May 2014: Preparing to go

In our last two updates, we had big news: in March we purchased our tickets for Cambodia, and in April we welcomed Anna Grace into our family. This update is a less flashy, still-trucking-along sort of letter. Here are a few highlights from the last two months.

After a missions conference in Colorado at the end of April, we drove home and enjoyed time with old and new friends in Kansas, Indiana, and Kentucky. The last three Sundays of March found us in North and South Carolina to present our ministry, then in York, Pennsylvania, for a mission festival at a supporting church.

We returned home about a week before Amy’s C-section was scheduled. The week of the C-section we finished packing boxes and tubs for a 20-foot container being shipped to Cambodia by our colleagues the Hancocks, which was loaded April 9. Then we got ready for the C-section.

We sent 57 boxes and tubs ahead of us to Cambodia! (Obviously one truck-load wasn't enough for everything.) Our EMU colleagues, Matt and Becky Hancock, left for Cambodia last month, and they sent ahead a 20-foot container with their belongings—and ours. The Hancocks' kindness was an immense help to us.

We sent 57 boxes and tubs ahead of us to Cambodia! (Obviously one truck-load wasn’t enough for everything.) Our EMU colleagues, Matt and Becky Hancock, left for Cambodia last month, and they sent ahead a 20-foot container with their belongings—and ours. The Hancocks’ kindness was an immense help to us.

But Amy didn’t have a C-section! In His gracious providence, God worked so that Amy could give birth through labor, even though she’s had two previous C-sections. Amy wrote about this on our family blog: “VBAC – An Unexpected Answer to a Prayer I Refused to Pray.”

In the last month: I prepared for my ordination exam, which I passed on May 1; we’ve revisited two of our church partners in South Carolina; we’ve had time to be at our home church, Hampton Park Baptist; and we’ve continued preparations for the big move.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be traveling through North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to reconnect with four more of our church partners, as well as spend time with Amy’s side of the family. Then we’ll be in the home stretch!

Anna Grace was born April 11, 2014, at 3:39 pm. She was 7 lb. 5 oz., and 21.25 in. long. We chose the name Anna for the prophetess in the Temple who faithfully worshiped God and joyfully blessed our Lord at His presentation. (The pronunciation is AH-nah.) Grace is also Becca's middle name, a reminder that each of our children is a gift from God for our good.

Anna Grace was born April 11, 2014, at 3:39 pm. She was 7 lb. 5 oz., and 21.25 in. long. We chose the name Anna for the prophetess in the Temple who faithfully worshiped God and joyfully blessed our Lord at His presentation. (The pronunciation is AH-nah.) Grace is also Becca’s middle name, a reminder that each of our children is a gift from God for our good.

As always, we thank you for your prayers for us and invite you to join us in praising the Lord for the safe birth of a healthy daughter, a successful ordination examination, and the completion of deputation. We have reached not only the minimum monthly support goal set by EMU, but also their slightly higher recommended amount.

Please pray that God would (1) continue preparing us for our transition to Cambodia; (2) give us safety over the next two weeks of travel; (3) help us to encourage our ministry partners as we visit them; and (4) help us to cast our anxieties on God as we contemplate the many changes and challenges awaiting us.

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