For the last seven years, Jennifer has been home-schooling our two girls. In the past, while it’s very time consuming and sometimes difficult, it hasn’t been overwhelming as it is now. Our lives have been blasted into warp drive ever since we joined the One7 staff. Since I don’t get paid anything through One7, I continue working full time with DaVita Healthcare. Jennifer has tried to juggle the girl’s education and work 24/7 as the office administrator for One7. It just isn’t working out.
Ministry isn’t something that you can just put in your 8-5, clock out, and then go home. It’s around the clock dedication that can sometimes be very difficult. I work 6-2:30 each day and then drive for soccer games, normal pick-up’s for One7 activities all week, work on the website, the blog, and anything else I can help with. Jennifer home-schools all day, works on the laptop and answers One7 texts, and then goes into the office each day to do more work there. Most nights, we are not home before ten and hardly ever in bed before eleven. But wait, we have the weekends to recover from such a rough week. Nope. Weekends are full of soccer, outreach, and mission trips. It is One7 life, and we love it.
We’ve decided that we need to place the girls in school so that Jennifer can focus on One7 work. We are putting the girls in Charlotte United Christian Academy next year. While we are both technically on staff with One7, Jennifer is the only one in our family who gets paid. Realistically, we can’t afford the school on my salary. As you all know very well, this day and age trying to live on one income presents some challenges. However, we believe that God will continue to provide the funds we need to make this happen. We know that at anytime, a non-profit organization such as One7 could be gone tomorrow, thus taking with it the only source of funding currently for the girl’s school. We are stepping out in faith and believing that the money for their education will be there each month, exactly when it needs to be.
Anytime we take a risk, step off the ledge, and trust that God will catch us, He always has. While some things we do, not only personally, but also with One7, may seem crazy to most, we know that nothing is impossible with God. We would like to ask that you continue to pray for us and One7. God is using this ministry as a light to a community so dark and full of people with nowhere to turn and no hope to cling to. We are blessed each day to be a small part of that. If Jennifer didn’t get paid, we would still be doing all that we are now. Every day of the week. No question.
Thank you so much for your prayers. I will keep you updated as we adjust to all the changes happening in our own lives, and that of One7.