Postings: Michigan and Travels

Dear Friends and Family,

We’re on our way to Michigan in 2 days (Wednesday, May 6).  It’s hard to believe that’s coming up on us so quickly!  Our time in Washington state has been good and encouraging and we’re looking forward to visiting with family, friends, and partners when we’re in Michigan.  We will be staying with my (James’) parents, which will make it very easy for the kids to get their Gramma and Grandpa time!  :-D  They talk about visiting Gramma Rachie and Grandpa Doug all the time!  We’ll also get to see Andrew and Evan while we’re there, which is exciting.

2015_05 Post Family Photo SDBeautiful Park: May, 2015

Here’s some highlights of our last few months:

-Sharing at Wycliffe Associate banquets in the area, where we were able to make some good and encouraging connections.
-Having a very meaningful and uplifting time of sharing and visiting at a Benefit Concert at our home church.  Over $2200 was raised!  These funds will be used to further the work of Bible translation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), by providing scholarships for Papua New Guinean Bible translators to receive further training for the translation work.
-Trip to Florida for Wycliffe training/missionary re-entry program.  This was a time of being refreshed and blessed by Wycliffe, plus having some needed down-time as a family.  The kids loved the pool! (see pic below).
-Having the course that James designed taught to Papua New Guinean Bible translators not only once but TWICE!  It’s really neat to still have a part in Bible translation in PNG even while we’re in the US.
-Multiple people from different countries are requesting the training materials for the courses James has designed.  This has been a hope that is becoming a reality: that these materials would be useful beyond PNG.
-Getting our round-trip tickets to Michigan almost for FREE because we let United Airlines bump us on the way back from Florida.  Praise God for such a blessing!

James and Kids at the PoolSwimming!  March, 2015

Some of the things we’re looking forward to in Michigan:

Visiting our supporting churches in the Holland/Grand Rapids area and Gaylord.
Reconnecting with friends and ministry partners
-2 of the biggest family reunions of the year!

We have some Prayer/Praise items for our time in Michigan:

-Prayer: We need to borrow a car from May until mid-August (note: it doesn’t have to fit our whole family).
-Praise/Prayer: Our schedule in Michigan is coming together: lots of travel, but we’re seeing God’s hand in it.
-Prayer: It’s a time of transition for us and the kids.
-Prayer: For wisdom in knowing how to manage a very busy schedule.
-Prayer: For health (most of us have colds right now) and safe travel.

2015_04 Post Family Photo SDApril, 2015

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