Only 9 more days to go before our Home Assignment in the states. We are packing up and saying goodbye. We had a yard sale and Evangeline had a difficult time parting with some of her toys. Another difficult day was when we said “goodbye” to our puppy that we have had since Christmas “Tinsey” (named by Evangeline). Evangeline loved Tinsey. She is learning how to say her goodbye’s. It is a good lesson to learn as she will be doing it more often than she realizes in the next few years. Please note our new address below.
441 S. Timberlake Ln.
Hartsville, SC 29550
If you are a church please begin send mail items here. Also, Several of you have expressed interest in sending gift cards, this is where you can send them. Thank you!
I wish I could explain to you the turmoil many missionaries have when leaving a country they have served in. It is very strange. On one hand we are very happy to be coming home to reunite with our families and our supporters. We are also relieved at the prospect of getting the care Malachi needs. On the other hand there is a strong desire to stay because this is where we have made a home for our family and have created a new family filled with our Belizean brothers and sisters in Christ. The emotions that tug on our heart and the ups and downs can be overwhelming. Pray for us during this time of transition.
Just this weekend, I (Mel) had the opportunity to speak at the Brethren Assemblies Ladies Retreat. The theme was “Living by Faith”. I spoke five times covering the “Three Ingredients of Faith”, “Noah- Unwavering Faith”, “Abraham- Faith, Getting it Right”, “Rahab”, and “Encouraging you in your Faith Walk”. It was a wonderful time of fellowship. It was my first time speaking at a retreat and I experienced God in a new way, I would love to do it again!
A few things John has done in the past few months is be one of the leaders a a young men’s retreat held at the mission base; here, several of the young men made the decision to follow in believers baptism. He also attended a smaller version of a “Passion” conference with Pastor Kenny and the young boys. In addition to this, watched all three kids for three days while I was gone to the retreat. What a great husband I have!
We are remaining busy and are loving this last month being here, relishing our friends.
How is Malachi?
We get this question all the time and it is a difficult one to answer. His improvement is very slow if anything. We have seen improvement in his neck control and the other day he did hold a bottle with open hands for about 30 seconds. He is not crawling or sitting up on his own, and is having a difficult time with balance. Even though his neck control has improved he still is “floppy”. We are praying that physical therapy will make him more mobile. Thank you for your prayers and concern.