We’ve set out. Leaving it all behind. Our family, our friends, our business, our homeschool co-op, our church, our routine and way of life. All to seek and find what this new adventure is calling us to. To help those in need. To be the change we want to see in America (not just talk about it). To give hope where hope is needed, to give love where love is needed. One little starfish at a time.
So we walked through the empty rooms of our house one last time, said good bye to the sticks and paint we’ve lived in for 8 years and left. That was 7 days ago.
Since then we’ve experienced white knuckled driving, unexpected stops and the life distractions of not having a routine with 4 kids. Being missionaries to America is humbling. It reminds me of Jesus’ words, “foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” Luke 9:58.
Yes, we expected this discomfort. We knew a life of traveling wasn’t going to bring the comforts we gave up. We know that it would be replaced with a comfort of following a calling on our family. Like we told our friends at our going away party, “we are more scared not to go than to go.” If no one felt called to leave, we would all still be in Spain thinking the earth was flat. But to follow your calling in most cases will cause you to be uncomfortable and humbled by the task. In our case we are learning to slow down, be present and shed the layers of distraction from the important things. As we travel, we’ve giving items away realizing we just don’t need them.
The words of doubt surround us with each set back and difficulty in transition. Can you really unite America? Is there really any good you can bring to people when you have no material possessions to give? Can you bring others joy? Peace? Hope?
To be honest, it doesn’t feel like it. We have nothing but our house on wheels…. Jesus and following His mighty lead. He says that in our weakness then we are strong. So in this I will choose to believe. In Him I will choose to have my hope. In his presence will I find my strength, His Joy, His Peace and His Hope.
Do I believe that? Maybe it doesn’t matter whether I believe it or not. What matters is if I am where I’m suppose to be when I’m suppose to be there. That’s how you follow a calling.
We invite you to come with us on our journey. As an extension of the great nonprofit Misson Force, you can follow our blog at Charlesandbre.com or Instagram at places_we_have_never_been. Be encouraged! See you out there!
- Charles Crouch
In response we are on day 2 of staying at a beautiful home, parked out front on their paved flat driveway. Chickens running wild and a little orange kitten. This couple came running out to us in the Costco parking lot. They knew we were looking for a place stay the night boondocking at a Walmart or Cabellas parking lot. We were not sure if the one we were near was in a safe location. So we asked, them at the Costco food court…just recently moving to the area as well, they did not know.
This beautiful Mama of three ran out to our RV as we were leaving and asking if we’d like to come stay for a while, and of course we said yes. Her smile screamed safety and comfort for a few nights.
Charles doesn’t know this yet, but yes we actually are at this very home for a purpose. Charles gave a word to a friend of theirs that was spot on and totally encouraged them and lifted their spirits in hope for their Faith. I knew about this guy, but Charles didn’t and the Lord gave him a word and a sympathy pain for his left hand. I believe that we may have been here for him and this family as well. You see they are 4 weeks new to this town as well and needed encouragement in Faith and Friendship. That happened. The bond between our two families in such a short time is priceless.
Sometimes it might be a passing word or a prayer, but sometimes its a longer stay to find trust in the words we say.
You take one family, throw them out of their comfort zone. You take another family willing to share their comforts and you get invaluable time spent together. Meals, stories and children all around laughing playing and finding new comforts that bring peace to the Soul.
Openness and time (slowing down) are so valuable in lifting spirits and bonding hearts.
Written by BreAnne Crouch