03 May 2015


Many of you are wondering where we are now... Some of you may have received our final MAF prayer letter, but if not, PLEASE read below.

God will let you laugh again; you'll raise the roof with shouts of joy... Job 8:21

New Direction: 

Our news is unexpected and seemingly sudden, so let us explain.  For some time now, we have felt God giving us new direction as a family.  Ever since we started our journey with Jesus years ago, we have longed to share with others God’s grace-filled story in our lives.  We know with certainty that God brought us to Indonesia for a purpose. We have cherished serving the people of Indonesia and sharing the truth about Jesus Christ and His love.  But, over the last year, we have felt a strong pull towards returning to America.  A pull to better serve and connect with people so that we can clearly communicate God’s heart through our experience. And we know, after much prayer and much wise counsel, our calling has changed. 

There are several reasons for our return, the first and foremost that has brought urgency to our departure is some issues with Gracie Jane. The issues are mostly spiritual in nature.  She has had intense nightmares that have become her “reality” that need the input and prayers of a wise Christian counselor.  We will be returning to Michigan to live with family to restore Gracie Jane.  Secondly, God has clearly given us new direction as a family, despite not  knowing exactly what that will entail. But, we feel the same urgency as Joseph had when he “got up in the middle of the night and went to Egypt” (Matt. 2:14) because the angel warned him of Herod’s plans.  In the same way, we feel God leading us to go. Now.  Additionally, as Hebrews 11 says, we know that we need to step out confidently in faith for the health of our family.  We know and have peace that in God’s perfect timing He will place us where we need to be long-term. 

God clearly led us to Indonesia to serve for a season, but that season is over and God is starting a new and beautiful chapter in the lives of our family. We are thankful for our time with MAF and see the crucial role they play in Indonesia. Please continue to support our journey in prayer as our time comes to a close with MAF in June 2015.  We would encourage you to continue support what God is doing in Indonesia through MAF. Two couples we recommend supporting are Matt and Jacinda Basinger (maf.org/basinger) or Kevin and Beth  Lynne (maf.org/lynne)!  Please call MAF with further question about supporting these families (800.359.7623).   If you have any questions, please email us (willandnan81@gmail.com). 

Thank you for walking with us through the beautiful and difficult moments in life. We are thankful for God’s grace in our lives and look forward to sharing more of our journey with others as the years continue.   

Here are a few pictures of our last days in Indonesia.  We have more pictures to come (but they have yet to be uploaded as we have been taking these days to relax as a family). 

Enjoy a few moments in our lives and thank you for following our journey. 

Gracie and her BFF Ellie Bellie
Gracie and her other BFFs  - Ellie and Lily

This little man loves the dirt and rain... 

Flying with daddy

One of Gracie's favorite Uncles - Uncle Gasko

Looks can be deceiving :) 

Interior stop

Charcoal  - A missionary necessity

Bennett's favorite word as of 11 months old - "JET"

Hanging with Uncle Kev

The Wamena Crew
The Maintenance Crew

Wamena Hangar
We are excited for the new beginnings and direction that God is giving us as a family! Please contact us with any questions. 

Love from Michigan, 
Will, Nan, Gracie and Bennett 

27 August 2014

"Picture Book" - Catch Up Time

Oh where has the time gone? We are so sorry that our last post was.... a long time ago! We have had a whirlwind last 6+ months since our sons birth and our mini furlough. God has been so good to provide safety to our family as we traveled around the world and brought a new joyful bundle in to our family. Here are some pictures as a recap of our lives as of late! 
Family Time
First Date once in America... at the same restaurant we had our FIRST DATE EVER!

Just having a little fun on a slide COATED in ice! 

My beautiful sister and dear friend Heather... She hosted our sweet Bennett's baby shower!

Bennett William Grant

 We welcomed our Bennett William Grant into our family March 15, 2014
First time our sissy Jo held her nephew... Totally in love!

Gracie Jane meets her brother for the first time...
Sweet sister Christa holds her new nephew! Captured.
Mom Grant (Grandma) holds Bennett, her second grand baby! 

Auntie Jojo snuggles her one month old bug!
Grandpa Grant cuddles and smiles!

Three generations of Grants men!
(Bennett's outfit was Will's... Made by Grandma Davis)

My sweet, beautiful friend Auntie Sarah (Nan's college friends) came up from Northern Cali to spend time with us (Bennett was only 4 days old)! I am so grateful for her gifting us with her time and LOVE! 
First bike from Grandma and Grandpa Grant

Time with friends and family in Michigan
Gracie Jane with Grandma Mimi and Papa Bob in her favorite dress (it basically only comes off to be washed). 

Our beautiful daughter!
Bennett's two months old picture with Grandma Mimi and Papa Bob Shirock
Mimi and Papa turned the pool temperature UP so Gracie could swim!
We love these two AMAZING people!
We visited Lansing to see the Aldrich Family! Amazing time with Mike & Emily (newlyweds as of July 26th) my Aunt Vicky and Paul David! 
Mike and our family in Lansing! 
Visited our dear friend and "sister" Lou Lou! Now Auntie Lou Lou to Bennett and Gracie Jane! Lou Lou took us for a visit to the DETROIT ZOO!

Gracie's crush Luke Goodman... We cherish this family - sweet Aud, Joshua, my BEAUTIFUL sister Jules and Patrick! So thankful for each of you!

We enjoyed a wonderful time speaking at one of our sending churches... Highland Park Baptist Church for their Missions Fest 2014!

Highland Park Baptist Church

Last memories in America and Return to Indonesia
Bennett William was dedicated to the LORD at our home church, New Heights Church. We are standing here with Bob and Judy Cole, our wonderful hosts during our furlough and "grandparents" to our babies.

Bennett and Daddy on Father's Day with Daddy's football card! 

Departure day.... Joyful to return to Indonesia, but also VERY sad to leave our dear family and friends...
Mommy and Gracie finally home at the hangar in Wamena. 
Bennett with his favorite lady in Wamena, Bu Betana!
Belated annual Father's Day picture on the toolbox. 
Airplane ready thanks to Auntie Jojo! 

So much sibling LOVE! 

Gracie's "best friends" (beetles) since Ellie and Lily are on furlough
Date hike! Thanks to Karin & Doug! 

Our getaway morning! 

Our bridge experience! 
Gracie Jane's nightly motorcycle rides with daddy!

Wamena children dressed up for Independence day (photo courtesy of Gasko) !

Our beautiful Wamena rainbows... Reminder of God's faithfulness to us!

There are many other memories that didn't get captured with pictures, but know we cherished many other times with friends and family.

Thank you for walking this journey with us... We are hoping to keep you more updated now that we are "settled" back in to our lives...

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