Well, we are at WGM headquarters in Marion IN. We start our final round of training tomorrow with Orientation Camp. It is good to see some familiar faces and get to know some new ones. We will have a week of training and then head back Friday evening to Goshen. Once home we will begin final preparations for leaving for Kenya. For those that do not know we were officially released to go to the field this past Friday. We have tickets purchased for a flight on August the 19th. We are very excited, but also know this is the start of saying goodbye to family and friends. We are looking forward to saying goodbye well. What I mean by that is we have been taught that saying goodbye and having it hurt means that you have loved well and have been loved well. It is only through the grace of our Lord that we can meet these challenges.
Last evening we were treated to a wonderful goodbye party by our small church class, Running the Race. We were overwhelmed with the support and pouring out of love on us. We will dearly miss our class, but we know that they will be with us in spirit as we go. The party was up at Life Action Ministries in Buchanan, MI. Carrie and Dennis Gaul our good friends are missionaries at Life Action and were able to allow us to use the facility. What a wonderful facility and a wonderful ministry. Our class collected two suitcases full of "comfort foods" for us as we go. Items that we will not be able to get in Kenya. Another special gift was a small box that Margie carried back from Kenya. It was keys to the Baby Centre sent from Staci welcoming us to our new home. It was very special and we are very eager to thank Staci in person.
Continue to pray for the Baby Centre, Staci and her family and the Ngata area that has seen some trouble over the last several months. Things are better now and we pray that they continue to improve.
We are still amazed with the outpouring of support last Sunday and continue to thank God for His provision.
D & D