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The path. Unknown territory.

The bend in the road. Unseen destination.

The journey. Unfolding before you.

Not every detail of the journey is revealed to us before we take the step. Sometimes you just have to put one foot in front of the other and see where it leads you. Or rather, where He leads you.

One thing is certain though, each stride prepares you for the next one.

“Live the life that unfolds before you.”

A few years ago, the Koonces were given a set of books entitled The Wilderking Chronicles. In the trilogy retelling the story of King David, the aging mentor boldly directs the young hero to “Live the life that unfolds before you.”

This challenge really inspired the Koonce family and they have taken it as a family creed ever since. The reminder stands that no one can know exactly what the future holds. In faith, this family set out for Africa. At the time of their departure for the unknown continent, they had declared to spend seven years working in Togo. Little did they know that God had bigger plans.

An interesting thing is that if God had revealed to them his plan then, they may have balked at the whole idea. The All-Knowing one let them see just enough of the lane to take a few steps. Once the path had been tested and the distance great enough to prevent them from turning back, he revealed a bend in the road. And let them make the choice to take another stride into the unseen.

The start of that journey was 13 years ago.

The most recent re-direction was a move across the vast African continent to Rwanda. Ten months down the new boulevard, it is easy to see that the avenue of the past was preparation for the highway of the future. God doesn’t waste any of the steps on the journey.

Join the Koonces in the pages of this website, as they share with you the life that God is unfolding before them.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Gilbreath permalink
    January 31, 2010 10:11 pm

    Dear Marty and Louise,

    “Live the life that unfold before you”–I like that. That’s a great creed for each of us to take up as we open ourselves up to accept the work God has prepared for us to do. I am so encouraged by your commitment to do just that. I have been praying lately that I too can accept what God has put in front of me and give me wisdom to carry out his desires with wisdom and discernment–“wisdom” and “discernment”–is that the same thing? 🙂 Oh, well–I’ll share a bit more about my the opportunity God has recently blessed me with at another time.

    The Glenwood office posted your new website a few days ago–just at the right time for me. I was in the process last week of packing some boxes for you guys so reading about what’s going on with you and seeing your wish list made my task more personal. I find it a joy and a challenge to see just how much I can get into one of those flat rate boxes. 🙂

    I’ll make a trip to the post office tomorrow, Feb. 1. Then, I’ll look forward to hearing from you when the boxes arrive. It seemed to take forever the last time our class shipped to the Cashes.

    I look forward to your next newsletter posts. Give my best to Kristin and Brian.

    Love, peace, and blessings through Him,
    Barbara Gilbreath

  2. Barbara Gilbreath permalink
    January 31, 2010 10:17 pm

    Hi Marty and Louise,

    Hope you are all doing well.

    I’m trying to learn how to communicate with you….. I just wrote a note and clicked “submit comment,” but then I got a note saying, “your note is awaiting moderation.” Does that mean it’s too long?

    I’ll see if this shorter note goes through.

    Barbara Gilbreath

  3. August 12, 2010 12:19 am

    I remember you and your family (well I think ya’ll were just a couple at the time) at Gateway I believe. I never really knew you all that much but I definitely remember you both. I am encouraged by your hearts to seek the Lords will, trust Him, and follow Him where He takes you. I look forward to reading more about your journey in Rwanda. I have always wanted to go to Rwanda on a mission trip and I hope I am able to go one day. Blessings to you and your family!

  4. Clyde S permalink
    September 2, 2011 12:45 am

    What a great quote for a family creed! We need to read that series. God has definitely guided all of you and is walking with you and blessing you. Thanks for passing on the blessings to all of us and to Rwanda!

  5. February 5, 2013 6:22 pm

    You truly generated a lot of outstanding tips within ur article, “Unfolding Life”.

    I’ll end up coming back to ur site soon. Thx ,Gerard

  6. M. Dean Blanck permalink
    April 29, 2013 1:32 pm

    We love you guys and appreciate your work for Christ in Africa.
    –The Grand Junction Church of Christ–

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