This has been our theme song over the past 2 months. We moved out of our PNG home into a guest house, then out of the guest house to fly back to America with our belongings packed into 13 luggage and 6 carry-ons. Next, we moved into my parents house and went through our old stored belongings then repacked to move to Katie’s parents’ house where we will live for the next 6 or 7 months. After a few short days we were unpacked, the kids were getting used to their rooms, but the rain was steady. It proved to be too much for many people in Michigan who don’t normally have problems with flooding. We had to move the 3 girls out of their room due to water seepage and began moving and cleaning everything on the lower level (bedroom, living room, office). After we were able to get everything dried out we moved everything back for a couple days only to determine it still needed some cleaning. We moved everyone and everything out again and had someone come in to professionally dry things out. Today we will clean the carpet and hopefully begin moving everyone back. Chloe who is nearing 4yrs. old has said a number of times “I want to sleep there” because right now she is in the baby’s crib.
In the midst of these transitions the past few weeks and an uncertain future, God has been reminding us through many different ways of the great future home and hope that we have in Him! “May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in HOPE”. (Romans 13:13) We are clinging to this truth as we anticipate more transition within the year before we are settled into a new ministry. Right now, we are focused on the purpose of our home assignment.
What is the purpose of Home Assignment?
- Maternity Leave (To prepare, visit the doctor, have the baby, care for the babies needs)
- Partnership Development (Touching base with supporters and churches)
- This includes; phone calls, emails, personal visits, and church presentation to share what God has accomplished through our ministry in PNG, to regain lost support, and to share about our future ministry.
- Refreshment (Personal vacation time and with family, doctors appointments for needs not met while in PNG, etc.)
- It is important that our supporters continue giving during this time while we are still employed by NTM. It is not intended that we find another job to raise funds as this would restrict us from fulfilling those purposes.
Since returning we have had opportunities to share at churches, visit family members and friends, join a welcome home party, catch up on eye doctor and O.B. appointments, find a pediatrician, go shopping to replace items we could not bring back from PNG, have family time, and even enjoy a getaway for Katie and I before the baby comes.
As the Lord has reminded us of the hope we have in him, no matter what the future holds, we have found joy and refreshment as a family even in the midst of constant change. Thank you for praying and supporting us!