NEW TRIBAL RHYTHMS ///
What a wild couple months the Schallert Tribe has wandered through. This summer has been both deeply glorious and gratifying while also being full of twists, turns and tensions. But alas, we find ourselves amongst the waves of highs and lows moved once again with God’s faithfulness in times of change.
On June 12th we welcomed baby Fable Grace into the rhythm of our lives. She turned eight weeks old on Sunday and we’re still swooning. She really is the perfect little story and such a relaxed baby amid our hustle. It’s already hard to remember life without her. We’re especially blown away by the resilience of our other little people… Margot, Vera and Desmond all have a special bond and love for her. Desmond in particular just can’t stop “helping” her every waking minute. It’s so crazy to watch them all grow up so fast with deep compassion and the occasional tantrum in the wake. This family in missions thing is never easy, but Lord knows we are ever grateful for each other.
In other family news, Vera has launched into her first year of pre-school while Margot just started kindergarten!? KINDERGARTEN!! Everyone is adjusting to some new rhythms of life and as things continue to shift and change we’re doing our best to embrace it all with gratitude and grace.
A LIFE TOGETHER DTS 2016 ///
We are officially half way through the lecture phase of the 2016 A Life Together DTS. In early July we welcomed twelve students from four countries to YWAM, Kona to begin a journey of radical discipleship. These past five weeks have been seriously moving as we’ve continued to help curate a conversation on the gospel of peace and a reconciled world. There is just nothing like watching peoples hearts and passions come alive amid the beauty and tension of the gospel of Jesus. Helping facilitate yet another school just keeps driving home why we do what we do. For while the world may be aching, there is a light in the midsts of the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. What a privilege to partner with people the world over, to stir on a deeper imagination and pursue the Kingdom of God together.
We have five more weeks of lecture phase here in Hawaii before our whole school heads to Cape Town , South Africa to continue the discipleship journey in the womb of the Mother City.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 DAYS ///
Speaking of Cape Town, we are so excited to soon be setting our feet upon the African soil for the first time in ten months. It’s an understatement to say our family really misses South Africa. This fall we will be embracing the nomadic life again, six airline tickets deep (yah that’s an entire row on a 737), doing an entire loop around this blue planet. We welcome your prayers and partnership as we get ourselves on the move once again… we’re especially excited to get the kids back in the nations and to do so as a whole family after a year of rather sporadic trips. For those wanting to connect (LET’S CONNECT!) here is a schedule of our wanderings -
Sep 23rd - 28th / Michigan, USA
We’ll be in Grand Haven, MI for a long weekend en-rout to Cape Town to visit Steve’s folks and some friends. Love to drink some Madcap and talk about life amid the chaos with anyone and everyone while we pass through.
Sep 29th - Oct 28th / Cape Town, South Africa
So excited to have our feet on the ground for a solid month in The Mother City! We’ll spend that time working in close contact with our A Life Together DTS as they are on outreach and re-connecting with all of our friends in the wider YWAM, Muizenberg community... But beyond that we are also treating this time as a scouting / dreaming / praying month to reassess where we are at as a family. It will be our first time in Cape Town as a family of six and we want to intentionally feel it out as we continue to pray about when and how to move back to Cape Town full time. So we feel this month is a significant time for us as a family and really welcome your prayers for clarity and direction.
Oct 28th - Nov 9th / Wollongong, Australia
From Cape Town we will move on to Australia for a few weeks with YWAM, Wollongong. Steve will be teaching in DTS and at a few churches and we’ll spend some time as a family deepening some relationships and networking some blooming possibilities for A Life Together there. We’ll also try our best to let the girls hug baby kuala bears per their request.
Nov 10th / Back in Kona
Nov 26th - Dec 4th / Grimerud, Norway (Just Steve)
For all our Scandinavian friends, Steve will also be speaking in Norway the end of November on DTS with YWAM, Grimerud. Love to catch up amid the frozen north.
/// FINANCIAL NEEDS
We are fundraising once again!
This time we are particularly fundraising for this beautiful around the world journey we are about to launch into as a family. Taking a family of six clear around the world certainly isn’t cheap, but we really feel this trip is important for us to endeavor as a whole family. We’re excited to connect with many of you along the way, to continue to support and lead our A Life Together DTS while they transition into outreach in Cape Town, to network with new ALT initiatives in Australia and to bond as a family along the way.
Rather amazingly we have been able to cover most of the funds needed for our airfare (nearly $9,000) for the whole trip through a couple generous one time donations! Thanks for believing in our family!! This means we are left only needing to cover our “on the ground” costs for housing, in nation transport, food, etc. as we travel. We estimate those costs to be around $5,000 all in. We invite you to pray about partnering with us for this journey and contributing to those needs.
NEED: $5,000 (for food, logging, transport, etc. along the way)
CONTEMPLATING FUTURES ///
“I live not in dreams, but in the contemplation of a reality that is perhaps my future” - Rainer Maria Rilke
Over the last month we have had a number of folks reach out and ask us about our future intentions and plans which makes us realize we haven't done the best job at communicating our longterm heartbeat. So as a means to reiterate where we are at and where we think we are heading in YWAM we just wanted to share a paragraph from the MINISTRY section of this website which we think gives some good language and clarity -
“As we look ahead, we are becoming more and more confident that our current “home plate” at YWAM, Kona is a seasonal reality. YWAM, Kona is an incredible place to dream and certainly an incredible place to let the kids grow up a bit. The UofN pre-school here is particularly amazing and we plan to give our kids an opportunity to experience it. But looking down the road our hope for the long-term is ultimately to move our family more permanently to Cape Town, South Africa. Spending this past year back at YWAM, Kona has really solidified the ache in our hearts for Southern Africa, it’s ultimately where we feel most at home and where we want to pour out our lives. In the interim season, we plan to visit Cape Town as much as humanly possible to stay connected as we look ahead towards moving back when the time feels right for our family. Our work with A Life Together is a huge part of this as well, as we look to the story of South Africa as a living metaphor for the ministry. A Life Together is a movement of reconciliation which is rooted out of and pioneering from Cape Town. In the long-term we are praying for a permanent facility to purchase in Cape Town where we could host DTS’s in tandem with YWAM, Muizenberg, seminars, keep regular hours of prayer and worship and develop ministries that reach into the margins of The Mother City.”
So yah, our ultimate desire is still, as ever, to root our lives in South Africa. Our tribe is growing and maturing and changing… we are learning more and more about who we are and certainly about what this whole “family in missions” thing is all about. Our journey is our own, it isn’t always easy to understand or communicate, but we’re trying to love our kids and love each other and love the world well… and that’s not a uniform reality. We may live in the balance of different desires and seasons of growth, but we do KNOW that Cape Town feels more like home than anywhere.
As we head back to Cape Town this Sep/Oct, we head in a posture of prayer and listening. Trying to listen to that still small voice as well as to each other and our needs as a family. We’ll keep you all in the loop as we discern futures and timing, but yes, we still plan to move back to Cape Town when the season here in Kona feels complete.
We love you all! We’ll see you along the way…
Diane, Steve, Margot, Vera, Desmond, Fable