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Update: From the Land of Snow, Ice Cream, Lattes, and More

We are finally emerging from the “Great Holiday Silence” to say, “Hi!”

img_4042We have been back in the States for seven weeks now. We survived the busyness of Christmas as we traveled to and fro between MN and WI. But the “busyness” consisted of seeing family and friends, eating delicious food, sipping lattes, discovering the strange concept of “winter,” playing with new toys and old pianos, loading up on ice cream and Christmas cookies, driving on wonderful roads, and more. So, in other words, we haven’t been roughing it.

Since Christmas, we have spent some time resting and seeing more wonderful people, including a quick trip to see our former director in Zambia and his family, Tim and Andrea Hilty. Our “tour” of visiting supporting churches kicked off last weekend in Janesville, WI, and now this coming weekend will find us in Marshfield, WI. Thanks to my parents for watching Charlie and Sam, so we can actually interact with people at these churches! Apart from the churches, we have been able to speak at a small group from our church in Minneapolis (Bethlehem), and tonight we speak on “ministering among the poor” at a missions fellowship through Bethlehem.

And next week, we head to California to see friends, former teammates, and supporters, who we have not seen for a very long time! It has been so great to connect with so many people in the short time that we have been back.

A couple prayer requests:

-While back, we are trying to raise money to buy a second vehicle. As most missionaries have discovered in Zambia, it’s really hard to live as a family, where roads are rough and transportation is poor, with just one vehicle. The truck we are purchasing is not as expensive as our other vehicle, but we are still hoping to raise about $6,000 for that. Click here to donate and put “truck” in the “Comments About This Donation” box. Thanks!

-Also, God has been so gracious to raise and sustain our monthly support over the last six years of being in Zambia – we praise him for that! But circumstances change for people, and prices change in Zambia, and we are finding ourselves a little short monthly. Would you pray that God would raise that through new ministry partners? Click here to donate.

-Lastly, pray that God would give us all the rest that we need while we are back. Charlie is homesick for Zambia, his dog, his aunties and uncles, and the sun. We want to help our little “third culture kid” to enjoy his time in America well and find joy wherever we are.

Thank you!!! We hope to see many of you in the next couple months before we return to Zambia!

Home Assignment Starts in One Week

Well, we are down to the final seven days before we leave Zambia for our third Home Assignment of our almost six years that we have been back in Zambia. We have been busy trying to get done everything we need to get done before we go. Thankfully, two of the biggest things, like getting our work permits and Zambian Driver’s licenses renewed were able to get done and with over a week to spare!

img_3803Our Christmas Tree this year. Even though it won’t be up very long, we decided to put it up for the boys. They were both thrilled, and Sam is generally pretty thrilled by it each and every morning.

Now, we just need to get our house ready and packed for one of our Zambian colleagues and his family who will be staying here while we are gone, and we ourselves also need to pack for the States. We are trying to dig out all of our winter stuff here to bring back to a Midwest that is getting pretty cold compared to a Lusaka that is in the upper 70’s and rainy. We also look forward forward to this Saturday as we welcome back the Huckabys from their six month home assignment and say goodbye to Tracy and Karen Singleton as they head back to the States after 9 years of ministry with ACTION Zambia working with pastors and leaders.

Every Home Assignment makes me feel extremely blessed. Blessed by Teammates and National Workers here who take up responsibilities as we leave and those right now back in the States who are getting vans ready for us to use, digging out winter clothes from storage lockers, and preparing places in their homes for us to stay in and the list could go on and on. We are so very blessed by everyone on both sides of the Ocean that do so much for our little family to travel back, speak, connect with family, friends and supporters and, hopefully, also get some rest, which we feel like we could really use.

We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we travel back starting next Wednesday at 9:30pm Lusaka time – prayers for safety and also for our kids that they would travel well from Lusaka to Dubai and then on to Chicago.

Thank you so much for your love and support and we look forward to seeing so many of you very soon!!

Sam and Charlie getting ready for America…

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