A new season in a new place.

Well, us Menzel’s are off to spend the rest of 2017 living in Mexico! I never thought you could convince me to move my family to a village hours away from the coast in Mexico, but God is funny that way.

Last Fall David and I came up with the idea that we wanted to spend the next year somewhere warmer than Vancouver, Canada. It was a year of excessive rain and we have a passion for the sunshine. We love California so we thought we would go check out some towns to find a place along the coast there. We took a trip to Southern California in the spring to check out towns and fell in love with the area. We started looking at rentals and played with the idea of buying property to create the mobile home Airbnb of our dreams. We were getting very excited about this idea and almost ready to pull the trigger a couple months ago when something starting not sitting right with David. He felt like if we were willing to leave home for a while and spend our money on chasing the sun that maybe there was something more we could be doing with ourselves. Anyway, I wasn’t convinced, SoCal was sounding pretty sweet 😉 but I agreed to pray about it.

A while later I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like God was going to have us give some things up; comfort, possessions, and finances. I started the next day with a real weight on my heart, I knew God was calling us to more, and calling us to sacrifice, but wasn’t sure where that was going yet.

A week or so went by with a couple options on the table of what we could do with this season that we were planning to spend away. One of those two options being moving to do missions work in Mexico (not the option I was in favour of). I’ve had my fears of moving to a place the speaks a different language and has a different culture, but because its the unfamiliar. A place that feels so different from what your used to can bring up certain fears, not necessarily rational I know  but in my opinion natural. So travelling to somewhere that to me may feel quite different from home isn’t something I imagined doing while our children are so young. But sometimes thats just the way God seems to work.

Another week went by and we were praying about the two ideas in front of us, we really couldn’t decide so we put a date on the calendar 2 weeks out, August 15th, and on that day we would force ourselves to decide. Well sure enough the decision was made for us the next day. We sat in different areas of the church that Sunday but during the message we both starting feeling like the answer was Mexico. I decided that once we left church I would tell David “Babe, I think we’re going to Mexico”, the moment we sat in the car before I could say anything he looked at me and said “Babe, I think we’re going to Mexico”.

Since then, a few weeks ago now, everything has come into place. We have a home, car, volunteer jobs there, and all the details at home figured out, flights are booked and we’ll be off in two weeks for the rest of the year.

Being intentional about not being tempted by the things that this world can offer has always been a priority of ours. But lets be honest, we get distracted. Houses are pretty, cars have sliding doors, and the kids university isn’t going to pay for itself (unless they’re exceptionally smart, but sorry kids you have our genes, you’ll need the savings). God didn’t forget the priorities he placed in our hearts years ago, He remembered and He nudged us with a fork in the road and we felt like we were all of sudden standing there looking down two paths we could choose to take.

We want to live our life as a family with the desire for God, with the desire to spread the gospel, and be submissive to his direction at whatever the cost. We want to go where He calls us even when (and especially when) it’s makes things a little more uncomfortable for us. When we were so pumped to better our lifestyle, something thats bigger than our own desires appeared, and will always be there.  This season for our family feels like the start of a long journey for us, a journey that we will continue to be surprised by over the years.

15 Comments

  1. Sarah Bentley
    August 16, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Wow, Bethany! This is incredible! I have always loved how outspoken you are about your faith in a world where that is not necessarily the most popular thing to do. Thank you for using your platform to share it. Thank you for answering God’s call upon your life. You inspire me to be more bold & trusting in my own faith. I will be praying for you & your family as you embark upon this journey!

  2. August 17, 2017 / 2:12 am

    Holy crap B, this is HUGE! Amazing though – always so inspired by your desire and drive to really pursue what God places on your heart. I literally cannot wait to see where this new season of life leads you… MEXICO!?! Insane, but in the absolute best way. Eeeee I am so excited for you guys! Love from New Zealand xxx
    – Ariana @ariana.leilani

  3. August 17, 2017 / 5:39 am

    Wow! What an amazing post, and an amazing thing your family is doing. Not only are you going to be helping others, it will be an experience you never forgot that brings your family even closer together! So excited for you! Will you still be blogging??

  4. Emily Sabio
    August 17, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    God is so cool. This is so great and exciting for your family. My husband and I are expecting our first little girl in November and the Lord is leading us away from Southern California to Kauai for ministry opportunities early next year. It’s definitely a little nerve racking with a new baby and leaving the comforts we are so used to here. But the Lord is good and has never left us to question His provision. Exciting new journies ahead!!!

  5. Dania
    August 17, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    As a mexican girl who lives in mexico city i felt pretty offended because of your reasons for not to come and visit mexico, BUT, i hope that you have a nice experience and see us as we are, the country and our culture is so rich…and the people! I do feel inspired because of the way you thought and the way you let God work into your life. I hope you the best.

    • bethanymenzel
      August 17, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Oh I’m sorry, definitely wouldn’t want to offend, and like I say, I know that I’m the silly one and that it’s an amazing country & culture. Can’t wait to experience it!

  6. Emily Berarducci
    August 17, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I just have to tell you, that reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air. I, typically, never comment on any of the blogs that I follow, but I just had to let you know how uplifting and inspiring I find your words to be. Congrats on your upcoming journey!

  7. August 17, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    What an exciting adventure 🙂 What part of Mexico? We grew up spending a month every year in a tiny Mexican village from the time I was six months old, surrounded by only Mexican kids and constant Spanish. It’s the most incredible country with the most beautiful people, food, adventures and culture in the world, your kids will thank you for the experience later… I know we did. Enjoy every second. Xx

  8. Sarah Jo
    August 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I don’t know why but this just brings tears to my eyes. I’m really excited for y’all and can hardly wait to see more of what God is going to do in your lives and the lives of others as you follow His will for your life. Amazing. What an example!

  9. August 17, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Wow, good for you guys and what an amazing testimony! God will use your family in so many amazing ways! Remember that in your discomfort, God is your comfort. Bless you and your family, Bethany, and I’ll be praying for you!

  10. Michaela
    August 17, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    So wonderful! I loved reading this and am so inspired by your willingness and openness to hear the voice of God for your fan. Feels like days gone by…as a parent it’s not something I think about but I sure did when I was younger. Inspiring! I’m sure your photos and words and encounters will be spectacular!

  11. August 17, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Wow this is insane and a confirmation for me. My fiancé has had it on his heart to plant a church in Mexico, specifically Mexico City at the moment. We are at calvary chapel Las Vegas currently being trained to do that work. When I first found out he wanted to plant his church in Mexico I had the same thoughts you did! I was fearful and that caused me to second guess what I had with David (my fiancé). After praying if I was called to his calling, the lord showed me I’m not called to a persons calling but a person and He was calling me to David. I’m not sure when we are being sent out probably in a few years but I am definitely still praying for God to confirm to me and give me a heart for Mexico and the people there. This post really encouraged me! I look up to you, your family, and what you do with your blog! You are my blog and Instagram goals! I love blogging and it has been a huge joy in my life and have been praying The Lord would make it into a career one day and I can work from home and help David with the future church. Thank you for posting this!

  12. Whitney Loughlin
    August 17, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    So I never comment on people’s posts or blogs, but I’ve followed you awhile and really love your heart for the Lord. I’m in nursing school and would LOVE/feel like the Lord has called me to work in the NICU, so hearing your stories and blog posts of Goldie has tugged on my heart. You are such a strong mama with deep faith and authentic trust in the Lord. Anyways, I just wanted to tell you how incredible I think it is that you’ve chosen to listen to where the Lord has lead your family even when it’s hard and not convenient. It encouraged/exhorted me to not simply slip into the way of life but to trust God to take me to hard places that further the kingdom and deepen my relationship and love for him. Praying for your family!
    All the best,
    Whitney Loughlin

  13. lisa
    August 17, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    This is incredible! We started taking our children on missions to Mexico when they were young and have spent almost every Christmas there since! We now go a few times a year and are actively engaged in ministry to children at risk and single moms. I was so afraid heading into our first trip and I wasn’t keen on giving up the comforts and happiness of Christmas at home. It felt like a sacrifice but I wanted to be obedient and open to what Jesus had for our family. So worth it. There are some rough moments but we have seen God move in incredible ways. His love and transforms lives and changes our hearts! And my kids got to be a part of it! I am excited for you all!

  14. Jordan
    August 18, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Wow, so encouraged by this. It’s so refreshing to hear how you’re living out the gospel and being obedient to where the Lord had you go. I’m excited to hear more about your trip!

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