Tuesday, August 19, 2014


August 19th, 2014

We were sitting in the car as I was trying to come up with a blog post announcing some pretty important news. Words were not coming as I stared at my blank document. I admit, I was discouraged and more then a bit overwhelmed by how life has recently been.
I have been contemplating this blog post for months. And months. And months; and yet even still, words did not come. You know those little moments that turn into huge "aha!" moments? The ones where God is giving you a soft thunk on the head and chuckling at your human density? It was one of those moments.
 For a while now we have refrained from rolling down our windows as once they are down, they stubbornly stay down. Today Michael happened to forget. Down the window went; and there it stayed. Slightly irritated (Bad wifely response!)I turned back to my computer screen and stared intensely at it, only to hear Michael begin to laugh softly.
"Why am I such an idiot?" He asked. I stared, more than slightly confused at him. He began to push the button upwards "You know, if my first response would be to ask God rather then wait, everything would be a lot easier. God please roll this window up." The window shot up and petered to a stop an inch or so from the top.
He laughed again, "gosh I'm so stupid. God please finish rolling the window up." The window quickly went up and sealed itself shut. Right as the window finished, the song 'Do something' came on. God was clearly was revealing himself to us in a few different ways!
-And that's where the big stuff falls in to place. Since the beginning of Michael and my relationship we told God that if this were going to work out HE would have to work it out. Since then, everything has quickly fallen into place. I worked in the country that has stolen my heart for 6 months, I returned to the states an married my best friend, and guess what? We are moving back to the Philippines!!
Yes. You read that correctly. God has blessed us with the initial funding and fiery passion to go.
We are currently praying for monthly support and sponsors to be able to continue to live there and work where we feel God has called us. We are SO excited to share this news with you!
There is only one small little drawback- we are planning to leave in early October. We don't know how long exactly we will be staying but we trust God to make His timing clear. We would LOVE to see all of you before we take off. So many of you have supported us and invested so much into our lives. We are INCREDIBLY thankful for each and every one of you. If you would like to continue to help there are a few things you can do.

  • Pray. 

We NEED prayer. Desperately! There is so much for us to do and learn! And praying for us daily means more to us than anything.

  • Supporting us financially. 

As I previously stated we are needing to raise monthly support and sponsors. Anyone that can commit to that is a huge blessing to us. Whether it be $5 a month or $200 a month. Any little thing helps.
We also still can use one time gifts. Visas and living expenses can become expensive, we are foreigners in a third world country (and OBVIOUSLY rich;]) Once again, any little thing helps and is a HUGE blessing and answer to prayers.
(We have included a link so that you an make online donations.) 

  • Wanting to know more.

We are SO excited to share with everyone what we are doing. If you want to call/text/email us we would LOVE to talk to you about it.
Michael: (208)570-2625
Sarah: (208)713-3101
sehodgie@gmail.com (Yes! I know I need to change it now that I'm a Jones!)
Since I was previously there we also would love to speak any group (church, school, youth group, bible study, etc.) to raise awareness and share Gods work being done in the Philippines.
You can also follow our blog at www.journeytobacolod.blogspot.com

  • Spending time.

As I said before, so many of you have blessed us so much in the time we have known each other and we will miss you all greatly. So much is going on right now but we WANT to spend time with you . So if at some point we can connect at least once before we leave, we would be very thankful. Even if you just show up at the airport  to say goodbye. We love you all so much!

  • Encouragement.

    We would really love to receive spiritual encouragement. Even just an email with a verse reference and letting us know that you are praying. 

Than you all for your love and support!

-Michael and Sarah Jones

Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”