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Friday, September 10, 2010

Two Week Notice

After many months of praying and seeking the Lord's direction for our family regarding missions, the time has finally come to take action! Today I turned in my two week notice at my airline that will be effective on September 25. It is hard to believe how fast the time has crept up on us! We have been praying and seeking counsel for many months and now it is here. I only have two more trips to fly before I turn in all my manuals, charts, and ID badges. I will no longer be an airline pilot. For those on the outside looking in, our decision to quit my airline pilot job to go overseas for missions is stupid. Why would I give up a job that could potentially earn an easy six figure salary with multiple days off a month? If you had told me two years ago that this is what I would be doing, I might even have said you were crazy! But, as I was walking into the chief pilot's office today, I had an extreme sense of affirmation. I know that God is bigger than the plans I had for myself. As I was at the airport I was watching all the FedEx planes that were flying overhead, I couldn't help but go back to the days when I was so sure I would be the one flying them. I mean, that's why I got into flying wasn't it? I wanted to move up the ladder of success, make more money, have a better quality of life with ease, comfort, and security. All these things were going through my head as I was waiting for the meeting with our chief pilot. But, there was one word that was pushing all of those things out of the way....RUBBISH! Paul speaks of losses we experience in life that are gains when it comes to His kingdom in Phil. 3:7-11. All of these things are good things. But, whatever could have been my gain, I count as LOSS for His sake.

Not only did I turn in my two week notice, but I also had orientation for mechanic school that will be starting in just two and a half weeks! The actual orientation just consisted of a lot of paperwork and general information. Not that exciting...but what did excite me was realizing that this is the start of a new chapter in our family's life and a new road to venture down. I am very excited to begin school and to learn a whole new aspect of aviation. I have learned the art of flying airplanes, but now comes the challenge of being able to repair and maintain the aircraft I will be flying. I am not really the handiest person around, but I do look forward to God using His abilities to equip me.

Jennifer and I also want to thank everyone who is currently taking part in supporting us in prayer and financially during this time. Global Ministries Foundation has been a huge blessing to us by sending out all of our support letters along with handling the money that has been donated to us. We are full swing in fund raising mode now that I will be unemployed and a full time student in just two weeks. We have been blessed by the gifts of a number of people and we are praying for more. Monthly commitments are still what we need the most of, but any gift of any amount is truly appreciated and desired! We hope that you have received our support letters. (if you have not or would like to, please post a comment on here or email me and we can work that out!) We are still pretty far under our monthly budget that we posted in our letter. Just for the sake of redundancy, our monthly budget is $4000/month. Right now in just monthly gifts we are only about 25% funded. We have received one time gifts that are very helpful as well for things such as school tuition, books, and tools. The one time gifts will be committed to items such as school costs and flight currency. Jennifer and I do want to ask you to partner with us financially if you are able. We also want to stress that we are not just out soliciting people for cash so we can ease by. We want people to invest what they can in what God is doing through our family. Also, the need will only become greater at this point. As I mentioned, our budget now is $4000/month. Once we are accepted into MAF as missionaries, that number will go up to $6500/month. So, the needs we have now are less than they will be. We know that raising support can be uncomfortable for people, heck, it is for us, but we know that it is necessary for us. We also want to be humble in the process too. We understand not all people can give and money is definitely tight for a lot of people now with job losses and economic climate.

Lastly, we want to be available to talk to you about our ministry. If you are the least bit interested or have question about what we are doing, we want to be at your disposal. We want to be gracious to those who give and those who don't or cannot. To be blunt though, we do need your support! Would you pray about becoming a financial partner with us? God has brought us to this point, and now we are confident that He will call others to take part in it as well. If you are willing and able to give, please contact us by email at: ajtaylor7@gmail.com or by phone: 901-497-1620. Thanks again to everyone who is praying for us and we look forward to updating you soon once school starts.

Grace and Peace,


Friday, July 30, 2010

Letters are out!

I want to start this post with an apology for being so tardy in updating what's going on with us! Things have been quite busy around here with being out of town, work, and trying to assemble everything for GMF to get our support letters out. We are now in the beginning of our transition phase from a normal working class family to a family entering into full time ministry living off of raised support that God will provide. I have to be frank, it was a lot easier to think about this transition last year when it was still 9 months away. Well, now we are just shy of two months before I begin aircraft mechanic school! I guess it's time to put our money where our mouth is, as the phrase goes.

God is definitely still teaching us new things each and every day that encourages us in this journey that we are on. I recently met with a missionary from the MIddle East and he had some great advice. One thing he said that really struck me was the notion of being self sufficient. Throughout this process I have always thought of us as being self sufficient when it comes to income. You know, going to work, depositing paychecks, shopping for food, etc. He completely humbled me by saying that no one is really self sufficient in ANY way! If this economy has shown us anything, it is that no one is self sufficient and though you may have a job today, tomorrow you may be unemployed. I say all of this because God has made it known to us that we have never been self sufficient, and as we trust in Him to meet our needs, He will provide like He always has (even when I did have a job).

As the title of this post indicates, GMF has now sent out our ministry and support letters! This is a very exciting time for us! We are looking forward to seeing God raise up supporters who will join us in the Lord's mission of reconciling all peoples and nations to himself. The process has been challenging at times, but very rewarding as well. For those of you receiving the letter, there will be a brief introduction of GMF and the Missionary Aviation Outreach (MAO) that Richard Hamlet has put in place for our ministry. The letter that Jenn and I wrote is included as well. We have included a personal and a ministry budget that will enable us to continue in ministry. The personal budget is more of day to day expenses such as house payment, insurance, food, and other miscellaneous costs. The ministry budget is geared more to the expenses for school, tools I will need to buy, books, and flight currency. Some may wonder why I need flight currency while I'm in school. Well, since I will be a pilot/mechanic with MAF, I don't need to lose any flight skills that I have since I will be flying most days on the field. Flying about twice a month will keep me up to speed. Raising support is definitely not something that Jenn and are used to, but we hope and pray that you will consider partnering with us during this process. Some people might be more hesitant to give because we are not leaving for overseas immediately, but one thing we have to explain is that this type of missionary work takes much more technical training than most other ministries. Missionary aviation works together with other ministries and helps mobilize and facilitate missions, but the act of becoming a missionary pilot takes a lot of training and time to do it.

As people are getting the letters in the mail our main prayer is that God will stir their hearts for God's mission for His people. Of course we hope that people will give out of the thankfulness of their hearts, but more importantly that God will be glorified! Also, if you are reading this blog and have not received a letter and would like to then please email me your name and address at: ajtaylor7@gmail.com.

Know that Jenn and I are praying for you all and are humbled by your interest in what God is doing in our family! Please let us know if there is any way we can serve you as well.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us run with endurance the race that has been set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" - Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our MAF visit in Idaho

Just last week, Jennifer and I had the awesome opportunity to fly out to Nampa, Idaho and meet with some of the MAF staff at their headquarters. We figured that while we still have flight privileges we might as well use them. So we left last Monday morning EARLY and flew to Boise, connecting in Salt Lake City. The interesting part was that we had to fly standby, but God made it happen and we were able to get seats on all of our flights, even though it was pretty tight on several of them!

We arrived in Boise and were met by a sweet lady named Judy. She drove us to the headquarters in Nampa, about 30 minutes from Boise, and checked into our apartment on campus (which was incredibly nice!) and got ready for an afternoon of tours and meetings. We sat down with Ron Hilbrands, who is the director of recruiting for MAF, for several hours. He also gave us a tour of the MAF campus (which was state of the art in every way!) and airplane hangars. It was pretty neat seeing the MAF planes for the first time, knowing that this is what I will be flying in the future! He showed us where we will be doing a lot of our training once we are accepted for missionary service and was able to answer a lot of questions that we had. Jennifer also had the opportunity to meet with several former missionary wives at the end of the day. This was a very cool time for her because she was able to ask questions about what life was like overseas as a mother raising children. I think she was tired of hearing airplane talk all afternoon! She also was very encouraged by their stories, but also challenged with the reality of raising a family in another country. Overall it was a very productive afternoon and we felt affirmed that this is what God is calling us to do. We spent the night at the headquarters and got some dinner at the local Subway before crashing for the night. We were exhausted since we had been up since 4 that morning for the early flight out. The next morning we finished up some last minute items we had to get done before leaving and we were driven back to Boise by another sweet lady named Chrissy. She was a former missionary wife in Papua, Indonesia so it was neat to hear of all her stories.

Now the play time of the trip began...

We had planned on spending the day in Boise as a one day getaway for Jennifer and I. Neither of us had been to Boise before so we booked a hotel room in the middle of downtown and explored Boise for a day. We started off by walking to an amazing New York style pizza joint called Guido's. Very cheap and very good pizza! After a great lunch we decided to go see a movie, since it was still raining a little bit. In case you didn't know, Jenn and I haven't seen a movie in a theater in over a year, easily! So we jumped at the opportunity and saw Iron Man 2, which we both liked a lot! We even splurged on popcorn and a Coke! After the movie we noticed the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing so we decided to go on a bike ride! It's pretty neat because our hotel loans out bikes for free to guests, so we jumped all over that! I especially felt cool because the bike I rode looked like something from the 70's and I could tell many people were jealous of my sweet ride! We rode down to what's called the Greenbelt, which is a trail that borders the river near downtown with tons of parks. It was absolutely beautiful! (We took some pictures and had planned to post them on here, but while we were snapping photos we dropped the camera and broke it! Jenn was pretty upset about that since she loves pictures so much, but we will try to post some on here when we can) A cool part of the bike ride for me was being able to ride around the campus of Boise State University! For any football fans out there, Boise State has the blue football field. It looks weird on TV, but pretty cool in person. So of course I had to get some pictures of that! I will post those later as well! After our bike ride - which my butt still hurts from that stupid bike seat - we sat down and had an awesome dinner at our hotel restaurant and then called it a night. The next morning we flew back to Memphis and even got to ride first class on one of our flights, which was pretty sweet!

Overall, we had an amazing time in Idaho, and frankly can't wait to go back! Thanks for everyone's prayers for our trip. After having reflected on everything we learned out there and the people we met, we definitely felt a sense of affirmation from the Lord that this is what He wants us to do. Recently God has been working on my heart once again involving stepping out in faith. I am reading through Genesis right now and just finished the chapter where God calls Abram (Abraham) to go to a land that He has set out for him. Abraham had no clue where he was going...but he went. I'm sure Abraham was nervous, went outside of his comfort zone, and was grieved at having to leave everything he knew behind. But, he still went. Lately, God has been challenging me with this. I want to have faith like Abraham! My flesh cries against everything that God is telling us to do! I don't want to leave family. I like my comfortable house, my job that I'm comfortable with, my church, and the security I feel when I go to bed at night. I'm just being honest here! But...we must go. God may change these plans but for now, we feel that He is telling us to go.

Sorry for the long post again. We will try to post pictures from our trip soon. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and also pray about joining us soon financially. God is using people even now to be senders and goers. Ask God what role you can have in His mission and plan for the nations!

Grace and Peace,


Monday, May 3, 2010

Global Ministries Fellowship

It's a blessing to be able to write another update on what God is doing in our family. The last month or so has been pretty hectic for me with Jennifer going to Africa, work, and the everyday battles of parenthood. Nevertheless, God is sovereign and He continues to amaze us as we pursue obedience to Him through foreign missions.

As I have mentioned previously, one of the scariest and hardest moves we will make in our journey comes in just a few months. I will be quitting my job at Pinnacle Airlines and pursuing school full-time to obtain my aviation maintenance certification for missionary flying. The thought of me quitting passes through our minds daily because neither Jenn, nor I have ever made such a bold step of faith. Well, I guess Jenn did when she married me, but whatever. Knowing we will not have a steady source of income is unnerving and doesn't make sense from a worldly standpoint. But, this is what God is calling us to do and we are "pressing on" as Paul says in Philippians. We are so excited to see how God will provide and how He will shape our relationship with Him and with each other.

One part of raising support that we are a little apprehensive about it whether people will give or not. We have come to the conclusion, however, that God will raise up supporters and He will be faithful regardless of how much money we have in our bank account. Through all the counsel we have received we have been told many times that it would be beneficial to join with a non-profit organization to aid in our support raising. Now, I have ZERO experience when it comes to non-profit groups and really don't know what I'm doing, so each day is a new learning experience. So, we just started asking around to see if anyone recommended any non-profit groups we could talk to. My parents and many others mentioned GMF, or Global Ministries Fellowship. They are based here in Memphis and aid in ministries all over the globe, including our church Living Hope when we were just starting out.

We contacted them a couple weeks ago by email explaining to them what we are doing and if they would be able to help us as we begin the life of full-time ministry. Within a week we heard back from Richard Hamlet, who is the president of GMF, asking us to come in for an interview. This got us pretty excited because we knew this could be a big step forward in helping us raise support. We met with Richard and his wife Ginger for about two hours last Thursday, and the meeting could not have gone better! Once we began explaining what we were doing and we listened to them tell us what GMF is about, it seemed that God had definitely planned this from the beginning. Jenn and I both came out of the meeting very encouraged, humbled, and mostly grateful to the Lord for opening this door for us. We still need to go through the application process, which should hopefully begin this week, and complete a budget and mission report. Please pray for us in this, because we want to be good stewards of what God has given us and what will be provided for us by our future financial partners.

Before I end, I want to quickly explain what the benefit is of joining a group such as GMF. Basically, they will aid us in everything that has to do with our ministry and financial support raising. So, let's say you want to partner with us (and we pray you do) and you go to write a check. Instead of just writing a check to: Andrew and Jennifer Taylor, you will now write a tax deductible check to GMF who will then pass it on to us. GMF ensures that all of our funds are managed properly, legally, and reputably. GMF will also send out all of our quarterly newsletters and any other updates that we need to get out to our supporters. When we draft our mission report, they will send it out in mass to all the people we want. That means, no spending $200 on stamps, ink, paper or worrying if we missed someone. GMF handles these tasks for missionaries all over the world and we are humbled to be able to be a part of a great ministry. If you are interested in GMF beyond what I have told you, then go to their website.


We want to thank everyone who is still keeping us in your prayers. We definitely need them on a daily basis! It has just amazed us how God is leading us through all the steps we need to take. Even this latest event with GMF has been one of the many wide open doors that God continues to lead us through. It gives us a sense that this truly is what He is calling us to do. Please pray about joining us in our ministry as we prepare to go and tell the nations about Christ! Though we still have a long journey ahead of us, it is not possible without your faithful support. We are confident the Lord will provide! We hope to get our mission report out to everyone by the middle of the summer. Until then, keep us in your prayers and we will continue to pray for you!

Grace and Peace,


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back door

I did something stupid yesterday.

I must start by saying I am totally afraid of the girls falling in a pool when I am not watching. So usually I am extra alert when we are around pools and make sure to lock every lock and shut every door if we are in a house with a pool in the backyard. This weekend, the girls and I are staying at Andrew's parents house while they are out of town. And they have a pool in the backyard. I am sweating just typing about this now.

Yesterday, the girls were playing in the den (which has a door that leads outside to the backyard, and the pool). Lucy (their dog) needed to go outside, so I let her out and locked the door. But I didn't deadbolt it with the key. I just turned the lock on the door handle. I went to clean out the litter box in the laundry room but could still hear Hannah's voice and could quickly check and see the girls playing from where I was standing. I quickly swept up the litter on the floor and noticed that I could still hear Hannah's voice and she was saying something about water...and it sounded kinda far away. And I dropped the broom and ran. Faster than I have run in a long time.

I found the back door wide open. And Hannah standing over Caitlyn saying, "Don't touch the water, Cate!" And Caitlyn was on the side of the pool, squatting, and touching the water with her fingertips. I scooped her up and just couldn't stop saying, "Thank you, Lord, thank you Lord."

Later that afternoon, when the kids were napping, I was just standing by the back door looking outside. The storm had come and gone, and now the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun was out. And through tears, all I could say was "thank you, Lord for not taking Caitlyn at this time. You could have, but thank you." A beautiful black butterfly with shiny turquoise wings landed so close to me and stayed there for about 10 minutes slowly flapping his wings. And God reminded me (again) that He is sovereign. That even when I think I have everything under control, He is in control. And He's always watching over me. His timing and will are perfect.

So thank you, Lord. Thank you for another day with Cate, another gentle reminder that you are always at work and always watching over us. Thank you for everything.


"I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High." Psalm 7:17

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Shoes. Shoes. And more shoes!!! All these shoes pictured will be traveling with me and a team from Living Hope to Kenya this week! We will be leaving Thursday night and arriving on Saturday to love on the sweet children at The Haven and The Fresh Start Orphanages. This will be a time of encouraging the children and local pastors and reaching out to the surrounding families that live near the orphanage. But I have a feeling that we will be the most encouraged by these children who love the Lord and have so much love to give!

Just a few months ago, I was sitting in church when I saw a short video on upcoming mission opportunities. The one that pierced my heart was the opportunity to love and serve some Kenyan orphans. I could hear God whisper, "Go." But I thought, "No way! I can't leave the girls for 10 days. How would we pay for that? Could Andrew take off work for that long? If not, who would watch the girls? How would Andrew survive that long without me? :) And how would I survive that long without him and the girls? And again, how could we ever afford that?

But God whispered again, "Now is the time." And I couldn't stop thinking about those Kenyan children. So after a lot of prayer, I sent out letters for prayer and financial support. And God took care of everything beautifully. He reminded me that He is in control. Always. And that He cares for me. And once again, I was amazed at what He did. And God provided ALL the money through very generous donations from family and dear friends. And I am amazed and so excited that He would allow me to be a part of this.

So today the team from Living Hope packed suitcases full of coloring books, crayons, pens, Bibles, first aid kits, suits for the men, bubbles, and plenty of shoes! We will lovingly distribute these things among the kids and the adult workers at the orphanage. But most of all, I can't wait to hug and love these kids and remind them that they are loved so much by all of us here and by their Father in Heaven.

If you read this, please take a moment to pray for our trip: that we would have safe travels, that we would all stay healthy, that we would truly be an encouragement to the Kenyan pastors and all the children in the orphanage, that we would honor God in our thoughts and actions, that we would proclaim the Lord's name in everything we do there, and that we would reflect the Lord's love so these children would be refreshed and renewed in their relationships with Him. And that we might have a new understanding about being adopted by the King!

I am excited to go and can't wait to see how the Lord will be working in all of our lives over this trip. I'm looking forward to worshipping the Lord with our brothers and sisters in Kenya. And I am crying out to the Lord to continue to change me, to help me rest in Him, to help me adore Him over everything else in my life, and to continue this good work that He has started in me. Can't wait to love these kids...one shoe at a time!


"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:25-26

Monday, March 22, 2010

To go or not to go?

This has been the pressing question that has been lingering in my mind for the past several weeks. I apologize that it's been a while since I've written, but for the last month our family has dealt with fevers, pink eye, colds, and bad coughs. So, now that we are over all that, things are returning to normal around here....if there is such a thing as "normal" with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Jennifer and I want to express our thanks once again for all your prayers and support. We are still walking down this long path that God is leading us on and getting directions along the way.

One question I have always had about missionaries is, "How did you know you were called?". We have been wrestling with this issue for quite a while now. As I posted earlier, I always felt that missionaries were the super Christians or those with special powers or something. But, the more Scripture I read, the more I see that the missionaries in the New Testament like Paul and Timothy are just normal dudes with an amazing passion and devotion to God. They have been transformed by the Gospel and it is lived out in every area of their lives. So, having come to that conclusion I often wonder, "How did they get to that point?". I think for us it's been more of a slow calling. I compare our experience to Elijah. God has not been in the fire or the earthquake. For us it's been more of a gently whisper over time. It's been almost exactly a year from when we started feeling God was going to change something. It just happens to be that something is overseas missions...which sometimes when I think about it scares me. Satan has really been attacking me lately with many ungodly and self satisfying thoughts. He is constantly in my ear asking me if I'm sure we really want to go live in another country. If I want to leave my job and the success I could possibly have in the future. That more money awaits me if we stay here in the U.S. That I'm not good enough, strong enough, or spiritual enough to represent Christ among the lost. Even something as simple as being short tempered with my family. These are all things that are happening.

Having said that, I know that God will equip us because He is calling us. I know that we have an advocate in Jesus! I know that I'm not good enough, and I never will be. I may not have all the knowledge of a scholar or the discipline of a monk, but I want to be obedient. That's what God has shown me lately. He is telling me to be obedient and He will figure out the rest. So, no matter what satan throws at us, we know that the battle has already been won and we are striving daily to be obedient to His calling for our lives.

It's funny because I find myself still wavering everyday. I will wake up one morning with a desire to leave immediately to serve. But, then I'll wake up the next morning and while I'm praying ask God if He's sure this is what He wants for us. Again, satan will not leave us alone and I'm starting to figure out why. He is threatened! The last thing satan wants is for us to leave our comfort and security here and go share the Gospel with people who have never heard. So he will do everything he can to stop us. This is one spiritual battle that I am not used to. I have found myself more often having to quote Scripture throughout the day to drive satan away. I really am beginning to understand more what Paul says about how our battle is not against the flesh but against the powers of darkness.

We are all excited to see where God will lead us. Our long journey is still just beginning but we are enjoying the ride because we have never truly had to depend on God like we are now. Previously, God had been someone I could turn to when I needed help, wanted something, or was asking Him to heal someone. I have never experienced God before in the way I am experiencing Him now. When faced with the situation of quitting my job and leaning on Him to provide the needs of my family, for me, that's where the rubber meets the road. I'll be honest...I'm a little nervous sometimes about what the future holds. But, what trumps that fear is the faithfulness of a Savior who gave up EVERYTHING for me! If I truly believe what Jesus says about not worrying about tomorrow and how He will provide for his children, then what do I have to worry about? If God is for us who can be against us? I must take Jesus at His word!

For those that take the time to read my random meanderings, I hope that through our experience God will reveal something crazy He might want you to do as well. If you told me two years ago that we would feel the call to overseas missions I would have said you are crazy. But, God has led us to where we are now for His glory. My hope is that more will feel the call to go. Thank you for your prayers, they are needed so much. And as uncomfortable as I feel typing this, we are asking you and others to continue to partner with us in prayer and in the future financially. God is our true provider and we seek Him for our needs, but we also feel that God will use the community of faith to help provide. We could not do this without your faithful support and we ask that God will bless you as He leads you down a path you may not expect.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


A couple of things have happened just in the last week that we wanted to share with you. As I stated in my previous post, I will be enrolling as a full time student to obtain my aircraft mechanic certification. The school that we had been looking at was Northwest Mississippi Community college, literally up the road from us. However, God has opened up a door to another school that we are pursuing.

As I was browsing the internet the other night I came across another mechanic school called Tennessee Tech. I had heard about it before but figured it would be too expensive being out of state and all, but it turns out that it's actually cheaper and shorter! The NW Community College is a two year program whereas Tenn. Tech is 18 months! Jennifer and I were intrigued by this and so we looked into it. I called them up and got some information on applying and was told the next open class was September 28th of this year and filling up fast. So, I went yesterday and filled out an application and scheduled an aptitude test that they require for entry into the program. Well, I took that test this morning and with a perfect score I have been accepted into the Tennessee Tech mechanic school! It's amazing how God has worked this out because just two days ago I had no thoughts about attending this school.

All of this happened so fast that as I sit here typing I still can't believe how quickly God made this happen. There are several advantages of this school as opposed to NW Community College. One, it's 18 months instead of two years, which gets us going a little bit quicker and I will be able to focus on school more consistently, instead of having a summer break with the other program. Two, it allows me to work at Pinnacle for one more month, and that's one more month we have to raise financial support. The only minus is that it's a 20 minute drive instead of a 5-10 minute drive. (I have to have something to complain about!) This is just such an answered prayer because it definitely gives us more of a plan moving forward, knowing when I'm starting class, the cost, and the total time I'll be in school.

I was given a short tour of the school facility this morning and was very excited about the classes and what I'll be learning. It was a little odd seeing this side of the operation since I'm so used to calling up maintenance personal to fix our airplane so we can fly. From the missionary pilots I have talked to they all say getting mechanic training will make you a better pilot, especially on the mission field.

Jennifer and I are very excited about my acceptance into the school and see it as another God ordained step towards our long journey. We want to thank everyone who has been praying for us! We seriously could not do all of this if it weren't for faithful intercessory prayers of our family, friends, and church community. We treasure each and every one of you and pray for you as well. We will keep everyone updated on events that take place and where God continues to lead us.

One area of prayer need right now is for a direction of where God wants us to serve. We have certainly felt the call to go, but where to go is still undetermined. We are willing to go anywhere, but if you could specifically pray that God would place a certain people group and country on our hearts. Again, we treasure the prayers and encouragement and are humbled by your interest in what God is doing in our lives.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Trying to Listen

I thought I would have posted this by now, but we have been pretty busy this week, and we've all been sick too. But, I wanted to share with everyone what we think God is trying to show us.

You've probably noticed by now that the title of this blog is "Taylors on Mission". It probably sounds a little odd without some background, so let me give it to you. Around April of 2009 I began reading Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I bought the book a while back but never really got into it for whatever reason. So, I decided I would see if I was wasting my life, from the perspective of Piper. (Who I am a huge fan of, by the way.) As I was reading this book I could feel the Lord tugging on my heart in many different ways. (Another amazing book is Let the Nations be Glad) Piper tells many stories of missionaries, clergy, and other believers who took enormous leaps of faith in obedience to God. This led me to examine my own life and the allegiances I held and to whom I live for on a daily basis. I could honestly say as a believer in Christ that I didn't know. I received Christ when I was 7, and was raised in a Christian home. I don't feel like I ever departed from the faith, but I also never had asked myself the difficult questions like, "Is God calling me to leave my home, family, and comfort to share the Gospel with the unreached?" I had always assumed that God used extra strong, holy, and super Christians for the mission field.

Now that I had asked myself that question, and others, I could feel a small tug from the Lord that He was going to change something in the future. I'm still not 100% sure what that may be, but I do know that He has put a burden on my and Jennifer's heart for the lost throughout the world that was not there before. I began to realize how many unreached people groups there were in the world. (One great resource to find unreached people groups is www.joshuaproject.net) One thing I have learned is that God has a mission or plan for the nations. And that mission is that His Gospel will be proclaimed throughout the world. I started to take the Great Commission from Matt. 28 seriously for the first time in my life. I asked myself, "am I making disciples?". Also, please don't think I am under some impression that one must go overseas to make disciples. Acts 1:8 dispels that thought when Jesus says you will be my witnesses in Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. That means we do that here in our city, across the region, and throughout the nations.

Jennifer and I feel that God is telling us to go to the nations!

Now, how in the world is this going to happen? That was our first question too. How can we just pick up and go? Well, through much prayer and counsel, we have decided, for now at least, that we are going to pursue overseas opportunities with Mission Aviation Fellowship, or MAF. (www.maf.org) MAF has been a leader on the missionary front reaching unreached people groups since World War Two. We feel that with the skills God has given me as a pilot could be used to reach the lost for Christ. So, obviously this would require me to quit my current job at Pinnacle Airlines. Not only that, but to better equip me on the field, I will also be returning to school for 2 years to obtain my aircraft mechanic certification. What this will enable me to do is keep the airplanes flying once I'm over there. Almost all MAF pilots perform routine maintenance on the airplanes, which helps airplanes stay in service to continue ministry. The school we are looking into now is only 10 minutes from our home here in Olive Branch, MS. The plan for now would be to start sometime in August which would have me graduating in May of 2012.

The scariest aspect of all of this right now is raising support. Having said that, we know God is faithful and will equip us with what we need to move forward. (Matt. 6:33) Since I will have to quit my job, naturally this means we will not have any source of steady income. We are asking family, friends, church community, and you to partner with us. Most importantly, we need your prayers. We would also like to ask you to pray about supporting us financially. We have not crunched the numbers yet, but will have an idea of what our needs will be several months from now after I apply to the school and have been accepted. This is definitely a leap of faith for us and is not natural for us either. We are used to being self sufficient, earning a paycheck, paying for food, clothing, and housing. All this goes away in a couple of months! But, I am reminded of what Paul says in Phil 3. "For whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss for the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as RUBBISH, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him." WOW!! This verse has meant so much to me over the last 6 months because I know that whatever could be considered gain, (money, security, health, comfort, etc.) is dung! - that's what the literal translation says anyway.

It can sound glamourous at times of being a missionary, living abroad, etc. But, when the rubber meets the road and we land wherever God is calling us, it's going to be HARD! We are excited about what God will do and where He will lead us, but we are also aware that we will face trials and possible persecution. We will be ready to face them as God prepares and equips us during the next few years. Sorry for such a long post, but Jennifer and I want everyone we know to be a part of this with us! We definitely can't do it alone. While we continue to fast, pray, and labor over this decision, will you pray with us? We look forward to sharing more with you in the near future. To God be the glory!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

First Post and Hannah's Birthday Party

Well, this is the inaugural post for our blog so here it i goes...As you can see on the front page of our blog, God is doing some crazy and amazing things in our family right now. We are in the midst of raising two girls, Hannah, 3, and Caitlyn, 1, so our lives are filled with laughter, frustration, tears, and joy! We feel so blessed that God has given us each other and we are always looking forward to what God is calling us to do. Namely, for now at least, the leading to pursue overseas missions with Mission Aviation Fellowship, or MAF. (www.maf.org) I will post much more on that in the coming days and weeks.

For this post I wanted to concentrate on our oldest daughter, Hannah, and her birthday party we had today. It is so hard to imagine my little girl already being 3 years old! It seems like just yesterday I was rushing back to Memphis from Cincinnati trying to make it back for her birth. She continues to amaze me everyday at how much she is growing up and the multiple times each day she makes me laugh. The theme of her party was none other than princesses. If Hannah is obsessed with anything these days, it's princesses, especially Sleeping Beauty. Almost daily she watches it and prances around the room dancing to the music. Jennifer's family was able to make the trip from Alabama and most of my family was there as well. We also had some friends from church and small group there with their kids, who Hannah loves! Jennifer made an amazing castle cake and plenty of cupcakes and cookies for the kids. Thanks to everyone that came and we are truly blessed to have each of you in our lives.