Wow, what a busy last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, we had the privilege of returning to South Carolina to speak at the Irazu Summit at Mt. Airy Baptist church in Easley. They allowed us to stay in their wonderful mission house and the entire trip was such a blessing. My family all met us at the airport late Thursday night and then we drove from Atlanta to Easley that night. The mission house was wonderful and to quote Jacob, “The bed feels like a cloud!” It was so nice to sleep in a comfortable bed! My mom was able to stay with us the entire trip and help us with the kids. That was so nice.
The next day my friend Amy treated us both to a pedicure, while Jacob stayed at the house and was able to visit with Johnny, Michael and Natalie. I also got to see baby Wyatt for the first time. Of course I cried at the beauty of that precious baby! After that we ate at Zaxby’s. It was yummy! Oh, the things we miss. That night we had dinner with Chris and Amy. The next day I got up early and went to Angie’s to get my hair cut. What a nice relaxing morning. She had coffee, muffins and banana bread waiting. That afternoon we had dinner with our small group at Chris and Amy’s and then went back over to Angie’s to celebrate Mike’s birthday. It was wonderful to see people from church early, not having to wait until Sunday morning.
On Sunday, we got to worship with our home church Mt. Moriah. It was such a blessing. That afternoon it started snowing (see the previous blog) but we went to share with Providence Baptist anyway. It was nice seeing everyone there and when we left it was like a winter wonderland outside. The next day, we had to cancel our trip to Kershaw, unfortunately, because there was so much snow and we were not sure about the driving conditions that night. We hated to do it, but we did not feel that we had any choice. Monday for lunch we had the privilege of sharing our calling and hearts with the leadership of Mt. Airy. Tuesday we spent the whole day with Jacob’s family.
Wednesday morning I got up and went to Cracker Barrel with Christina and then we went to the Beth Moore Bible study she has been attending and then we went to lunch with Linda. It was a sweet time of fellowship. Wednesday night we spoke at Mt. Airy. Thursday we attended and shared at the Irazu summit. This was such a wonderful time. It was so exciting to be with others that are on fire about everything going on around Irazu. After that we headed to Spartanburg to spend the next couple of days with my family – my sister Mandie flew in from Connecticutt to see us! We got to have a surprise retirement party for my parents. Then Sunday we got to worship with our home church again. That night we shared with Enon Baptist and then headed back to Atlanta to fly out. We had a packed week.
How did God use this trip? Many ways. However, one big one was that we feel confirmed in our calling to Costa Rica. There were many things that I had been missing and longing for, and when we experienced some of them, it was like, the Lord was telling me, “Just be content where you are in CR. Don’t long for things here. Your home for now is CR.” Also, we feel that we have the best people supporting us with love and prayers. We were so encouraged by the love we experienced while we were home. Thank you to everyone that prays for us continually. We could feel your prayers while we were back in the States. Please continue to pray for our Spanish and our long term financing. And for the financing of missions around the world. Giving is down for many and it is affecting missionaries ability to stay on the field.
Oh, and the last piece of luggage finally arrived Thursday night. Thank you to all of you that prayed for its safe return. The kids were thrilled!
Here are some pics!