Five years, four children, and countless hours of training later, the Dodd family is finally making preparations to leave this country and spend the next eight to ten in the lovely jungles of Papua new Guinea!
What does that look like, you ask? Please see below. (Note: there may or may not be subtle pleas for help scattered through the following. ? )
Step 1: Leave your Job
In just a matter of weeks, Matt will resign his job that he has had for the last three years as a software engineer for General Motors. In just a matter of weeks, he will dive headfirst into the land of unemployment. Or, rather, RE-employment. His work days will be re-tasked into working full time as a missionary; studying, training, and helping execute the logistics involved in moving a family of six (and a team of fifteen) to the other side of the world.
Step 2: Leave Your House
When we first moved into this house, I swore we would only be here for two years tops. But after nine, it’s kind of grown on me. And by ‘kind of’, I mean it’s where we spent our first year of marriage. Where Matt and I survived three months of me in a wheelchair. Where we raised one puppy into a full-grown, ever-happy-and-hyper golden retriever. Where we endured one miscarriage and brought back four beautiful, healthy, God-given children. We fought here, loved here, cried here, prayed here, lived here.
But this house is still just a thing. And our lives are not wrapped up in things. In order to move into another country, you have to first move out of the other one. And that is where we find ourselves today.
Over the course of the next month, Lord willing, we will be getting our house ready to rent out while we’re gone, selling our stuff, and movin’ out! Our plan is to move in either with another family or into significantly cheaper housing by the end of the month. Now, as of right now, we’re not exactly sure where that is, SO if you happen to have a house we can move into or are for some reason happy and willing to let a family of six crash with you until sometime this fall, please LET US KNOW. ?
Step 3: Leave Your Dog
The aforementioned perpetually-happy golden retriever (who graciously goes by the name Bodhi despite being a girl) will need a home. This dog has been a faithful and loving part of our family for about as long as we’ve been married. We got her before we had any of our kids, so saying goodbye to our house is far easier than saying goodbye to her. But we cannot bring her with us. You can be praying that she finds a good home–or, better yet, if you woke up this morning really desiring to become the owner of an eight-year-old golden retriever with a penchant for playing fetch and consuming small socks, please contact us. You won’t regret it.
Those are our first steps! And with them, our countdown to leaving the US of A begins! Please be prayingthat God provides a home for us, our dog, and a renter for our soon-to-be empty house. We’re so thankful to serve a God who has been faithful every day and thankful to be a part of what He’s doing in Papua New Guinea! Cameron