After over 4 years living abroad we needed to take 3 months in the US to reconnect with our churches, supporters and friends. Time in the US for foreign missionaries is important but not always easy! It's like cultural whiplash entering the US and then whiplash round 2 when returning to your country of service BUT we sure had a lot of fun on the wild ride.
Grace, coffee and a good sense of humor was the name of the game!
We started our US trip traveling up the East Coast and visiting friends and supporters. During the month of November we visited 13 states and slept in 10 different beds. All that moving and shaking was most definitely worth the connection with dear people. To top it all off we enjoyed the first snow of the season in NYC and soaked up some much needed museum time in DC.
The end of November was spent with Chris' family celebrating Thanksgiving together for the first time in 5 years. We also enjoyed the unexpected opportunity of sharing at Calvary Chapel St George's missions
movie night. Talking about the Current State of the Tribal Church and sharing how we can work to Strengthen the Tribal Church is alway a great joy.
We spent December and January in Colorado connecting with our 3 sending churches. Our days (and nights!) were filled with small group meetings, kids-clubs, Sunday services, luncheons, early morning coffees, breakfasts, and much more. Despite the tight schedule we are leaving with wind in our sails because of your love and encouragement. Seeing God at work in North America only deepens our faith and sets our feet even straighter for the work God has prepared for us in Ecuador.
Meeting with kids is one of our favorite connections in the US. During our time together we are able to discuss their "mission" here in the USA.
To LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS ...wherever God places them.