Writing this newsletter is the last thing on my “To Do” list. Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 16, we leave London for Eugene, OR. We will be in the U.S. until January 31, 2012 for a stateside assignment. Our time will include speaking in churches (see the schedule below), catching up with friends and family, some travel, training opportunities, personal development and hopefully some rest and personal renewal. We are very grateful to have this time.
We will truly miss Europe, our friends, church, city and neighbors. As I write, Andy is out playing his final golf tournament with his British golf society friends. I asked him to make sure and win this one since we planned our STAS date around this important calendar event! It is hard to believe that we have been in London for 3 ½ years. We have learned so much about Europe, how to pack for 10 days in a small carry on suitcase, how to get around on any mode of transportation, how to navigate the public transportation city in any language, how to communicate with a smile and sign language. We have learned so much about ourselves, how to work together 24-7, we love people, we love our job, but even these 2 extroverts need down, quiet time to recharge and refuel. We have learned so much about God. He is faithful. He provides. He desires to use us as we are available and humble before Him. We have learned so much about how to do our role as Member Care. When we arrived in April, 2008 we were full of enthusiasm and low on experience. We continue to be full of enthusiasm. Hopefully the past three years has provided the valuable experience we needed to not just desire to serve out teammates, but to serve them well, in the ways they need to be ministered to.
As we head back to America we want to thank you all for your support and encouragement. We hope to see many of you during our time in the States and have the opportunity to share stories and experiences. We will be staying with Beckie Hoglund in Eugene. You can contact us at her number: 541.344.9498
Here are a few dates that we have scheduled on our calendar. If you are in the area we would love to connect.
Capitol Baptist, Salem, OR Sunday, Sept. 25
Harvest Community Church, Eugene, OR Sunday, October 23
Meadowbrook Church, Redmond, WA Sunday, October 30
Northwest Baptist Convention, Eugene, OR November 14-16
Radiate, Richmond, VA December 11
Highland Baptist, Redmond, OR TBD