Is this a dream? Can we really be here surrounded by the children that bring so much joy to my life? Each day was like finding new treasure being with our island family and thanking God for the beautiful friendships that continue to stir my heart. We wake to the sound of roosters in the distance and catch a glimpse of the sun just beginning to stretch across the sky. Excited to see what God was going to reveal next.
Time…we wasted not even a minute as we shared every meal with different families and carved out one on one conversations that we savored even more than the delicious food. God knew well in advance that this would be a time of rest, encouragement and love and we are so very grateful for our time here in the Bahamas.
A time of rest – The past year has been a bit overwhelming with so many exciting changes; going back to college, becoming a missionary with Wycliffe, training at JAARS, training at Wycliffe, selling our sailboat home, selling our land home and now living completely by faith for EVERYTHING…..so I am thankful for the ocean breezes, some alone time spent with Jesus, the beautiful sanctuary retreat at Philip & Mandy’s, and just the opportunity to relax a little.
A time of encouragement – We were warned during our training that becoming a missionary and bringing Gods word to the bibleless people would make us a target for the enemy. I can tell you first hand that is true…but I have been shielded from so much through your prayers and the out flowing of your encouraging words. Every kind word, email, note, call….was always at the right time and has encouraged us to press on and for that I cannot thank you enough!
A time of love – Coming back to Man O War was something we only dreamed about, but as the plans began taking shape and our excitement grew each step was being ordered before us. As our boat glided across the water on a beautiful sunny day, we arrive at our favorite island to the sweet faces of the children to welcome us home. I could barely hold back tears of joy. Every moment was wrapped in love all the way throughout our stay. On our last night we got to share our hearts and Gods call for us to go to Papua New Guinea. The love that was shown was overwhelming. Many are now taking this journey with us as financial & prayer partners.
Only God could have put us together with the people of the Bahamas and made them partners in bringing His word to the other side of the world! We thank you for your love and the protection of your prayers! Much love & blessings to all!