Our time back to the U.S. this summer has brought us good times with friends and family, and times to reconnect with ministry partners. Which means… lots of travel: We flew from Durban, South Africa – to connect to Johannesburg. While there, we happen to meet up with a friend. Elizabeth was also flying out at the same time and we saw her across from our check in counter!, and had a few minutes to say a quick hello/good bye. This dear woman was there to meet us when we arrived in South Africa back in Oct. 2013, so it was fitting to see her as we headed off the end of July.
Then began the longest leg of our journey (or so we thought) – by air non stop from Johannesburg to New York City. We arrived in NY on a Tuesday morning, and then we made our way to fly again to Charlotte, NC to SIM USA for our brief time of interviews and visits with the staff there. We are grateful for the way that SIM USA home staff connected with us upon our arrival back to the States, and also for the care we observed them display as they handled the situation that was unfolding at the time for the missionary from Liberia who was needing treatment for ebola. We praise God for a sending organization that offers so much support and care for it’s members, and that is so committed to the gospel even during difficult situations when the cost can be high. When we left Charlotte, we intended to fly but the “stand by ” flights had no space available, so… road trip!!! We rented a car and drove to Maine:
The next day was also a party to welcome us back and celebrate Ellie’s and Eden’s high school graduation: We are so grateful for the support and warm welcome we have received from our home church, Hollis Center Baptist Church. Thank you for blessing us! We’ve been enjoying being in Maine and all that it has to offer:
We have enjoyed visits with family: Lori’s parents and sister’s family, and speaking at churches here in Maine. And seeing our older kids, Kaleb and Kaleena. Our next time of travel took us to Houston to help Eden get settled in with Kaleena:
After returning to Maine from Houston, Ellie got herself settled in at her new home with Lori’s sister in Maine:
Our first trip as “empty nesters” took Mike and Lori off to visit family in New York, and visit a special place, Letchworth State Park:
With summer coming to an end, our next adventure is for Mike and Lori to begin four weeks of cross cultural training at MTI in Colorado….. find out more in “part three” in our next blog entry…..