The time has come to buy plane tickets to return to Lebanon. We have many things to look forward to this summer in Lebanon. Louis and I have been working to prepare three groups who will be visiting. Two teams are coming to run VBS style camps for the kids at the center and a Chinese group coming for a vision trip to see how we can begin hosting teams from China. We are very excited to be finding ways for teams to come and serve at the center, and to see the nations coming together to worship Jesus together and to share him with those who will soon be our brothers and sisters.
Also, we have a new staff member coming from America. We are hoping to help him with his transition and feeling at home and welcomed. Finally, a school has been set up at our center while we have been in the States, and we have great anticipation to see what it looks like and how it is going so we can begin involving the visitors we are in charge of in the work there. Overall, there is great momentum at the center and this summer is key in continuing to move forward, so it is essential that we return and jump right in.
“And [the disciples] were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” Mark 10:26-30
A Tough Decision
Louis and I have never been closer or more in love with each other, which is how we are going to be able to live with this next big decision in our family. Kyrie has to have an outpatient surgery, and the soonest we could get a surgical consult is in June. This overlaps with two of the groups coming to Lebanon, so we have decided that we will be splitting up and going back to Lebanon in two groups. Louis and Davy will return to Lebanon the third week of May, and Kyrie and I will follow after the surgery and follow up visits are all completed.
The verses above have been repeatedly coming to us before we knew we would have to make this decision. Jesus has just told the Rich Young Man to sell all his possessions, and his disciples that it is very hard for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven. We have sold everything to go overseas, and we have continued to live under our budget so that we can go. Now we have to make sure that we are not holding our family in the place of God, but that we follow Him even though it means being separate from each other, and this is just as hard, if not harder, than giving up our possessions.
Your prayers, as always, are what we need more than anything. This will be a difficult transition for all of us, and traveling separately will be challenging as well. Please keep us in your prayers over the next few months as we make the needed adjustments.
Many of you have been asking about our packing arrangements as we return to Lebanon. Thanks to the two baby sprinkles we will have a great start on clothing for Kyrie. When Louis went back to Lebanon in December he took several large baby items with him: a high chair and a swing. We are planning on taking a walker with us and her crib this time. We already have a car seat in Lebanon.
Many people have asked what you can give to us that we would actually be able to take back to Lebanon. Here is a list of items that we will be purchasing. And one of the ways that we have found to get “care packages” is to send them with teams and visitors coming from the States. So anything we cannot take right away our parents can send to the teams or visitors we have in the next year and we can get them that way. Shipping to Lebanon is still way too costly to be worth the expense.
- Clothes for Kyrie Sizes 6 month – 6T
- Clothes for Davy Sizes 6-8
- School Supplies (anything you can think of, but if you would like ideas CLICK HERE This is the list of supplies for next year’s curriculum for Davy)
- Books (Louis and Annie will be using Amazon to get Kindle books, but Davy and Kyrie can always benefit from real books)
Thank you all for you love and care for us.