This has been the greeting we have received from day one since our home-assignment began. Whether it’s been the greeting we received from our friends who picked us up when we arrived in California, friends opening their homes to us, or the churches we have shared in, we have been extremely blessed. One friend in California stated, “Our door has been open to you since the day you left three years ago.” Another friend in Illinois said to us, “You always have a home in Chicago.” Another friend yet at a church in New Mexico stated, “So good to have you home with us brother and sister.” These are just a few examples of how we have been blessed from San Clemente, California to Ontario, Canada. Our time thus far has been short but ‘Oh so Sweet!
We are especially blessed since ‘HOME’ is a bit fuzzy to us these days. One friend stated to Cirena that it must be nice to work in her ‘home’ country. But with all three of her son’s in the United States along with her sister and numerous other family members, home in the Philippines just isn’t the same.
Just before leaving Ontario, Canada, one auntie asked “Does it still feel like home?” My answer was, “Of course, always.” But with our home church being in San Clemente, California, having another church in Linn Creek, Missouri that we called home for two years of our lives during missions training along with other’ that we have had the privilege of connecting with over the past few years, it’s good to be welcomed home by the body of Christ wherever He leads us. Praise be to God.
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)