Thursday, March 16, 2017

Commissioned By World Gospel Mission

This morning was one of the most important events in our family history. If you would have told us five years ago that on this day we would be commissioned to full-time missionary service by World Gospel Mission we probably would have
 laughed. God has truly rewritten our story. The commissioning signifies an agreement between God, WGM and our family regarding the calling on our lives. We are incredibly blessed and encouraged to have such a wonderful organization supporting and sending us!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

My favorite dress is white, knee length, v-neck with lace at the collar. She has a favorite dress, too. My favorite soda is an ice cold Coke in a glass bottle. She has a favorite soda, too. She has a favorite song, with a favorite dance. She has a favorite friend to laugh with and a favorite elder with which she seeks council, just like me. What happened to her was not her fault. She did nothing wrong. She is still beautiful. She was raped by a group of men who took from her. In the midst of her horror, she fled her country and found refuge at a camp in Uganda. There she was given shelter, counseling, food and basic medical help. Due to the physical trauma she endured during the rape, she is currently confined to her home. 
She is a stay at home Mom with two little boys. Her husband is a mechanic. She lives in a modest home with an open door where Friday nights people gather to enjoy a pitch in meal. She's been sewing for years. I remember sitting at her kitchen table pummeling her with questions while we pieced together quilts for my children. She is sewing right now. 
Today is International Women's Day. As I reflect on these two women I cannot help but pause in awe. The sewing woman will soon bring to my house a delivery of Dignity Project feminine products which I will then take to the post office. They will travel the world and end up in Uganda eventually making their way to the home of our beloved woman in need. With our products and a little help from her friends she will be given a freedom that was once taken from her. She will be able to walk and meander. She'll be able to show off her favorite dress and share her favorite soda with her favorite friend. Women's Day is not just a day for pampering. Today we recognize the fighters whose dignity has been ripped away. Today we fight to give it back.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2017::: 
The day of Ezra's spiritual birth! His older sister Sophie tearfully shared the salvation message with him. In a circle on our living room floor, with his family surrounding him in prayer, Ezra confessed his sins, declared his need for the Savior and told God he wanted to live for Him for the rest of his life.
Parenting is the strongest form of discipleship. We are overjoyed at the four little disciples of Christ that God has entrusted to our care! We want this home to be a house of worship!

A Doubly Full Heart

'A doubly full heart' by Maddix (age 11).

Monday, January 30, 2017

Here I am. Send me to where I am.

Nathan was challenged by our pastor from Marion, Indiana to answer the question, "What would you do if tomorrow God called you to Marion instead of Uganda?" Applying basic missionary strategies to hometown neighborhoods, Nathan unpacks a theology of missions with practical and meaningful application. Watch below!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sometimes God Answers Prayers With Miracles

This morning Jade and I discussed this post. We decided it would be a good idea to share some details with you all.
Yesterday, a doctor from Riley Hospital called with some test results: Ezra has epilepsy. After a long journey of testing and doctor visits, it wasn't until yesterday that we had a concrete diagnosis. In most cases, he would throw up and then lose awareness for a minute or two. The strain on Ezra, Jade, myself and the rest of our family has been significant. We wondered if our missionary life was causing too much stress on him. We wondered if we were doing something to cause them. We now know the cause, the diagnosis and a plan of treatment over the next years.
Shortly after the phone call yesterday Jade was thinking about the diagnosis and wondering about our work in Uganda. "Should we really be doing this?" she wondered. Moments later, an email showed up in the inbox. It was a new financial commitment for our support. She did the math. We had this crazy goal to get to 90% before Christmas. I (Nathan) felt a little ridiculous telling people about this goal. I called it "our prayer" instead of a goal just so we all knew I was aware how huge it was. Anyway, Jade did the math: 97%. Ninety Seven Percent. 
We want our lives to answer a question. If you are a person who wonders about God. Is He real? If He is, who is He? What is He like? We test these things by looking at the way His hands touch this planet and the lives of human beings. In the hard times, when our children are sick, He is our comforter. Let that be the scream of our family. We ache at the pain of our son but we are not hopeless. Despair is a word we never use. In the high times, we set goals that we have to call "prayers" because they seem ridiculous. Sometimes, as only He can do, God answers prayers with miracles and piles it on so thick we don't know what to say.
Praise Jesus Christ for everything, everyday!
Merry Christmas from the Metz family.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Favorite Christmas Tree

Yesterday we were going to start our first furlough tradition of picking out a live tree for Christmas. Well, something even cooler than that happened! Let me share:
In the afternoon Nathan was tidying up the garage and found a beautiful 7 foot Christmas tree that the previous renters had apparently left for us. This was a pretty awesome and timley find but I also knew how excited the kids were to pick out a Christmas tree. Like many of you adorable Mom's, I wanted to dress my family up in cute winter plaid and take that adorable photo in front of our freshly cut Christmas tree. On the ride home from school I shared with the kids that Daddy found a Christmas tree in the garage. I asked them if they would prefer to use the one he'd found or still go get a live tree. To my surprise, they unanimously decided to use the tree Daddy found. As we decorated the tree one child said, "This is my favorite tree that we have ever had!" The rest of the children agreed. Nathan and I laughed and laughed! 
I have shared with you before that there are moments when I go to God and say, "Lord, are you sure our kids can handle this life?" I worry that the constant transition will damage them in some way. Will their love for people in two different places split their hearts in two? Yesterday God reminded me that He's got them! Rather than making them bitter, hard and needy, God is using this life of transition to make them soft, flexible and appreciative.
This morning on the ride to school I told the kids how proud I was of them for their attitude last night. In our home we often say, 'hold all things loosely'. We hold our plans, possessions and future with a weak grip. Loose fingers are a sign of surrender. Sometimes our surrender brings hard moments, pain and struggle. Sometimes...a free Christmas tree. Praise Him every day.