But... that's part of the problem! During our last couple of weeks in town, (and here's where my throat starts to tighten and I'll have to start blinking hard) so, SO many surrounded us and helped us. When we got down to our last hours at our house, we were able to finish everything just on time because of every single person that helped. I wonder how many I can remember that helped in some way or another... There was Paula, Renae, Chris, Brandon, Gerald, Matt, Bruce, Ted, Robert, Rick, Bryan, Monica, Carol, Sadie, Jamie, Melissa, Coleen, Hillary, Brad, Angel, Darrell, Sue, Helen, Harold, Lorraine, Tom, Carmen, Carol, Todd, Sandra, Kirk, Karen, Edd, Brandon, Bill, Sharon, Steve, Steve, Denise, Jenni, Ryan, Dave and Dave... and I KNOW I'm forgetting some more. (And that doesn't even start to count the people that have spoken words of encouragement to us or have been so faithfully praying for us!!!) But do you see my point? Every one of you wrapped your hearts around us in so many ways, that I got used to you being around and now I'm really starting to miss you!
I know I'll be fine and the kids will be fine. Tomorrow we will see some people we know who have traveled even further to come here for training and on Tuesday we will see many more that we already know and love. I can hardly wait. Because I need the Body of Christ. I love the Body of Christ. I will miss my home church while we are gone, but I can't wait to worship with other Believers tomorrow. I know, I know... what am I going to do when we're on another continent??? Well, I know there will probably already at least be some other Believers there as well. But anyway, God knows - and for now, I'm looking forward to connecting with His Body here... even though I'm missing you. : )
Below is the official thank you... (Thank you!)
Dear Family & Friends,
As I write this we are driving through Oregon on our way to Abbotsford. We are amazed, humbled and so grateful for the love and support you all have shown us in the last weeks. The burden of getting everything done so we could leave Fresno was too big for us to bear alone and we knew it. We asked God to help us and He told us nothing was impossible with Him. He literally sent His Body through every one of you that scrubbed our floors, worked in our yard, moved our things, repaired, painted, and fixed our house, babysat our kids and prayed for us (just to name a few of the many ways you helped.) Your words of encouragement and prayers were life to us when we were weary and worn out. We know so clearly that we are not going out as missionaries on our own. We have been sent into this season of training with your support and love and we are so excited to share this journey and call with you. Please continue to pray for us as we have so much to learn. But we know God is with us and for us so we look forward to learning from Him and others who have gone before us. He has promised to provide everything we need and we expect Him to continue to do that in every way. And did you hear? Last Sunday in church we shared that we were still waiting for a last minute miracle – a renter for our condo. Through a series of divinely orchestrated events, we signed a lease with someone about 4 hours before we left Fresno on Wednesday. J How’s that for God’s perfect timing???
We love you all so much.
Lowell, Melissa, Mikaela, Toby and Timothy