Plans Change…Get Used to It!

We received our acceptance letters from the Missionary Training Centre in Durham, Ontario! Our training begins on August 29th.

“The mind of man plans his way,But the LORD directs his steps.”
Proverbs 16:9

“Plans change…get used to it!” Those words have rang true many times in my life as I give my plans to the Lord and watch as He changes them to better glorify Him and to grow and teach me.


This month has flown by faster than most, and I feel as though I may finally understand the saying “time flies by”. The amount of “stuff” that can be crammed into thirty days will never cease to astound me. Lauren’s dad and sister came to visit during their spring break, and I rea
lly enjoyed their company. I love my “family-in-law” so much and I get very excited when I get to spend time with them (this was probably evident by the amount of talking I did on the ride home from the airport, poor Dad could barely get a word in!)

Lauren, her grandpa, and her sister, Jordann at the airport.

I think almost all of you have known Lauren and I for quite some time and if you do you probably know that I am a terrible worrier. Something I’ve been thinking about lately is that as a child I was deathly afraid of tornadoes. I remember one week when I was so terrified that I was unable to sleep for several days. Now this would have been a valid concern if we had lived here in Texas. Where this years’ “tornado season” has resulted in over 300 confirmed deaths. We
were not, however, living in Texas at that time, we were living in Canada, during the winter. Now, I’m not positive but I don’t think there has ever been a recorded tornado during the winter, has there? Isn’t it strange how we can get so worried over something that probably won’t even affect us?

Now let me tell you what’s been going on lately, and just keep in mind how easily I worry:

Dentists have never been my proverbial cup of tea, and I can’t say that those famous two words “root canal” tickle my ears in any way. Well, guess what I’ve been looking forward to?

My first root canal went exceptionally well and left me with a relieved feeling, that is until I heard the dentist say that I need AT LEAST one more on another tooth and that those teeth would both need “crowns”, an appropriate name given how much they cost. This has set us back about 2 weeks in our plan, as the crowns take about 3 weeks to make. I will now be flying into Buffalo, NY and then driving to Durham, ON on May 25th instead of the 10th as previously thought.

To be honest, this whole thing has been really bothering me. I know that the Lord is completely capable of taking care of all my medical needs, but it feels as though the enemy has taken this opportunity to lay hold of my fears and blow them way out of proportion. I’ve missed a lot of sleep over the past weeks, largely due to tooth pain, and as a result I’ve been pretty edgy. I know that Satan loves to use opportunities like this to try and discourage us, and so I ask that you all be in prayer for me in the upcoming weeks. I’m looking to the Lord for strength and peace and I have cast this care upon Him as he tells me to do in 1 Pet 5:7. I want to use this situation to glorify Him, but I have to remember that He is greatly glorified in our weakness, and sometimes trials can be the very thing we need to grow (James 1).

Thank you all so very much for your faithful prayers and support, I hope to see you all soon with a healthy smile and yet another encouraging story of how the Lord miraculously provided for our every needs.

With all love and until every tribe and tongue has heard,

Mark & Lauren


  • That we found out about Mark’s dental needs before he left for Canada.
  • We were able to spend time with Lauren’s father and sister.
  • God has kept us safe throughout all this crazy weather we’ve been having.
  • We finally found and “took care of ” the scorption that has been stinging us lately.

Prayer Requests:

  • That we will continue to trust the Lord during this time.
  • That Mark will still be able to find a decent job when he returns to Canada this summer. We are hoping for him to get a construction job with one of his friends.

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