Ok...so here are the facts!
Shawn and I have been accepted as missionaries with World Harvest Mission (whm.org - look it up!) This is the mission that we have been working with for the last year and a half. When we went to Sudan and Uganda last year, it was for the purpose of envisioning ourselves there, as part of a team doing God's work. We loved both places and teams, but felt the fit with Sudan was perfect. So we attended Assessment and Orientation. Well, we attended Assessment. It turns out that we needed to work through a few things still in counseling. Not one big thing, but a lot of little things. At first we were taken back by the whole thing...we felt a little humiliated and our pride was wounded. Yet in it all God proved that he is good. (Why do we always question that?) The counseling was amazing and it came at a time that it was definitely needed for us - as we worked through our friend Anthony's death. Counseling aside we did the MMPI test again and, and after 9 months of questions, we were finally approved.
What does all this mean? Considering a lot of my friends that read this have a CMA background I just want to clear a few things up. A 5 year term means that we are on the field for four and then Home assignment for one. The basic term that most missionaries have. We will be support raising - we will need financial and prayer support. Our projected goal of getting to South Sudan (the newest country in the world!) is 18-24 months. As of now we are still at the Troy and Schenectady churches, and these church families have been amazingly supportive and loving! They are excited for us and are walking alongside us in this process.
After we meet with our support coach, get our prayer cards, and do a few other things, we will be getting more info out to you all. But since there are no secrets on Facebook, I thought I should clear up the initial questions! Thanks for your love, support, encouragement, and friendship through all of this - we will need it!