Thank you to those of you who are still here after my sporadic posting this last year. Furlough has been busy with lots of family events and ministry opportunities. There has been very little time for “extras.” I hope to remedy that as I get ready to head back to Japan.
We’ve traveled many miles and visited many churches. We were present for the birth of our first grandchild. We enjoyed holidays with our children which included Christmas with our children for the first time in 6 years. We were present with each of our children during times when we just needed to be there. I cherish those times and memories. Quite frankly, we miss out on a lot of our children’s lives. God’s grace is sufficient, but I soak up all that the Lord allows me to be a part of.
So as I prepare to head back to Japan, I appreciate your prayers. Goodbyes get more and more difficult. I’ve heard other missionaries say it, so I know I am not alone. I look forward to being back to the place where God has called us to serve and the people there that I have come to love, but my heart also longs for those I leave behind.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” ~Romans 15:13