Lately I have had a few people ask, "Do you miss South Africa?" Of course! I just got done cheering on the South African Gold medalist swimmer Cameron van der Burgh. We miss the people and ministry. I came across a photo of my kitchen on facebook (with other missionaries living there) and was choked up. In my mind I thought, "that is my kitchen".
However, I have seen actual signs that God wants us here in little Palmer, Alaska. I love the friendly but warm town. Often we run into people from the library to the grocery store. My children know that a quick trip for milk is an easy 30 minutes because your bound to connect with others. My heart aches for the pain that is here as well; from a teenaged mom with twins, child abuse, to the death of a little one year old boy to cancer. Being close to people hurts as well.
We still love MISSIONS!
Today, we spent the afternoon with a person that James had the joy of discipling and leading to the Lord. He is a missionary with Cru! We welcomed Mark & Alicia Lovejoy and their three amazing boys. It was also a blessing to see Tyler and Laura Gates who work with TransWorld Radio. They served with us short-term in South Africa. Thank you Lord for the puppeteers that did an excellent job at the Children's Church on "Jonah and the Call". We love our church, our friends, and our Lord.