Our true furlough arrival date had to be kept a secret in order to surprise our pastor and church family at Hillsdale. The entire family was planning on being a part of Pastor and Sheilah Smith’s special event to celebrate their 25 years of service at Hillsdale, but the Lord had other plans. Amy and the kids arrived in Orlando September 30, spent a few days “hiding” while giving them some time to relax and go through reverse culture shock, and then headed over to Tampa.
The anniversary was a sweet time, honoring two of God’s faithful servants who have been godly role models in our lives for many years. We are thankful for their wisdom, counsel, friendship, support, and love.
Facing the Giants
We were all disappointed when James had to postpone his trip by one week in order to resolve some issues back in Argentina. In follow-up to last week’s update on the house situation, the Lord answered your prayers so that there was no more confrontation or harassment before James left. We do not know yet what the neighborhood administration will do regarding the fines they are trying to impose, but we keep praying that they will just drop the issue since the house is done and we are not even there.
The exterior of the house is finished, and the inside is functional for the furlough-replacement missionaries who will stay in it while we’re gone. That was the main objective, and we can now say, “a desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.” James arrived in the States on Wednesday, exhausted from the past few weeks’ activities, but glad to be together with his family again! “No rest for the weary” as they say, since Friday morning we head off to begin a series of five missions conferences! Please pray for continued good health, especially for him, and traveling mercies on the roads.
- 10/10-13 – Faith Baptist, Taylors, SC
- 10/17-20 – Tucson Baptist, Tucson, AZ
- 10/31-11/3 – Hillsdale Baptist, Tampa, FL
- 11/5-7 – Calvary Baptist, Winter Garden, FL
- 11/10-14 – Community Baptist, Bradenton, FL
- 11/21 – Parkdale Baptist, Gastonia, NC
- 11/28 – Fellowship Baptist, Anderson, SC