After a really busy and stressful two weeks, Mark and I have enacted some “Member Care” on ourselves and taken a little trip to Charlotte, NC to visit SIM headquarters. Yep -we left the kiddos with the all-too-willing grandparents. First priority was just to spend some time ALONE! Second objective was dropping off 16 pieces of luggage here at SIM before our departure from Charlotte on the 20th. Yes -you read that correctly -16. And we think about a third of it must be homeschooling books! Five kids + three years = lots and lots of books! And we even mailed a box that wouldn’t fit. Thus Mark and missionary Bill Henry taping that package. Thank you, Bill!
Our day was really blessed by walking the beautiful SIM USA campus and then visiting with some of the folks on home staff, including a really terrific Member Care team who encouraged and prayed for us.
About midway through the day, we got a phone call from Stacey’s Mom and Dad saying that on their way to Camp Lejeune with the kids (where we will meet them tomorrow), our van was rear-ended by a truck!
Everyone if fine and no damage to the van -praise God! But it was a good reminder that we need to ask you to PRAY for us right now. As prayer partners, you are holding us up. Please keep it up! We are on the home stretch now with less than two weeks to go before our departure for Nairobi.
Please pray for our safety as we travel and for comfort (as only The Lord can give) as we say goodbyes to Stacey’s parents this Sunday -and to our dog Digger who will be staying with them. Then more goodbyes the next weekend.
We will be in Jacksonville NC through March 16th. Our sending church, Centerview Baptist, will be having a Commissioning Service for us at 11 a.m this coming Sunday and all are welcome.
More than anything else, please pray that we will stay close to our Shepherd. He will hold our hands and lead us in His perfect will as we follow Him.
Remember that old song we learned as children?
“Trust and Obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to Trust and Obey”