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Caleb & Lilliana Davis Newsletter (Fall 2020)

Dear Friends and Family,

What a crazy year, wouldn’t you agree? Thank you for taking the time to read our very FIRST Newsletter! We are so very excited to see what God has in store for us these next three years that we will be serving with Teen Missions. A lot of new transitions have taken place for Caleb and I, and throughout this letter we hope to be able to share what those are and what exciting things God is teaching us. 

The 1,200-Mile Move to Teen Missions

On September 1, Caleb and I packed up our 31 year old truck, a 12-foot UHaul trailer and made the move from Ohio to Florida. The first day we traveled through the Virginia mountains down to South Carolina where Caleb’s brother lives and we stayed for a day. It was nice to spend time with him and also take a day of rest. We then made the nine-hour drive from South Carolina all the way down to Merritt Island, Florida. It was a slow going drive with all of the weight we were towing, but we safely made it down with no issues. Praise the Lord! The drive reminded me of Matthew 14, when Peter walked out onto the water. When he didn’t focus on Jesus he started to see how scary the storm was, and he started to sink. As Caleb and I made the journey down, it was sometimes easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on the craziness of the circumstances. When that happened, we started to feel overwhelmed by the journey ahead of us and noticed every little thing that started to go wrong. It was there that God reminded us that we have to keep our focus on Him and not on our worries or fears. Throughout the drive, we would often look at each other in awe that we were married and driving 1,200 miles to start full-time ministry. It was such a sweet reflection of God’s hand working in our lives individually and in our relationship. 

Busy Summer Bees

This past summer has been one for the books! Even though we didn’t have the opportunity to serve teens and people overseas this summer, the Lord showed us so much through this season of being stateside. This summer, Caleb and I both worked full-time jobs while also planning for our wedding. It was a busy season of early mornings and oftentimes late nights, but it was filled with so much growth. We spent countless times sitting and making phone calls, google documents, Amazon hunts, Hobby Lobby trips, and so much more. I didn’t realize how much work went into wedding planning, but I am so thankful for all of the people who walked us through it and helped make that day so special to us. The season of engagement was such a sweet one, and at times it felt very long but in the end it flew by right before our eyes. God showed us that each season is unique, and we cannot expect our previous season to be like the one we are in now. The Lord continues to remind us and reveal to us of His provision and care for us!

Even with the busyness of both of our schedules, we managed to spend quite a bit of time hiking and enjoying the outdoors. We visited quite a few Ohio hiking trails. Here are a few pictures from our time spent hiking! Ohio is beautiful! 

We are Married!
 

On August 22, 2020, we tied the knot! It was one of the most special days of our lives and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. We got married in Caleb’s grandparents backyard, which has turned into a tradition in the Davis family as his parents and brother got married there. I am not a very good visualizer, but it was so wonderful seeing it all come together versus just putting things together in my head. It was more beautiful than we could’ve imagined. Because of COVID and certain guidelines the state had, there was also the worry that something would change and we wouldn’t be able to have our wedding. But through the worry, the Lord reminded us both to trust Him and trust that despite what happens the covenant is more important than the day. 

We are the Hands and Feet of Jesus 

These past couple of months, the Lord has been teaching us that He is calling us out of what we find comfortable, to step out in faith and serve Him and make Him known. During our last church service in Ohio, our Pastor taught on the importance of leadership. He shared that we cannot build Christ’s community by staying within the four walls of the church or within the four walls of our home; we have to be willing to step out in faith. The Lord has been working on both of our hearts to show us the importance of being involved in what He is calling us to do. He is reminding us that we have to be in His Word, in prayer, and in fellowship. The devil wants to hinder what Jesus is doing, and we have to be on guard. He is making a way for us, but it isn’t always going to be easy. We cannot serve Him and make Him known if He is not first in our lives.  

Two Weeks at Teen Missions

It has been a total of two weeks since Caleb and I started at Teen Missions, and boy has it been full of excitement and busyness! Caleb works in the Maintenance Department as one of their auto mechanics as well as working on Heavenly Street getting the new homes ready for staff to move in. I have been training in the Finance Department as well as doing some writing on the side. It has been so wonderful to have the blessing of being a part of this ministry. The Lord has blessed us with the most wonderful community! When we first arrived we were greeted with helping hands to unload our trailer and groceries on our counter. The Lord is so good!

Support Raising 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We are so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you! We could not do this without YOU! If you’re interested in being one of our prayer partners or would like to support us financially, don’t hesitate to talk to us! We would love to hear how you are doing. Please feel free to reach out to us, we would love to talk or pray with you! We pray that you and your families are safe and healthy. 

Much Love,