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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lord, Why Us?

Often when we meet with individuals and share a bit of our testimony, we mention that overseas missions was never part of our original plans when we were first married. In fact, it's probably safe to say that we were hesitant to apply with MAF because even though it felt like that was what God wanted us to do, we weren't fully convinced yet that we wanted to! Oh how we hold so strongly to something for fear that God would ask us to do something we wouldn't want to do. But the truth of the matter is that when we surrender our plans and expectations, God will change the desires of our hearts so that we will want to follow His leading. So now more than ever we are truly excited about following Him to Madagascar, even though we know the journey won't be an easy one. 

This process of sharing the ministry with individuals and inviting them to join our team through MAF has been awesome training grounds for the field, I think. It has given us the opportunity to watch God's hand work out things that are really out of our control. As He continues to bring the funds in, we are stepping back and saying, "Really Lord? What did we ever do that you want us to join you in this work?" I can only go back to the very reason He sent His Son to die for us---He is a gracious God, and it really has nothing to do with us in the first place. It is all for His glory and everything He does is for Him!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back in Canada

After two weeks away in the UK from January 29 to February 12, Rob and I have safely returned to Canadian soil.

It was very exciting to meet staff members in the UK as well as build relationships with three other MAF families heading to different bases in the African region. This was my (Karina) first trip to the UK, actually this was the farthest I've ever been away from home. I will report that I wouldn't want to travel on a plane that far any more pregnant than I was! The kids had a good time with my family on the island. They bonded well and I'm pretty sure Rob and I missed them more than they missed us! However, they were very excited to see us return home.

MAF rented time at Ashburnham Place in a small town called Battle in the southern part of the UK. Ashburnham Place is a Christian Retreat Center and much of it is run by volunteer teens from around the world.

Even though the training course was intense and we felt we were at "information overload" by the end, it was a great time of refreshing and re-grouping. As difficult as it was to leave the kids behind, it was a special time to away be together.

Thank you to all who were praying for their adjustment to having us gone, and safety and health. The Lord was gracious to answer all of our prayers!

In London: which we toured a bit on our day off.

London Tower

St. Paul's Cathedral

Inside of the Natural History Museum in London

This was a framed timeline of the Vicars that served at Ashburnham church.

Inside of the church on Ashburnham Place - date built 1667

Straight ahead is the kitchen and dining rooms, and on either side are the accommodations we stayed in.

Another picture of the church

We enjoyed a really nice walk on the one sunny day we experienced :)

The main building at Ashburnham Place


City center of Battle