Joel & Angel Ballew

770-331-4384

joel@12degreesnorth.org

ballews@gmail.com

Joel's Skype ID: joelballew

Angel's Skype ID: angelynnballew

Twitter: @joelballew

 

U.S. Address:

1730 Sugarloaf Club Drive

Duluth, GA  30097

Colombian Address:

The Ballew's

Carrera 52 No. 90-187

Barranquilla, Atlantico

South America

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And So It Begins



Sorry, I had to add a Lord of the Rings pic just to get everyone confused and if you are me, excited about reading the actual content!

As the title not so eloquently puts it, our family's been saying this statement a lot over the last two months. Since becoming official missionaries in early July with our TEAM, we have experienced so many different levels of emotions and interactions. All the way from the whirlwind of excitements as well as the lows of doubt and fear have been inundating all five of our lives.

Now I know that the above could sound an alarm or raise concern but please don't let it! We know God is completely in control of this process and even when those human elements creep in our Maker is there. Isaiah 41:10 is such an awesome example since our family started this experience. The emotion that struck me the most from that verse was that God cares that much about me He would hold me up. God is doing that and more as have begun fundraising, selling all of the creature comforts and stuff from 11 years together and of course the grind of our day to day lives.

One thing I really would love to ask of you... Be praying for our family. God has been so amazing in this process since we started and continues to remind both Angel and myself that this next year of preparing isn't that big and He can handle it. Being the brain-dead human I am I forget that and take way too much on in the way of emotions especially in these beginning months.

I leave you with my favorite verse of the Bible as I think it is quite appropriate for the above. In Phillipans 4:6-7 it reads, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

#beginning #missionary #missions #Ballews

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