Omaha Family of 7 Sells Everything

If you'd like to help with their trip or send them words of encouragement, Christ Community Church has set up a page dedicated to their mission.

For the right reason -- could you pack up the family, sell everything and move to a country where you're just beginning to learn the language? An Omaha family of 7 will do just that when they leave for the Dominican Republic next week.

It's never easy to step out of our comfort zone. This estate sale in Northwest Omaha is the culmination of months of soul searching.

"Does it really make sense to do something like this with 5 kids? I've got a good job and life's good -- so why change anything?" said Matt Perrotto, who recently quit his job with no guarantee it will be available if and when he returns.

The change is dramatic. That's why most everything in the Perrotto home is for sale. From the kitchen table with family names carved in it to the toys. The winter gear won't be needed where they're headed.

"It's crazy," said Matt's wife, Teri Perrotto, "But I really feel like we're supposed to do this. I think that's where our faith comes in."

The Perrotto family of seven -- children between the ages of 3-and-13 -- are trading in their four bedroom home near 150th and Ida for a four bedroom home in the middle of the Dominican Republic.

They'll stay there for the next two-and-a-half years as missionaries. They're not sure what will happen after that.

"They've been going around and removing the price tags," said Matt, talking about some of his younger children. "We keep telling them it's another adventure."

We become attached no matter our age.

"There's a bear in our son's room," said Teri. "He said, 'You need to take the tag off of Bear Bear's ear.' I said, 'Why?' He said, 'I can't sleep with Bear Bear like that. And Bear Bear's not for sale.' Oh buddy."

Bear Bear is as big as their oldest child.

The money made at the estate sale will help pay for the transition.

As for the five Perrotto children, they'll continue to be home schooled.

"It's our whole family serving together," said Teri.

They'll all be missionaries -- building churches and schools.

The Perrotto's understand what they are doing as a family isn't something for everyone, but hope and pray it could inspire others.

"For us -- the definition of success has changed," said Matt. "It used to be how well we're doing in life. What it's changed to is -- 'What are we doing for God.'"

The Perrotto's said the support from their church family at Christ Community Church has been tremendous.

They leave for the Dominican Republic next Monday. They'll be living in the middle of the country --- away from the beaches and tourist spots.

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