My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Dear Praying Friends,
We write to you with happy thoughts of our imminent home assignment this summer! We expectantly hope for wise counsel and clarity as we consider the years we have lived the call in Africa. We know God has not allowed the awkward times of learning and adjusting to be wasted. At the same time we know much can be gained from reflecting on these years from a new perspective and with the help of our partners and mentors. We look forward to this time with all of you and pray for an intentional time of refining and clarifying His purpose and plan as it relates to our next term overseas.
We have purchased our tickets to return to the U.S. in the first week of May. We will fly to Southern California to spend a week or two with our home church and re-learn how to function in the USA. The Lord has graciously provided a vehicle (the six door Prius) that we will pick up there and drive through the Midwestern states. We will spend the summer with family and friends, and then settle in Southern California for the school year.
Not this already! Before his sixth birthday, Caleb entered the grand enigma concerning girls. “Some days she likes me, other days she doesn’t. I just don’t understand. I just want to be her friend.”
Tim is riding a bike without training wheels. Natalie is vacillating between dressing up as a princess, Laura Ingles Wilder, or wearing her brother’s big, comfy sweatpants on our flight home.
Andrew is actively soliciting broken or obsolete electronics so he can learn how things work and conduct his own experiments.
All our children have profited greatly from this season with other missionary kids and village friends.
Praise God with us:
Steven’s recovery from the month long illness seems to be complete, without any lingering complications. we’ll be back in the USA soon. for the chapter ahead and the chance to be reunited with friends and family.
preparations for a year of home assignment. clear priorities as we bring our responsibilities here to a close. the needs of Steven and our other contacts as they will be on their own while we are away. travel safety – we are leaving April 18th to travel by taxi through Guinea, Senegal, and The Gambia for a family vacation before flying to the USA. the ability to sleep well during this busy, stressful time of packing up and saying goodbye. our family as we travel and as we shepherd our four children through some significant and confusing changes. the continuing effort among the many West African language groups that still lack access to God’s message and the hope found in Him.
Things we’d like to borrow for our summer trip around the country:
Small trailer 12v DVD player
It’s a busy time for us. We regret that we won’t be able to respond immediately to responses. We’ve found your personal notes and prayerful reflections very valuable.
Thank you for your involvement with us here in Guinea, Kris, Ruth, Andrew, Natalie, Caleb & Timothy Altmiller