the past few months weíve talked about the highlights of our life in
Mexico: the joy of being a part of God building up his kingdom here.
This month Iíve been reflecting on one of the hardest things about being
a missionary: the good-byes.
fall we had the opportunity to be involved in two conferences and a
retreat in the US. But before we could see our family and friends there
we had to say good-bye to our friends (and our two dogs) here. Just
to let you know how wonderful our friends here are,
Vero and Gaby
in our house while we were gone and another couple drove us an hour
(one way) into the Mexico City airport at 10pm for our red-eye flight.
first conference was in Orlando so we had a few brief but wonderful
days seeing old friends and making some new ones. It was impossible
to squeeze eight years of friendships into one week.
Orlando friends, Chris and Christy
But at each stage of our trip God worked out perfect connections with
friends, some from our time at seminary, some from different churches,
and even some students who used to be in Timís youth group.
Matt & John used to be
in our youth group
The hellos were wonderful, but were followed
a few hours later by a good-bye that will
last a few years.
our next conference in Colorado Springs, we had a week in Wichita, KS.
Being around for my Dadís birthday, meeting my 6
Annabella and her Aunt Annette
month old niece for the first time, having time to go to Bible studies
and ladies circles, and of course seeing old friends (one from when
I was in kindergarten!) were real treats.
we spent a productive, encouraging week at a "tracks conference" where
OC missionaries who work around the world with a focus on similar ministries
give and get help in their specific area. Because of the upcoming launching
of our curriculum for youth pastors we were in the publications track.
Weíve never met most of the other OC missionaries, especially if they
live outside of Latin America. But every time we get to be around our
old OC friends, and when we get to know new ones, we have a great time.
C. S. Lewis said something like "talking divides, but working together
unites." I guess we worked hard enough together to feel deeply united
with the other seven people in our track.
Ongoing training is a hallmark of OC
We really feel like we have pieces of ourselves scattered literally
all over this earth. How we would love to be near you to share the daily
ups and downs of life. How our hearts ache for a home with you, a place
with no good-byes. But I guess that longing is part of the sense of
eternity God has put in our hearts. I guess thatís part of the plan
that Jesus birth set in motion, "In my Fatherís
house are many roomsÖI am going there to prepare a place for you."
We canít wait to spent eternity with you in our Fatherís house. Till
then we celebrate with you God With Us... Emmanuel.