Tennessee Memories

Tennessee Memories

This past month has been a wonderful blessing to be able to go home to West Tennessee and spend time with our children and our church family and friends and some of our prayer partners. As I type this message, we have a little over 3 days before we board a plane to fly back to Romania to close out one of the chapters in our life. Now long after we return we will be preparing ourselves to move to Brno, Czech Republic to start the next chapter.

As for the here and now, our month home was also filled with visits, meals, sickness, and deep emotional experiences. Dawn and I have tried to spend as much time as possible with our children. They have strange school and work schedules so at times this was a challenge. However, we have really really just enjoyed being in their presence… a lesson they will understand more as they get older. We also had opportunities to visit and share with our home church and another sister church about our ministry. I had the opportunity to visit my dad’s grave and see the finished site as they finally got the bronze military plate mounted. Yesterday, Josh and I went on a little journey to remember my dad. Josh, my son, was very close to his granddad and we decided to go by our local police station to say hello to a few of the folks there. We also went out to the Humboldt Lake (now Davy Crockett Lake) to just sit, talk and drink a cup of coffee together and reminisce. WELL, actually… I think we bought caramel chocolate mocha at McDonalds! Regardless, we drove slowly through the snowy conditions to find ourselves alone at the lake… alone with our memories and talk about the past and the future. The photos below are from this snowy day… mostly out at the lake. These are times when you realize that the times and generations are changing and that as we start the process of going back to Europe, we MUST find a way to let go… and have a deeper trust in God to take care of things in our stead. This is not at all easy to do but somehow we have to do it. It is the strange dichotomy of being both a parent who loves their children and a Christian who has to rely more and more on the heavenly Father to watch over all things.

Please continue to pray for us as we fight the emotions and do our best to focus on what is ahead of us in our new ministry assignment. Thank you for reading through my ramblings. It is not easy to be open and honest with what lurks on the inside of us… the joy, the pain, the glory of serving the King.



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