"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Friday, October 2, 2009


There are many things we would appreciate your prayers for:

--chief among them right now are the dogs. We need to at least have arrangements that someone will be taking them before we leave on Tuesday. We have had a few people interested, but no one has decided for sure. We actually considered leaving them at the school to guard the shop and so forth, but they didn’t want them. Of course many of the nationals would love to have them, but quite frankly, that would be too dangerous. They just don’t see dogs as pets the way we do, and when you can barely feed your own family, buying dog food is not a priority. If these dogs aren’t feed, they will get extremely dangerous. And Elijah as the man still likes to assert his authority every once in a while, so you have to show him who is boss, and that also would not be very safe. So please pray we would get a family who would like them before Monday otherwise we will have to put them down.

--we are back to the school today (Friday) to then have Saturday and Sunday to finish the last minute details and packing. People will be coming for last goodbyes too. Please pray we have time to get everything done and not feel too rushed and be able to enjoy the last few days. Pray the packing goes well.

--pray for our flights-especially for Henry. We have an 8 hour flight to London first, then an overnight. The next flight is 10 hours, then a 3 hour layover (for customs and whatnot) at Chicago, and the last 2 hour flight to MSP. Henry is very busy and very LOUD when he doesn’t get his way! Pray he will travel well.

--continue to pray for our housing when we get back to Minnesota

--pray for our income. We so appreciate the many of you that are continuing to financially support us through this period of transition. Yes, Brian will need a job; but honestly, that is not our first priority for when we get back, and would not be the healthiest for us as a family. We need time to debrief, transition, and heal some wounds. This last week at the missionary care seminar taught us some things we need to do when we get back for everyone’s sake.


--we meet and were ministered to by such a wonderful group of missionaries, now friends, this last week. What a humbling experience to have people we had just met weep over us in prayer! It was like being in our prayer group back home! We love these guys!

--We had a great time at Livingstone. We have some awesome pictures of us about 10 feet away from the edge of the Falls. We said fun things like “heart attack” when we took the pictures for the Grandmas. We’ll post some pictures and notes on those too. Had a few elephants get mad at us too!

1 comment:

The Dixons said...

Hey Guys, We're praying for you! Too bad you can't take your dogs, but I'm sure it's $$$$ and inconvenient since you don't know exactly where you'll be, etc. Praying your transition back to the States goes as well as possible and that you are able to take the time you need for refreshing and healing.