About David & Rhonda
April 18, 2007
It was the Spring of 2006 that we first heard about the opportunity of working in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is a place that many people don’t know exists but David knew it existed because on one of his trips to Kyrgystan, his plane touched down in Baku to re-fuel. Before this, he had not known about this place. Isn’t it neat the way God works–a short little touch down and a connection was made.
We learned of this opportunity on a web-site that was advertising the need for a pastor to come and work with an International, Multi-Denominational group of people. David first asked me what I thought of pursuing this opportunity and my immediate response was, “Go for it!!!!” My heart did a little leap as fear struck me in thinking of the implications that this might mean for our family.
To make a very long story short–Here we are in this wonderful country! Azerbaijan is made up of so many great people that we have yet to meet. We have been integrated into a great church with people from all over the world. The church is vibrant with many young families, youth and young adults. There is so much potential here and we are happy to be a part of what God wants to do in this place.
Getting settled has been challenging and fun!!! Learning where to shop, what to buy, and what products can be used to resemble products from home have been interesting. Cooking has been a challenge in the sense that it is difficult to always find the ingredients needed for recipes. There has always had to be a plan A, plan B, and a plan C & D when we have been having company because what was in one store one day, may not be there the next. Sometimes five stores do not have the ingredients needed. We are learning to stock up when we see items we use regularly.
God has our family on a journey. From the Spring of 2006 until today, we are trusting Him to carry us through and use our lives for His purposes.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
This scripture is not just for the Fortune family but for each person who puts their trust in God.
Blessings to you.
David and Rhonda