With eight hours left until we leave for the airport, we are emotional. I think in the last ten minutes I personally have experienced excitement, nervousness and sadness all present at the same time, but at varying degrees. I keep telling myself its just another country; people travel to new places all the time.
There’s something different about this, of course. We are leaving our friends and our families behind. We are leaving the comforts of our home country to enter into a new world so different than our own. I wish I could express to you the feeling, but words simply can’t describe it.
I think besides our own individual families, we will miss our church family the most. They as a congregation have been behind us every step of the way. Ever since we first mentioned going into missions five years ago they have prayerfully, financially and emotionally bonded together with us to see this day come. Not only this, but they are committed to walking with us every step of the way as well.
Today, our last church service coincided with an outreach event where our church, Grace Point, and our sister church, Ogden, combined worship services at Adrian College’s football stadium. It was very special for us since both churches have really taken ownership of us, while Grace Point is our home and sending church.
So many thank you’s and goodbyes are in order; too many to name. We are sad to see this chapter in our lives end, but excited for the next chapter to begin.
Through the last weeks since we made our decision to go with less than 100% support we have seen the Lord continue to confirm this to be the right decision. From encouraging phone calls from brothers and sisters in Christ, unique needs being met just in the nick of time and a steady increase in our support, we are praising the Lord for His faithfulness and provision. Wow. We are beside ourselves with joy and praise to our Father. We so desperately want others to know Him!
Thank you for your love and your encouragement.