Have you ever noticed that the biggest, most life-changing moments are hard to take in while they’re happening? Sometimes, I don’t even recognize them until they’re over.
I think about my wedding and how difficult it was to take my eyes off of the random details and absorb the fact that I was vowing my forever to someone I love. I remember watching the news on 9/11/01 and telling myself, “This is history before our eyes,” but hardly understanding its world-changing impact.
Just me? lol
I feel like, in the spirit, this past week was monumental, and yet even now, it’s hard to wrap my head around all of its implications. I wish I could see in the unseen the dramatic shifts that took place as our Lifegate leaders and friends installed two new campus pastors in Serbia and shifted mantles of leadership from one person’s shoulders to another’s. I wish I could see the spiritual significance of sitting in grief with a friend – the significance of that holy moment.
I know these things have been happening gradually for a while in the physical, but there is something about the recognition of these moments that felt enormous, even as I couldn’t quite apprehend it.
Kurt and I were just feeling honored to bear witness, and yet, I feel there was a purpose in our being present there as well.
Maybe I’ll never see the true significance this side of heaven. Maybe it’s not mine to know. I’m ok with that. I just know that I feel it – these massive tectonic shifts in the spirit – life-changing – world-changing, even.
Anyway. Our trip to Serbia was good. lol
I posted this on Instagram, but it’s true: We were very clear on the “who,” the “what,” and the “where” of God’s calling for our family, but I didn’t have complete peace about the “when.” We were moving forward with June as a target date, but I was asking God as we traveled to Serbia last week to please give us confirmation one way or another about the timing. Little things like pandemics and world wars tend to throw wrenches in plans. So I prayed, because what else could I do?
“Is now a good time, Lord?”
We had multiple very open conversations and confirmations during the week, but in His kindness, just because I can be a little hard of hearing sometimes, God spoke through Cveta – someone I trust and look up to very much. She didn’t know the question I had asked God, but I know she hears His voice.
“I think now is a good time,” she said to me in the kitchen of the youth building where the church in Novi Sad is currently happening. “I didn’t think so maybe five years ago, but I think so now. It’s a good time for you to come.”
Welp. If that’s not a clear answer, I don’t know what is.
So here we are! This is not a drill! 65 days and counting!
Our next steps are to make sure we have a good way to communicate with you! We will be setting up a Mailchimp account where we can give you biweekly (every other week) updates, and you can sign up for that at the bottom of the page (scroll allllll the way down!) You can always follow us on Instagram at WagonersGO, or on Facebook at Emily Wagoner.
We also want to give you a financial update as soon as possible! You all have blown us away with your generosity. Seriously. And we’d love to let you know how you are impacting our ability to live and work in Serbia!
Lastly, we are looking to build an intercessory team. We need your prayers – every single one of them. And we are looking for a small group of people who have the gift or have felt the calling of intercession to agree to pray for us every single day (except sabbath) about the minutia of our lives. If you feel that calling, would you please message me? Intercession is a gift – I don’t expect every person to remember us every single day – but if that’s your gift, we’d love to have you on our team. We need about 5-7 people.
I’ll continue to update this blog as often as I can! This is a good 50,000-foot overview. We’ll get into a little more detail with the newsletter.
We love you and literally can’t do this without you, so thank you for following along in our journey! You are making a difference in Serbia, the Balkans, and beyond. You really are.
If you haven’t signed up to become monthly financial partners and you still want to, I’ll make sure we post that code for you as well. We love you and are so so grateful for you! ❤