As we write this … We are packing up and beginning the process of saying our goodbyes in the US for another two years. The next few weeks will be like a 1600 mile farewell tour as we drive to visit families and churches one last time. As we near the end of our first home assignment we are excited to get back to Bucharest and all that is waiting for us there. Our time in the US was refreshing, encouraging and humbling as we saw the kindness so many of you offered us on our visit. As our hearts overflow with thankfulness to God for providing all our needs, we want to thank you as well, and let you know you have been a blessing. We were richly blessed by so many people who offered us housing on our travels, enjoying their company even more than the comfort of their homes. Those who offered vehicles were invaluable, filling an unavoidable and seemingly insurmountable need.
Thank you to our churches for welcoming us home after two years away. We walked in your doors and felt instantly at home. Meeting so many people who actually read our prayer letters and pray for us humbled us, and infused us with a fresh sense of the responsibility we’ve been given.
We are thankful for the small groups and prayer groups that took the time to learn about our ministry. Especially precious to us is our small group in Minnesota who let us crash their meetings even though they knew we were only around for a short while. Being enveloped in Christian community made us even more at home than being surrounded by Target, Starbucks, Taco Bell and English speakers.
As you read this… Several weeks will have passed. We will be settling into our routine in Bucharest. Joshua will be spending time in language study, involved in our team’s ministries, mentoring missions-minded youth and teaching Government/Economics at the MK high school. Kara will be juggling homeschooling with school runs for Noemi’s part-time attendance at the MK school. Isobel will be working on pre-school at home with mom and learning Romanian as fast as she can.
Thank you for your prayers!