Well friends, the countdown has begun. The flights are booked and we have an official departure date less than 50 days from now!
We’re all getting extra vaccines to make sure we’re protected from any diseases that we can minimize the risk of getting.
Our moving bins have been purchased and we are deciding what makes the cut to come with us as airline luggage.
We’re compiling a newsletter / Christmas card list to keep people up to date on our status.
God is good. He continues to show Himself faithful to us. This season is a hard season of letting go and goodbyes, but God has been present and is comforting our hearts.
We are trusting in His provision for our needs which seem to loom so large right now.
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We are so grateful for those of you who are already supporting us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- When are you leaving?
We are leaving in early January. For security reasons we’re not posting the specific date publicly online, but if you’d like to know so you can better pray for us or make plans just send us an email or text and we’d be happy to give you specifics as needed.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell: 423-785-7626
- Are you ready?
Physically: Not yet, we are just moving into the actual packing stage. Nathan is moving to a more part-time schedule of urgent care shifts. And we are finishing up our fundraising visits. And the holidays are upon us with our departure immediately thereafter. Pray for us to make time for the important things and work quickly and wisely with the time we have left.
Mentally: Our family is struggling with the process of simplifying and the upheaval of our rhythms and norms in this time of transition. But we are looking forward to creating a new more simple rhythm in language school and beyond.
- How are you feeling?
Mostly excited and a little scared! A little overwhelmed with all the details to be juggled and remembered.
- How are you doing with the fundraising?
We only get updates once a month to tell us how many people have given one time donations or started/continued monthly giving to the Samaritan’s Purse Project Account. And as of last month we had about 1/5 of our monthly goal ($3,000/m) coming in to the fund as recurring gifts. With our recent vaccines and paying for our family’s 2-way flight we have used up all the money in the fund and most of the one-time gifts that we have been given. So that’s a little scary. But since receiving that statement we’ve had several fundraising pushes and many pledges, so we hope and pray that we are a lot closer to our goal. We know that God is faithful, and we have been encouraging our children to pray for his provision.
- Where are you going again?
Central America, The country of Honduras. Ultimately to a rural area on the northern coast, the closest large city is La Ceiba. The Hospital we will live near and serve at is called Hospital Loma de Luz. But for the first 6 months we will be in language school in the middle of Honduras.
- What kind of medical practice will you have?
As a family medicine doctor Nathan will be doing full-time clinic work, inpatient hospital work, emergency visits (for all ages), and limited obstetrics (I’m not ready to do C-sections independently). At Loma de Luz we will see everything from acute trauma to chronic conditions, and newborns through end-of-life care. Bethany is not committed to doing clinical work as a Physician Assistant at this time. For now she feels called to first oversee our home and the girls’s upbringing and formation. Once we have had our next baby, completed language school, and settled in to life at Loma de Luz, we will be praying for God’s direction in how to be faithful ministers in our home, in our hospital, and beyond.
- What will you be doing for the girl’s schooling?
Bethany and I are excited to home school our girls. If other opportunities arise or we feel God calling us to supplement or change that plan, we will do our best to obey.
- You’re having another baby??? Is it a boy or a girl? When? Wait, where will you give birth?
-Yes we are excited that God has chosen to bless and entrust us with a fourth baby.
-Ultrasound indicates she is another little girl.
-We are due in Late March. (Yes, that is after our departure date)
-Provided the pregnancy continues to goes well and God does not direct us otherwise, we will plan to leave language school a few weeks before baby is due and go to Loma de Luz where Bethany can be delivered. On that carefully made decision and final note, I’d like to leave you with this quote, “There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”―
Do you have unanswered questions? Leave us a comment or send us an email: email@example.com
Grace & Peace,
Nathan & Bethany Gilley
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are not the views of Samaritan’s Purse or World Medical Mission.
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Thank you for sharing, Nathan and Bethany!
So excited for your departure that fast approaches, and for your growing family. Praying for you, your fund-raising, and your ministry. God is in control.
Lance Plyler, MD
Medical Director | WORLD MEDICAL MISSION
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