So many things have been going through our minds lately, to many to sort out all at once. I think that we could both do with a brain transplant right about now! After the recent events, Dan and I sat down with our team and our tribal consultant, to talk. All are in agreement that we need to head home to get Dan help for his back pain and over all health. Poor Dan turned 40 back in September and then started to fall apart.
This was a very, VERY hard decision to come to as our hearts are torn in two different directions. (I have shed many tears over all of this.) Our desire is to be in the village working on our house, relationships with the people, and language learning. On the other hand it is vital that Dan get back on his feet with plenty of rest, good medical advice and care. Those two things cannot happen in the same location. We cannot have both but we want both. The reality is that life in the tribe is very taxing on one’s mind and body on a good day and right now Dan’s body is throwing a BIG FIT saying “NO MORE!” With all the responsibilities he carries out there being the only guy and builder trying to work on three houses at once; he needs to be running at 100%…
Our plans as of right now……
Sometime next week, we will be heading back into the tribe to get things closed up for the summer and prepare for the upcoming May dental clinic.
We do not have a date of departure for the States just yet. It will all depend on what needs to get done out in the village and how long it will take.
Where we will be staying Stateside…
This is all up in the air right now! We have been told of two possibilities were we can find a good back Doc. and are checking into them: Arizona and Missouri.
The GOAL of this time home…..
-First and foremost is to get Dan to a Doc.
-Time as a family
-Then when Dan feels ready to travel (and sit in a truck for days on end) we will begin to visit our dear churches, friends and family.
How long we will be home….
? ? ? ? - Our goal is to be back in the tribe by the first of October, when the rains have stopped.
- Wisdom as we make plans
-That we find a GREAT Doc.
-Rest and Healing for Dan
-Funds for our upcoming medical bills and travel expenses
-For Katie and Rachel as they make summer plans
-Wisdom for our team as we look to the Lord for new partners