Part of our journey to Haiti has been downsizing our possessions and putting our Fresno home up on the market. At this point, our plans are to go to Haiti for a one-year commitment. Many people ask why we would sell our beautiful home when the market is so horrible. We certainly have asked ourselves this tough question on many occasions. We continue to believe that God wants us to downsize what we have and go serve without major debts or worries hanging over our heads. Even if we come back to Fresno, we would hope to find something smaller.
These words from Francis Chan's book CRAZY LOVE ring in my ears: "Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He made?" (p. 97) Some might say these are harsh words. They cut right to the core. For the Gilmore family, it meant saying we are willing to give up our home. Maybe that's not what God wants other people to do but we heard that message loud and clear. We know if we spend less time spinning our wheels to pay for a house this big that we would have more time and perhaps more resources to share with others. We're moving forward until we hear otherwise.