Wow. It hardly seems like three weeks have passed since we left the International Learning Center. As I have written before, we finished our training on 2 April and left our previous home to travel around and visit friends, family, and places. Since then, internet access has been spotty, but I managed to blog a few times since then. This post is an account of what our week looked like two weeks ago. So much has happened, I don’t really know where to start. What follows is more of a brain dump than a “real” post, but I hope it helps clue you in to what has been going on in our lives.
Lydia turned one at the start of training. In the middle of training, she also decided to give up her bottle all on her own.
We blew way by the 1000 post mark on maxsons.org!
I needed new glasses so we spent some time picking them out. It turns out they were wrong so I had to send them back.
We were invited to visit the WVCSB Evangelism Conference in Cross Lanes. We don’t have any pictures, but we had a wonderful opportunity to meet different people in the state. Before this, I knew the people I knew, but not many others. Being from the great state of WV, we had a wonderful opportunity to meet people.
We met even more people when we went to Faith Baptist Church in West Union, WV. We went there one Sunday just because it was the closest Southern Baptist Church to Berea, WV where my grandpa lives. Not only did we get to meet even more wonderful people and share about our travels overseas, but we made many friends while we here too.
We found out that God provided a place for us to live. We don’t know the address yet, but we’ll let you know when we know.
We purchased a cell phone that will function as a VoIP phone overseas in addition to simply being a cell phone. I won’t bore you with all of the technical details, but what this means is that you can call a US phone number (773-801-5334) and ring my cell phone overseas without paying for an international phone call. We can also call the US without paying for an international call thanks to technology. God is shrinking the world all the time and removing barriers so more and more people are without an excuse to say No to Him.
We were able to visit the Creation Museum. We had been wanting to do this since it opened and had the opportunity while we were in Cincinnati. This is an awesome exhibit put together by Answers in Genesis to not only reveal the real history of the Earth and Universe but to share the Good News that Jesus came to save men and restore their relationship with God.
We were able to hook up with some old friends while we were in Cincinnati too. We had a great visit with my college roommate and his wife. We hadn’t seen them since we both moved from Columbus almost three years ago.
We spent tons of time traveling around to visit family. This was the hardest part of the entire time. We saw people we weren’t going to see again for two years and had to say goodbye. That was rough.
We played phone tag with another old friend of mine in Huntersville, WV. The church (FBC Huntersville) agreed to pray with us as we are going. We wanted to get to see them, but it didn’t work out. 🙁
In all of this, we had a great time. It was awesome to see how God worked things out and gave us the opportunity to do many exciting things. We also didn’t get to do lots of things we wanted to do.
We leave the US on 27 April. Please pray for us as we go. We are excited and terrified at the same time. We don’t know what to expect; however, God knows what lays in store for us. He has ordered everything as He has been present many times over.