Around the World and Back Again

We made it!  Around the world and back again. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to Tokyo to Atlanta to Savannah to Raleigh. Four kids, four flights, 15 check in bags, 6 carry on bags, 11,000 miles and 21+ hours in the air.  It is good to be “home”. But to be honest, after 7 years abroad in New Zealand and Malaysia we’re not sure where is “home”.

Let me start by apologizing for the lack of communication the last 2 months.  This has been an incredibly busy time for Cindy and I and our family. Making the move back from Malaysia involved so much faith, physical strength and was emotionally draining.

The last few weeks we were consumed with raising funds for the move, self packing our home in Penang, loading a shipping container bound for Seattle, saying our goodbyes to our “spiritual family in Malaysia, spending a few final days with Cindy’s family in Kuala Lumpur, making the long flight to the US and “decompressing” with a holiday at my parents in South Carolina. Whew!

Thank you so much for keeping our family in your prayers during this transition.  The move was exhausting, but we felt the grace of God all along the way.  We were especially in awe of how the Lord provided for the cost of the move through the generosity of our partners.  From the bottom of our heart, thank you for standing with us. Cindy and I were owerwhelmed by the love of our partners.

To the very end, we saw the Lord moving powerfully in Malaysia.  The week of our departure, six young Chinese were baptized and added to the church, several with which Cindy and I had been doing Bible studies.  The baton has been passed to them now, and we trust the Lord that Eagle Point will continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.

And on our final weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Cindy and I led a workshop to 50+ attendees called “Parenting with Purpose”, which helps teach Biblical principles of parenting.  The following day, we heard amazing stories of reconciliation between a couple whose marriage was “on the brink” and a mother and her “deeply wounded” children. Praise the Lord!

But we are back in NC now and entering a new chapter of our lives.  After 6 years of home schooling, the children have settled into an amazing elementary school and love it.  This week, we move into a beautifully furnished townhome in Cary, NC.  The students have just returned to UNC, Duke and NC State and international student outreaches have been planned for the year.  And we are preparing of a season of support development before our eventual move to Seattle in June 2012.

Thanks for so much for faithfully continuing your partnership with Cindy and I and Every Nation.  Because you sent us to the mission field in NZ and Malaysia, hundreds of lives were eternally changed.  And we now return as missionaries to the United States, to continue planting churches and campus ministries reaching the next generation.

We look forward to seeing you personally this fall, as we hope to spend time visiting our partners as a family.  Until then many blessings to you and your family. Thank you again!

 

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