith and trust in Him than we ever imagined. We still need to sell our house and van before we leave. Would you pray with us regarding these things? If you or anyone you know is interested in buying either, post a comment to this blog.

I recently had a discussion with someone regarding our ministry where I stated, “There’s no turning back!” We’re committed to following God wherever He leads us all of our days! Why not partner with us and help send our account “over the top?” Your tax-deductible gift should be made out to United World Mission and mailed to PO Box 602002, Charlotte, NC  28260-2002. You can also donate online at and create a user account to track your gifts. You can also set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) there by downloading the form.

Now…back to following.