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Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Goodbyes

Our visit on the island is now over. It was difficult to say goodbye to my family, but we are confident of their prayer and support. Many things will be different when we visit them again. Such as, my littlest sister will likely be driving, and my mom will have graduated another son from high school.

I was excited to witness my sister's baptism during our visit, and I prayer her desire to follow the Lord with her life increases each day.

Even though many miles will separate us, I know we will stay in touch via the internet. My children are already extremely familiar with Skype and email. I have a few ideas of making their internet 'visits' special, and I'm looking forward to nurturing the unique relationship we will have across the ocean.

During our visit, we had the privilege of two open houses! And we were astounded at the numbers of people who came out to encourage us and say goodbye. God used each person to remind us of the calling He has laid on our hearts, and during a difficult farewell, we are confident that we are right in the middle of His will. Thanks to all who came out to see our family. It really meant a lot to us! :)


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Commissioning Service at Departure Bay Baptist

Today, Karina and I had the privilege of being commissioned into service and prayed for at Karina's parents church, Departure Bay Baptist. We had two wonderful people pray for us and are honored to know that this church and others are here back at home upholding us in prayer. It will be almost 3 years before we get to see these friends again and although we are excited to go and ready for this next step, we are sad to be saying goodbye to everyone we know.

I just can't say thank you enough, to everyone who is continuing to pray for us during this time. You all are a part of this ministry and without you all, we wouldn't be able to go and do what God has called us to do.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time is Coming Close

On Saturday, we boarded the BC Ferries for our last trip to the Island before our journey abroad begins. As much as we tend to complain about the ferry ride over (the line-ups, the cost...) I don't doubt we will miss it! As Rob and I were driving toward the ferry terminal on Saturday morning, we couldn't help marvel at the snow topped mountains we saw in the distance, and then the beautiful ocean scene as we approached the bay. God's beauty will greet us in Quebec City and Madagascar, but I think we have taken for granted the landscape surrounding us all of these years in beautiful British Columbia! I am happy we get to come back to such beauty.

Yesterday, we attended my younger brother's convocation. He just graduated with a Natural Resources Protection Degree at the Island University. I am so proud of him and excited to see him already working and gaining experience in a field he loves. This is a person who also appreciates the creation around him--spending many hours climbing mountains, and trekking through forested trails. Attending this special milestone, however, reminds me how many special events we may miss while we are in Africa--weddings, baby births, etc.