And to be honest, they're probably right for thinking we're crazy, but we're going to attempt to do it anyways!
About a year and a half ago, while we were in Cape Town, we decided to direct Cru's summer missions project to Cape Town in 2014. We are excited about it and we miss Cape Town, but we made the decision before we knew we would be bringing an infant. Shannon is scheduling a C-Section (3rd C-section baby for us) and so we will know the likely due date for our little baby boy Parker Reid Williams sometime here in the next few weeks.
But one thing we're sure of, is that Parker will come, and then a month later we will board a plane for a 30 hour trip to Cape Town. We will have a one month old Parker, our 2 little girls, and over 40 staff and students that I will be directing on a missions trip. And right now your likely saying to yourself, "You're right Tyler, you are crazy!" I know, I agree!
But we are convinced that it's something that the Lord wants us to do, and that we both really want to as well. This "Summer" Project will be the last Winter (remember when it's Summer here, it's Winter there) that the students we know in Cape Town will be in school. Also, we dearly miss our friends in our Cape Town bible study and are excited to be with them for a full month. And really, when God calls you to do something, isn't it more crazy to say no?
So on top of all of this craziness, to prepare for this trip I will be taking the 3 other Summer Project directors and a few others over to Cape Town for a week this Spring Break (meaning this Friday) in order to setup housing and confirm other details for the project.
Don't get me wrong, I am very excited to get back. It's been a year since my feet were last on African soil. However, I will be leaving Shannon, our girls, and my unborn man-child here in the States for 10 days, which almost feels like eternity to me right now. I HATE leaving them for any extended period of time. At the end of a long day away from them at CSU, the sound of them running into my arms as I step in the door refuels me for another day on campus.
So please pray for safe travels, for the details of the Summer Project to all be taken care of during this trip, and for God's will to continue to be made known to us.
It really would be crazy to follow any other plan than His.