Wow. Since the age of 16, I’ve been working with pro audio. I added video, lighting, etc. later, and I’ve moved from retail sales to integrated design and contracted installations. But I’ve essentially been in the same line of work for over 20 years. Below is a copy of my Facebook post from today, officially announcing to the world that we’re joining Destiny Rescue in Thailand.
Well friends, today is a momentous day for me. I’m sitting here at my desk at work, watching the last hour of a 20-year career tick away. The AV business has been very good to me, and I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to support my family doing something I love so much. But now I have been given an opportunity to do something that has been on my heart for many years. So I can handle leaving this business, knowing that God has a new challenge ahead for me.
As some of you may have heard already, we are joining the fight against the sexual exploitation of children with a great organization called Destiny Rescue. Our hearts have been broken over this issue for a long time, and yet we had no idea how we could possibly make a difference. But a while back we got to know some of the folks with Destiny Rescue and found that there were real, tangible ways to take up the fight. After many hours of prayer and countless discussions with each other and D.R. people, we let them know that we were available to fill their “area of biggest need”.
As it turns out, the biggest need we could fill is a full time position in an administrative role at their headquarters in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Those of you who know me best are no doubt thinking “Not Ethan. He hates travel and he’s the pickiest eater on the planet.” Yep, that about sums it up. I like being comfortable. But I like following God’s perfect plan for my life even more. So we’re stepping way out of our comfort zone and moving our whole family to the other side of the world. In the heat and humidity of southeast Asia. And it’s good. Not easy, but good.
Our commitment is for two years. After that, we honestly have no idea where we’ll be, except that I hope we’ll be wherever God calls us next. We’ll be doing our best to stay connected to our friends and family back home, so this Facebook account of mine may see more activity than it has in years. We are also starting a blog at www.wheelsoverasia.com. We would love for you to follow us, and maybe even post the occasional comment so we know you’re out there thinking about us and praying for us.
Also, for the record, my amazing, beautiful, inspiring wife Kimberly has not only supported this adventure, but she has actually driven the bus for a lot of it. We’ve never been more united in our almost 15-years together. Without her beside me, I could never be the man God wants me to be.
In the next several weeks we may be posting some info on yard sales, pancake feeds, stuff-moving days, etc., in case anyone would like to be a part of this mission we’ve been given. Please don’t hesitate to message us with questions or encouragement. People have already told us we’re nuts, so that won’t be new information. =D
Thanks for taking time to read this. We love you all, our precious friends and family. Thanks for always being there for us, and thanks in advance for supporting us in our next big adventure.