Dan & Kari Straley | Solid Rock

Dan & Kari Straley | Solid Rock

Day by Day

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

We’ve been back in the DR for 3 months now. WOW! And what a strange and wonderful season it has been. The word “transition” has been used in my vocabulary more in these last 3 months than I care to count. We “transitioned” back FAST into life here. Summer was in full swing with all the excitement and sleepless nights of youth teams. Josh and Kyle Sommer were here to encourage us and serve alongside us and God showed us so much love through them. Saying goodbye was tough- it really hit us for the first time how difficult it is to be back without our SRI family here with us (Laura, Nicole and Monchy are back in the states for an extended time and the Buchers followed God’s call to a new position back in the states).

For a couple of weeks it was just the 2 of us. It was strange and lonely. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I felt antsy waiting for the new couple to arrive. I wanted to move toward my new reality faster. I wanted to get through the waiting. But in my quiet times I could also feel God telling me to embrace the waiting and not to rush. ENJOY the gift of quietness. So I began to look forward to the quiet mornings in our new home. Waking up, putting on the coffee, opening the front door to let the dogs out and the morning light shine in. I began cooking in my kitchen, getting pumped over the basil, bananas and avocados that were growing outside my window, weirdly enjoying sweeping my floors and meeting my neighbors. All of this was something I had wanted for so long, yet I had to fight my anxious heart to enjoy it! How silly we are sometimes.

Finally, the waiting was over and the Verberkmoes arrived. We’ve had the last 2 weeks together to settle in, begin getting to know one another and help them learn about life here in San Juan. It has been fun taking them around and introducing them to our favorite people, places and foods. It is cool to see how excited they are to dive in to it all. It is even cooler to see how God is doing this dance, weaving lives together and inviting us into adventures bigger than we could imagine.

And even after all that, we’re still waiting. Today I’m waiting for the first team of the fall to arrive. I’m waiting to begin that “on the job” training that will happen over the next few weeks. I’m waiting to fall into a new pattern of life and work. I’m waiting to see what types of difficulties will come up and what unexpected blessings. I’m waiting for Laura to come back and for seeing her new mother’s heart. I’m waiting for Nicole and Monchy to arrive and for the new family they will be bringing with them.

The transitions will continue… probably for a long time.

I was reminded recently though, just how amazing these “out of the comfort zone” experiences are for us. I hosted 2 young girls here this summer for a week of missions discipleship. I watched how just being in a new place helped them hear God better, how experiencing life in another culture made it easier for them to see him at work and how their limitations in language and understanding actually opened doors for them to see God work in unexpected ways.
Eventually we will have all our staff back together, eventually we will learn how to interact as a family, we will adjust to our roles, we will find our new norms and we will develop patterns that are familiar and comfortable. I long for that. But not at the expense of this awesome transition time. For now I will enjoy this time of hearing God a little clearer, sensing him a little closer and watching him use my limitations to show me how he is working in unexpected ways around me.

img_4498 Our friends and supports- Josh and Kyle Sommers

 

Our hometown team! We loved seeing familiar faces this summer with this group from Maple Grove Covenant- our MN home church! Our hometown team! We loved seeing familiar faces this summer with this group from Maple Grove Covenant- our MN home church!

 

A week of missions discipleship with these wonderful ladies :) A week of missions discipleship with these wonderful ladies 🙂

 

img_4656 Guesthouse cleaning and work week

 

img_4667 Phil, Taylor and Honour arrive! YAY!

 

img_1505 Fun getaway day with the Dominican staff

 

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Celebrating our 7 year anniversary- we still like each other! Celebrating our 7 year anniversary- we still like each other!

 

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