Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And the craziness begins...

When we tell people that we are leaving our jobs and our home in Alabama to travel with a busload of African and Asian orphans for a year, we usually get one of two reactions: blank stares and total confusion as to why we would want to do something like this, or the perfunctory "Well, isn't that nice..." We know most people think we're nuts. And to be honest, sometimes we have our own doubts about our sanity when we really begin thinking about the logistics of traveling nearly 800 miles a week, eating fast food, living in very restricted quarters, and performing five concerts a week for ten months.

But as I've discovered in the past year, the rewards that come out of being obedient to God and fulfilling the plan He has for me will far outweigh any sacrifices I have to make along the way. Right now, it's hard to see past the not-so-fun aspects of reserving a moving truck, packing up our lives, and leaving our dogs and the people we love. But I know that in the not-so-distant future, our lives will be unbelievably blessed by unassuming, wide-eyed, non-English speaking children who will have so much to teach me about a life beyond the one I know so well. While I complain about having to pack boxes, they praise God for giving them water that day, for providing caregivers after their parents have passed on, and for getting them the vaccinations they need to survive. When I am wishing I had more money to shop, they are so thankful that they are going to get a Bible of their very own.

We feel so convicted about this new journey with Children of the World. I am certain the year will fly by before we have gotten enough of those precious children! Please pray for us in the upcoming weeks. We will be moving July 5 and will be in Lynchburg, Virginia July 26 to begin training. We (and by "we" I mean almost always Taylor) will be attempting to keep you posted on this blog all year with our upcoming performances, itenerary, and interesting stories (I'm sure there will be many!). So mark us as one of your favorites and happy reading!

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We are so excited for you both to take this adventure! It will be so beneficial to you both and we pray that it will grow you in ways that you would have never dreamed and touch your hearts in places that you didn't know even existed! Can't wait to keep up with you on this journey and we will miss you here in the wiregrass! Keep up with us and the new little one to come from our blog: TonyandRebecca.blogspot.com and we hope to see you all here on your tour of the US!!! God bless and His protection through this upcoming year!

<>< Tony and Rebecca Sharp

Donna said...

I remember when you first heard these little Children of the World sing at your church TWO YEARS AGO. You couldn't stop talking about these kids! You are making a huge sacrifice now, but I bet it won't be long before you think that it wasn't a sacrifice at all. You are going to fall in love with those children. I'm glad you are strong and healthy because you are in for a very busy, exhausting, but exciting year! God has blessed you with many talents and you are using them to His honor and glory. What better way to spend a year! We will be praying for you, and coming to as many concerts as we possibly can. We are so proud of you! With much love, Mom

DuffFam said...

OH YEAH another blog for Donna to read and comment on!! :) we are so excited for you and this actually is a great way for everyone to stay in contact with you -- Keep Memphis in mind for a pitstop -- we have plenty of room for a dozen and a half orphans!!
Love you --shanny

jameygreen said...

i would like to say a great big ol' thank you to both of you for being obedient children of God! i also would like to thank both of you for all that you did while at Covenant. Jessica and I love y'all very much and will selfishly miss you. i know you might not find much solace in my words, but just know the safest place you can be is at the center of God's will. as far as i can tell, the way both of you feel right now (unsettled, uncomfortable and well, crazy) i would surmise you are at the bulls-eye of God's will. i know He will bless each of you greatly, i also pray that each of you continue to allow Him to shine through each of you so that He can accomplish the work He has planned. whomever you work with in the coming months will be treated to your beautiful smiles and terrific attitudes. keep smiling and laugh alot.

Jessica and Jamey Green

Sarah said...

Hey Tay-- shoot.. I see that you guys are going to Raleigh on tour... now that we have moved! Heather and I will for sure come when you guys are in Louisville. What an incredible adventure and life changing journey you and Jay are about to begin. We will be praying for you the whole way! God bless!

Savanna said...

Mrs. Phillips,
We miss you already. I hope you are able to read some of your wonderful stories to your new children. I think the new kids would love Where the Red Fern Grows or Numbering the Stars. I love you and miss you very much. Good Luck. Tell the new kids they are so lucky to have you and Mr. Jay as their American Parents.

Your Student,
Suzanna Cooley

Brandon and Leah said...

Hey Guys! Leah and I sure do miss both of you! We talk about you and pray for you often. We can't wait until you guys make it back to "The Dirty D". We are looking forward to checking your blog often and hearing of all the amazing things that God will be doing for you and through you. Take care and we will talk to you soon. Love, Brandon and Leah

PS- Jay, did you notice how my name came before leah's. That is because I wear the pants... what's up with "www.taylorandjay....". Oh, gotta go... leah's calling me...

Pam Bruce said...

Hello Taylor and Jay,
Taylor...it didn't seem right without you at PCS yesterday when we started teacher week. Yet, you can always return should that be in God's plans in the future somewhere. Monica looked pitiful today, actually...and seeing her made me miss you, too. However, God has you exactly where he needs and wants you for such a time as this. This blog is great and will keep you connected to us all.
Praying you both have a wonderful year. Keep us posted as to how we can best pray for you throughout the year.
Love in Christ Jesus,
Pam Bruce