It’s hard to believe, even for us, that this month we are celebrating 5 years of having lived in Masatepe. Although a lot has happened in that time, as life tends to do, it has passed by like the blink of an eye.
5 years ago we had little more than a vision. We had sold everything, packed a few bags, and set out on a journey we believed would only be 2 or 3 years of life abroad. No kids, little to worry about, an adventure ahead. 2 years in we realized we had barely gotten our feet wet and we sensed for the first time that we were in it for the long haul.
If you are reading this blog, it’s likely you’ve followed us along the way. Whether as friends, family, supporters, or all of the above, you have been a part of our journey as we’ve processed next-steps, prayed through decisions, and held on during the bumpy ride.
In those brief 5-years, we’ve grown our family by two, arguably the most challenging thing we’ve done yet 🙂
We’ve learned to live in our second language more than our first. Arguably the second most challenging thing we’ve done yet!
We’ve launched 4 businesses, a non-profit and a chamber of commerce. No small feat, but a lot of fun.
We’ve grown from just the two of us, to a team of 40, somehow convincing others along the way that God was doing something special and worth joining us in.
We’ve made hundreds, if not thousands, of new friends.
We’ve formed alliances, partnerships and cohorts that are doing some amazing things to see lives and communities transformed.
We’ve taught, and we’ve been taught. We’ve led, and we’ve been led.
We’ve fallen in love with a new “home”, while constantly missing our old one.
Given all that has unfolded, we decided to put together a graphical timeline that represents the journey. Please join us in walking down memory lane as we celebrate all that God has done in us and through us over these past 5 adventurous years!