Did you ever watch a NASA launch on TV when you were a kid? We, of course, grew up decades after the Apollo generation, but we still remember the excitement we would feel every time we read about the first man walking on the moon or saw space rockets launch on TV repeatedly. Every time was just like the first: the anticipation, the excitement, the wonder. It was almost overwhelming to just sit and watch a big vehicle launch out into space, beyond what our eyes could see.
Our fascination with space rockets came as a result of our childhood curiosity and awe at the sight of the firework-like technology that is part of the launching of a space rocket. We used to celebrate the taking off of such a vehicle because of how spectacular it looked on TV, not because of all the hard work and intricate detail that had gone into its building and preparation for the final stage: the launch into space.
Side note: We both love analogies. We think that they are important because they provide tiny doorways that lead to greater understanding. So, yes, you guessed it! You are getting another analogy in this issue of the Driscolls’ newsletter! Here it is:
Launching a Rocket Is Like Fundraising
Often, we forget about the initial stages of rocket building and focus only on the finished product, celebrating the launching of the rocket out into space. However, the rocket would not be able to take off unless it has been built properly and fueled in order to launch successfully. The same can be said about our mission right now.
We believe that God has given us a mission. But we also know that we cannot go on our mission without building the right foundation and fueling our work so that it could be successful and pleasing before the Lord. Indeed, the process of preparation and equipment for our mission is no accident or annoying hurdle that we need to jump through. Like the rocket fuel that helps launch a shuttle into space, we believe that building our team and raising support helps to power our mission and set it up for good things.
When we first began our journey of going to Bulgaria, we had only a glimpse of what lied ahead on the road for us. Of course, we always dreamt of how exciting our “take off to Bulgaria” would be, but we did not fully comprehend all the hard work that would go into building the foundation of our mission and gathering people around us that would help launch us onto the mission field.
Thankfully, God has not asked us to build our “rocket” alone. He had begun working in people’s hearts, making them soft for the needs in Bulgaria, and making them willing to join our “crew” and send us off to Shumen.
Over the last several months, we have often been in awe of how God has provided for us some of the best of the best “mechanics” and people to put “fuel” in our engine as we prepare for take-off.
We could have never foreseen the quality of friends that would commit to joining us on this journey. Families and individuals who we had never met before have decided to be a part of bringing the gospel to Bulgaria, and some of these people have becomes some of our closest friends. (Our dear friends, Tony and Megan, just hosted a “Bulgarian Dessert Party” at their house for us, and invited their family and friends to come meet us and hear about our ministry. How cool are they?!) So many people have been a huge help and encouragement for us along the way, and we deeply treasure their willingness to become part of our team as we bring the good news of Christ to Shumen, Bulgaria.
And yet, we are still waiting to see the green light that would officially allow us to start our engine. Our “space rocket” is still underway. We still need faithful workers that will join our team and help launch us to Bulgaria this coming June.
It Isn’t Rocket Science
Thankfully, we do not need rocket science in order to fulfill this mission. We simply need obedient hearts and the willingness of people like you in order to take off for Bulgaria.
If you are interested in coming alongside us and partnering with us for the sake of the gospel in Bulgaria, we would love to connect with you! Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a phone call (contact information can be found at the end of this email)! We would love to visit you, your church, or your Bible study, and discuss how you can be a part of our ministry in tangible ways.
We are thankful for all of you, our faithful prayer warriors and supporters, who continually uplift us and stir us on! Thank you for going on this journey with us!
Brenton, Debbie, and Baby Driscoll