One day it just hit. We looked at one another and asked: Why not us? Why not now?

We started talking about this as soon as we met...

Laura and I know we're a little crazy. Our first conversations were about kids we wanted to save, how we wanted to raise our family and what we wanted out of life. As with most folks, the detailed answers to those questions are ever changing. The big picture, however, remains constant. We want to impact as many lives as possible, and to be a resource for kids. We have been so fortunate to be a part of some incredible organizations (run by even more incredible people) at home. Now, we feel God is calling us to take the next step in our journey.

We've made quite the habit of dreaming. An inordinate number of our conversations are about what's next. Laura and I had always contemplated mission work, but it seemed like it was always an abstract concept. We couldn't wrap our minds around actually acting on the idea. I don't know how to explain our shift in thinking other than God's perfect timing. One day it just hit. We looked at one another and asked: Why not us? Why not now?

As we take the next step on this sure to be epic journey WAY outside our comfort zone, we are thankful for so many things. Our friends and family have always given us support which surpasses what we deserve. God has showered us with blessings and given us opportunities some can only dream about. In the midst of this, we're thankful to be Salesians. We're grateful to be a tiny part of the work St. Don Bosco started in Italy 200 years ago and we can't wait to see what new friends and experiences wait for us in South Africa.

As we prepare to embark on this journey we are constantly reminded that no two people get to this point by themselves. Be assured that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, and we are nothing short of thankful for your support.

-Josiah and Laura