The Countdown Has Begun!!!

The countdown has begun!!!

In less than a month we will be on a plane heading back to America for a month. This trip will allow us to see our family for the first time in over a year! November marks the one year date, that’s over 365 days, of being outside of the States consecutively. From this point on we can actually call ourselves expats, and Louis can only be back in the States for 35 days each year. It has been crazy trying to plan for this trip, the surgery, Christmas, new taxes, while still keeping our head in the game here. We are in the middle of hosting 4 different vision trips this month!

Working Hard as a Stay at Home Mom / Husband’s Personal Assistant

As I have learned new and better ways to be a true support to Louis, I have been getting more involved in the administrative and human resources side of the job here. We have intern follow up that is turning into new staff hires! We have so many ongoing communications with people who had a vision trip and want to stay involved and send teams. We have teams coming. Just when I think we will have a break to catch up on communications, I get a flurry of activity in cyberspace, at the guest houses we manage, or in our own utilities (rather, the lack of utilities).

Kyrie’s Surgery

We posted our dates for each Tucson and Mesa on Kyrie’s surgery fundraising page, and I pray and hope that you all will head on over to that page so you can help give toward her surgery or toward keeping us fed in America. Of course our families will be feeding us, too, but we are planning on not going out on our own budget except for one or two dates. We are hoping to save the money, and giving toward meals, or making a freezer meal for us and our families would be a great help. We are about 50% done with raising and saving the money for Kyrie’s surgery. We have to pay out of pocket anything not donated by her surgery date, December 28th. Please continue to share on facebook and other social media sites, tell people, share with your church, any way you can help us out, please do.

Just Start

They say if you have writer’s block, just start writing. That’s what I hope to do with this short blog post. After 3 months of no posts on our blog, I feel a sort of writer’s block. I want to tell you that we are going to start posting more often, but Louis has been working so hard, and the time he used to have at the office to write the blog posts about the ministry portion has been taken up by so many visitors. Please pray for a new habit to be formed so we can keep communication with you stronger. With this post, I hope that I can remind you all we do exist. We are working hard to bring people to Christ, disciple the nations, raise our children to love Jesus Christ, and help Westerners learn how to engage with people all over the world. This post isn’t perfect, it wasn’t edited, and I didn’t get the chance to upload pictures, but I wanted to just start the blog again. Thank you to everyone who emails us after a long pause to check on us. Thank you to everyone continuing to pray without ceasing regardless of whether we send an update. Thank you for your love and grace as we do this missionary parenting thing for the very first time. You are all amazing, and we want to reconnect with every one of you, so feel free to reply.

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5 thoughts on “The Countdown Has Begun!!!

  1. Hey you guys. You get my prayers all the way from Finland!!! I ask for prayers also because im having troubles with church issues my self. But for once im Letting Go and Letting God!!! Love you guys miss you guys
    Carol Toll

  2. You’re doing great Annie! We know you start and end the day with the Lord, and that he is ever present in your heart and soul. We love you all soooo much. See you soon. Poppy-Cade

  3. Annie,
    I don’t know how you do it….such a change in your lives and still I hear a smile in your voice as you blog. You and Louis have come a long way and have alot of people lifting you all up in prayer in America. I pray harvest in all your endeavors as you be the hands and feet of Jesus!

    Lifting you to the Father,

  4. Ray and I are looking forward to seeing you, Louis, David and Kyrie again. Our prayers continue as the Lord provides you new insights as you continue your mission. See you soon our dear friends. Love, Mary and Ray

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