“God does not tell you what He is going to do— He reveals to you who He is.” Oswald Chambers
Sorry it has been so long since our last update, we have been busy to say the least. We have been plugging away in our voluntary position with overseeing the Onelove windward satellite campus and In January I (Erik) started on the ground floor for a brand new Green Energy company focusing on LED retrofits for small businesses which gave me the availability to volunteer at the satellite church and also provide then earning potential enough to cover our bills. It May not seem like much in one long run on sentence but it has been all encompassing.
We received word about the last week of March that the lawsuit that chased us to Hawaii was finally over and that I had been acquitted of all charges which remains great news however the financial debt accrued for the necessary legal representation only further increased our monthly financial responsibilities.
On the heels of this great news proceeded the difficult reality that although the Green Energy gig should eventually produce revenue, I have at this point spent more time, gas, and $ than I have earned. Although a staff position was offered from our church in an effort to assist us financially we did not have peace about accepting the position nor would it be enough to be my only source of income to cover our monthly commitments. And although I passed the pre-qualification testing for an operator position with the Chevron refinery on Island, the position would consist of a rotational 12 hour tower (2 weeks of days then 2 weeks of nights) plus an hour commute each direction AND they were not hiring until June, We were faced with the fact that we are broke and we no longer have the financial means to keep searching for a job. We prayerfully came to the conclusion that our time here in Hawaii has come to an end.
This decision has not been an easy one to make as it has been wrought with second guessing, some doubt, some confusion, some fear, some guilt, but no despair as we ultimately rest in the fact that the Lord is large and in charge, He still sits upon His throne, the Sun has continued to rise and fall, and we are not the same people that we were when we began this journey towards Hawaii nearly 2 years ago. Truly the quote above sings true for us, and for once (being the naturally control freaks we are) we can rest in not knowing how or what or when or why but Simply WHO our God is – and that is enough for us to rejoice and take courage for whatever, wherever, He has in store for us.
The council and support from our church and the leadership upon hearing the news has been so graciously received and everyone has been quick to dispel any guilt, fear, worry, or doubts that we have in any way failed them or God in choosing/needing/having to move on from Hawaii and for that we are thankful!
We do not know what the Lord has in store for this satellite campus but we know He is a loving Father and ultimately is more concerned for it and its welfare than we could even imagine.
Throughout our time in Hawaii we have experientially learned the Lord’s daily provision, the sweetness of contentment in Him and His provision, His faithfulness, and that He is our end all says all. Not a church, not a location, not a ministry, not a job. The single most important thing in our lives is that we would know Him, know His faithfulness, and Trust Him wholly for He is trustworthy.
So, we are flying back to Folsom, CA on April 30th where the initial plan is to move in with Sarah’s mom and give it a go in the Sacramento area to spend some much needed time with Sarah’s side of the family. We stayed in Folsom for a month on our way out to Hawaii and really liked the area.
I have been applying to Green Energy (LED sales) jobs as well as any Business Development/sales jobs in the Sacramento area and we are honestly excited about finding out what He has in store for us. We are not foolish enough to think that all will be well in returning to the mainland or “Home” as so many are quick to quip for we have no house, job, nor golden goose egg to return to. We are simply continuing this journey of faith in a new state.
We thank you all for your prayer, support, friendship and we would love any and all prayer as we tie things up here and break new ground in Folsom May 1st.
Lastly, the truth also remains and resounds ever true in the verse the Lord specifically gave us when we began this Hawaii adventure:
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those that are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
You will be missed OneLove friends & family. Look out, Folsom – here we come.
~ The Jonsgaard’s