It’s almost been three months since the Cottle family left Cambodia for North Carolina.
In many ways, it feels like only yesterday we were buzzing around Cambodia…..but time flies by no matter where you are. During the last months we’ve focused on acclimating to our new surroundings and schedules, getting school matters for the kids squared away, purchasing a car (a little less scary here), and worked on our house to make it more suitable for our family (adding rooms, hallways, and sheetrock). We spoke at two churches so far. It was such an encouragement to be received back by these churches and to share the great things God has done and what things are in front of us.
Rachel started her high school senior year last week. She’s attending Coastal Christian and is making new friends. Although Rachel is processing leaving her Cambodian home and all her friends we are excited to see how she is trusting in the Lord and taking steps to branch out and connect with others. This change has not been easy for her.
Caleb will be attending E-Academy for his 8th-grade year. This is a homeschool/online school operated by the county school district. He will officially begin in two weeks. Caleb has already run a 5k race and placed well. He has also reconnected with three boys that live in our neighborhood.
Lynette has been busy making the house her new home. It has been a full-time job but one we have tried to tackle in small increments. Most things are put away and just in time for Lynette to begin her new job at Coastal Christian High School. Lynette is doing well with this transition but has had moments when the tears flow when she thinks of the people we left in Cambodia.
James is in the middle of transitioning too. James is still serving as the Area Director until October 1st. At which time he will he will transition from Area Director to his new role in Global Leadership and Development. His first trip will be September 16th-22nd to Seattle to receive training in the area of mentoring and coaching others. In November James will fly to Cambodia for the leader development seminar where 20 emerging leaders from Asia, South America, Africa, Central Asia and Europe will grow in leadership skills. James is leading several sessions on Situational Leadership and co-teaching two other sessions.
James is also working with a small team in order to launch research in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in Asia and only has 0.05% Christian presence. The hope is to launch the research team by mid-September, and gather the appropriate data so mobilizing new workers to this unreached people can begin in 2019.
Thanks to everyone for partnering with us as we labor to reach the unreached and develop others to be faithful laborers in the gospel. We ask that you pray for the following:
- Our continued adjustment to life and work in America
- Our children as they continue to process, grieve and make friends
- The research team for Bangladesh
- For James as he prepares for the leadership development training in November