In Sickness and in Health

Battling cancer with love, medicine, and the Giver of both.

Way Over Due Cont’d.

on September 18, 2014

#2. Josh and I are planning to move to Jerusalem, Israel, this coming January.

#3. I’m not a liar!

Our decision has certainly not been as abrupt as this post.  It’s kind of a long story, so I will be brief.  Essentially, we were contacted by CAM (Christian Aid Ministries) earlier this summer.  They were wondering if Josh would be interested in filling an administrative assistant position.  Our initial reaction was uncertainty.  This was a ‘dream come true’ in many ways but the timing and various other factors did not seem quite right.  Josh has only one more year of online schooling and did not want to interrupt that too much.  I was enrolled and ready to go back for schooling myself.  I also wrestled a bit with the thing of “Am I strong enough?” and “Will I be able to be medically followed over there.”  Lots of questions and a few concerns, with a small amount of hope thrown in.

We were scheduled to have a meeting with CAM a few weeks later.  We were just praying that God would clearly direct us one way or the other through that meeting.  A few days before we met, I told Josh, “I really don’t think we will be going.”  I was sad but wanted whatever was best.

News Flash: Women’s intuitions are not always accurate!

And all the men said “Amen!”

And I say, “Thank God!”

It turned out to be a wonderful meeting.  All of the questions/concerns we brought to them were answered and allayed.  Needless to say, we were thrilled!  I don’t think we have run into one closed door yet.  Josh will need to slow down his schooling, but he should be able to finish it over there since it’s online.  I have had a lot of peace about not doing schooling myself at this time.  I had wanted to go for Early Childhood Education.  It sounds like I may be able to be involved in some kind of Day Care/Kindergarten over there.  And the medical system is quite advanced, so we are good on that count as well.  And everything else in between has fallen into place.  It all still seems very surreal.

We are not required to commit to any amount of time, so it’s rather indefinite.  This is how we want it!

Amidst all of the excitement, we obviously feel pain as well when we think of leaving family and community and friends!  It hits in waves.  And I’m sure the intensity will only increase as the time approaches.

I’ve also dealt with ‘what if’ fears over my health, afraid that something will prevent us from going.  But all of these fears are hushed when I recall that it’s in His good heart that I have come to rest.  Whatever He wills, it will be okay.

Again, I stand in awe of how He has “brought me out into a place of abundance.” Praise to His name!!

And so we journey on…….

12 responses to “Way Over Due Cont’d.

  1. Brenda says:

    Hi Jean and Josh,

    It sounds exciting! Thank you for keeping us in your updates.


  2. Brandon Mullet says:

    Thanks for the update and the news flash on women’s intuition. Very hopeful! 🙂

  3. Edgar and Evelyn Strite says:

    Jean, we have been so excited about this opportunity for you and Josh. Sounds like adventure. Kind of like going out on a limb with God. It’s time we talk by phone.

  4. Cheryl Stoltzfus says:

    Jean, it has been so long since Bible School prayer partner days, but your journey is amazing!
    God bless you and your husband as you continue following Him.

  5. How interesting! I’m very happy for you!

    • joshandjean says:

      Hey, long lost friend! I’ve been thinking of you and desiring to contact you for awhile now. And to think I didn’t even follow your blog or know about it until now. Blah!! Double blah. Well, we can’t do blogging in Israel, unfortunately, so I hope to read yours now in the few months I have left. Seriously, I miss you! And all those cool talk times we had once upon a time! Love to you!

      On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM, In Sickness and in Health wrote:


  6. Jerusalem!! That is so exciting!!

  7. Lauretta E. says:

    It is so exciting to hear you are going to Israel. We visited there last fall and it is such an interesting place. Would like to go again and see you too!!! Sure you’ll have wonderful experiences. I read the “Budget” news from there first each week. God bless as you think of a new field of work.

  8. Lanita Eby says:

    I’m glad I found your blog, Jean! When i saw you this post weekend I had a vague recollection of reading a blog awhile back that Naomi had linked to on Facebook… it was when you were quite sick. I wasn’t at all confident in my memory and didn’t want to just out and ask of you have/had cancer. I found your blog through your sisters tribute to Naomi blog post. So interesting reading a bit of your journey these past years, and I rejoice with you that you are experiencing health! And God bless as you anticipate going to Jerusalem!

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