We last wrote to you in late March but it feels like only a few weeks ago. Time is really going by quickly! Since that last post, there has been a trip to Indonesia where James delivered the devotional teachings at a World Team conference, the family took a trip to Koh Kong (where we worked before), we’ve met with numerous friends, disciples, teammates to celebrate God’s goodness and reminese a bit, James took two trips to Thailand (for medical purposes and one with Lynette), packed up our belongings, sold our car and every other item that wouldn’t fit into an action-packer, finished the school year and final exams, handed off our dog to another family, a family visit to the dentist, participated in the Leader Cohort training in Europe and a whole bunch of other things in between each event.
In thirty-three hours we’ll board the plane for our journey to the States. As the time draws near the reality of this season’s closing is coming into full view. As you might expect our emotions are all over the place. There is the anticipation of what’s next but also the sadness of the ministry we leave behind, “parting IS such sweet sorrow”. Although living in another country has its challenges, after seventeen years Cambodia has become home. The friendships we’ve made with the Khmer and the expat community are invaluable and will be deeply missed.
It will take time for us to make the adjustment to new sights, sounds and smells. Life in Cambodia, in so many ways, could not be more different than the States. We anticipate the first six months trying to find a new normal but much longer than that before we process everything that has happened and make the full physical, emotional, and relational transition. But in the meantime, I guess we’ll need to stop driving through the gas station to avoid the red light or going three to four cars wide on a two-lane road (its possible) so we don’t scare everyone else. Where in NC will we find fried spiders or fried pork & rice for breakfast?
In closing we want you to know that our financial support has been dangerously low for quite some time. Over the last few months, we’ve seen another dip which puts our continued work with World Team in jeopardy once we return to the States. We realize that as we transition back from the field into a training role supporters will need to reconsider if our new focus fits within how they wish to support missions. If you have questions about the role, what we will be doing, how it fits into building God’s church, please write us, call us, or have a cup of coffee with us, we would love to share with you! With that in mind, we are asking each supporter to a) communicate to us soon as possible if you decide to discontinue your support b) support us through September if at all possible to give us time to discern our next steps. For those who desire to support our new ministry, you can continue to give as before. We are truly grateful for each person’s partnership with us through the years. Thank you.
- For our belongings to arrive safely to NC by ship (hopefully it won’t end up in Wilmington, Delaware)
- Emotional stability as we make this transition and grace through the grieving process
- We need to find dependable vehicles
- The transition of James’ Area Director role to Pat (to be complete by the end of Sept.)
- God’s grace as we say goodbye to people, a community and way of life
- Our financial support
- God’s direction in our next season of ministry
Thanks for your partnership and prayers,