Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Wow has this furlough gone by fast.  It feels like just yesterday we were saying goodbye in South Africa and boarding the plane.

Some of those goodbyes are still raw on our hearts.  Maybe that's why March 1st still feels like yesterday.  We have moments of missing potjies, the Indian Ocean, curry, and of course our friends.

But, God has blessed us incredibly during this furlough.

            Lots of time with family
            Lots of miles safely traveled
            Lots of church visits
            Very few illnesses
            Loads of fun and
            3 trips to Harrisburg, PA for events/trainings at ABWE

 Hiking in Missouri

 Fun with cousins!

Helping at ABWE

But, as the time draws near for the move to East Africa, my heart can get anxious . . . . really anxious.

Will the language come quickly?  Will we make friends?  Can I handle all the different challenges?

These are the questions I have to continually leave at God's feet.  Sometimes more than once during a day!  My tendency is to think, "I've already done this type of move once.  I know how to navigate new cultures.  I remember the struggle of language learning.  I've got this!"

But the fears are still there.  My heart is still anxious.  The dependency on God is still needed.  

That's why I'm so glad for the promises in scripture!  Knowing who has called us to serve in East Africa and trusting completely in who is going to walk the road with us is reassuring! It almost makes it seem silly to ever worry.  But, as the worries creep up, I find myself going to the passage below and finding courage.  What a faithful God we serve.

Lamentations 3: 21-24
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
great is your faithfulness.
therefore I will hope in him.