Saying “no” has never been the default option for our family. Granted, it hasn’t always been easy, but “yes” has seemed to come much more naturally. “Yes!” to serving in church ministry. “Yes!” to creating new ministries and developing small businesses. “Yes!” to returning to school to be better equipped for future yeses. “Yes!” to adopting the two youngest members of our family. “Yes!” has often been our answer.
When we were approached to make a transition for this next season of ministry, as much as our logical minds and Indiana-rooted hearts wanted to say “no,” we couldn’t. As we prayed and processed, we knew God was calling us to move forward into our next “yes.”
So where are we going? We are moving to Spain as missionaries for Global Strategy, the mission agency of the Church of God.
Surprised? So were we, until we began to see how God has been preparing us over the last few years.
What are we doing? Joining the Three Worlds team, Nate and Stacy will become the Associate Regional Coordinators in Europe and the Middle East. Based out of Madrid, we will partner with new and existing churches in the areas of church health and multiplication throughout the region. This region has a heart for church-planting and Nate and Stacy will be helping in the expansion of the new Europe X network.
When are we leaving? We will be moving to Madrid in the summer of 2020. This will give our family plenty of time to prepare for such a big transition. Nate will remain on staff at County Line through the majority of the transition, and Stacy, Daleska, and Emily will remain at Lakewood Park through the 2019-2020 school year.
Who is going? For sure, Nate, Stacy, Aubry, Daleska, and Emily will be living abroad in 2020. Aubry, before she even knew about this transition, was making plans to attend St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. (Only God!)
Kayla will be graduating from Anderson University in May, 2020, and hasn’t yet decided whether she will start a master’s degree program in Indiana or in Madrid that fall, but we’re thankful her options will be open. Dylan will remain in the Ft. Wayne area with his soon-to-be-wife, Sara Johnson. Fortunately, we will still be in the United States when they marry in the fall of 2019.
How can you stay informed? We will absolutely be updating you through our personal social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – so continue to follow those pages.
In addition, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.chogglobal.org/nstatman. Likewise, you can follow that link to financially and prayerfully support us.
Thank you, in advance, for your prayers and support. We will certainly need them as we flip to the next chapter of our story!
Blessed to be part of His plan,
Nate, Stacy, and Kids