Africa.....really? Africa!

Some things are just out of my comfort zone - and this is a big one!  Charles has accepted a job in Lagos, Nigeria.   It's been a tough decision, but we are anxious and peaceful at the same time.  However, I continue to be amazed at the way that God works.....

We've really been praying for the last few months asking God to open doors for jobs OR to close them tightly.   So far, the doors for this job have been opened all the way.   Charles did not go looking for this specific job - but it came to him.  

On Wednesday, Charles was ready to accept, but I just wasn't there yet.   I kept asking (begging, pleading) God for clear, clear direction and to give me encouragement to go forward.  I received a phone call on Wed night that changed my perspective.....

I'm a small group leader for a worldwide Bible Study called BSF (Bible Study Fellowship).   There are about 25 group leaders and each of us has a small group of women (15 or so) where we simply facilitate the discussion with the questions that we are given, then we go to a lecture from the teaching leader afterwards.  We are studying Isaiah and it's a great study!  My first BSF leader (from 5 years ago) moved in 2007 to Angola and returned this year to Texas.  I contacted her  just to ask about her experiences living in Africa.   When she returned my call on Wednesday night, she confirmed where we were moving........then said very quietly, that THEY were ALSO moving to Lagos, Nigeria in January - and it was to be announced on Friday!!  In addition, she has been talking with the international office of BSF and they have a prayer group in Lagos - exactly where we will be living.  I was just overwhelmed with the goodness of God to give me a friend in the new location and a place to serve Him, before I even arrived.  God does indeed walk before us and I am grateful.   

On Thursday afternoon, Charles and I walked on the trails just to talk and he mentioned that there were two doors still 'open'.    I wondered if he should call them to get an update.  Before we even arrived home, he received a call from BOTH of them within 15 minutes - basically telling him that he was overqualified.   I think that God wants us in Nigeria!  

Charles is excited about the job and is very impressed with the company.  If this were a local job, he would have jumped through hoops to get to work with them.  The job is interesting and has potential for the future - and the home office is in TEXAS.   We will keep our house here and not move furniture - so we can come back easily.  In the meantime, we will see this as God's next adventure for us.  Both boys are very supportive and encouraging.  At 21 and 23 years old,
(and both attending Baylor University) they feel like they will be fine without us close!  :)  However, MOM will have a MUCH harder time!

This will stretch us beyond our own capabilities and we know that the road ahead will be challenging.  We don't have all the details yet and we are still working on dates and timing.  However, as Chad says, "God has never led us wrong when we trust him.  He certainly won't change now".     And one more thing......Charles' new boss is a Baylor graduate! :)   He called us today from the Yacht Club - so life can't be all that bad!

I guess I'll work on a new blog of our AFRICAN adventures! :)   Wow!  Really.....Africa?!

Thanks for your continued prayers!



David said…
If anyone can make the best of it you can. Keep the faith and the positive attitude and it will be fine. Consider it an adventure and the time will go fast. You will make a lot of new friends and gain a whole new level of appreciation for what you have after living on VI for a while.
Remember when you need a break we are only 4.5 hours and a $600 RT ticket away!
emily said…
Oh how I wish the Lord would call our family to move to Africa! Jealous and excited to follow along!
Mommy23 said…
Oh WOW!!!! Isn't God just so amazing? He's given you something He knows you'll need. I love that about him!!!
Anonymous said…
WOW Ms.Janet!!!...I am so amazed and frankly jealous...There's no doubt in my mind that the continent and the Hall family will leave positive and indelible marks on one another...many prayers in the next few exciting and hectic months...and blast some savings buying a durable camera for your to wear out.:)
Vicki said…
Wow! What a great opportunity and adventure! I'll be looking forward to the blogs and living vicariously through you!
bethantal said…
Janet, I'm excited for you. Added you to the BSF prayer list. I KNOW you are going to be enriched by this experience. I know Charles is also "chomping at the bit" to get you there. Have a wonderful reunion!!!!!

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