END AND BEGINNING

Many of you have heard about our move from West Africa to Western Iowa.  We felt God’s leading to move out of our missionary work in Ghana and into parish ministry in rural western Iowa.  We have posted our last LBT prayer letter here.

Even though we are no longer serving as missionaries overseas in a foreign country, we are now serving in this “exotic” part of the world where there are rolling hills with lots of trees which are sure to provide spectacular views in the fall.

Aside from the bitter cold weather that welcomed us after we moved to Iowa, the kindness and encouragement of these warm-hearted souls has helped us as we got moved into the parsonage and continue the transition process.

Our current contact information is on our prayer letter.  Even though we are no longer be serving with LBT, we will continue to randomly post on our blog.  Please let us hear from you.  We would love to keep in touch.

 

Happy New Church Year!

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It’s been a week and a half as of 27 Nov. since we moved to western Iowa.  Boxes scattered around still hold all our stuff.  Moving is a slow process.

Today is the first Sunday in the New Church Year and I preached and led worship. I was nervous, but every time I forgot what to do next, I asked the congregation what was the next part showing on the screen and they kindly read it to me.  Okay, that only happened once.

A day or two after we arrived, we were invited out to supper with some of the church members.  We were given this great and practical gift:

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Tied to the handle were gloves for me and Christina along with a fuzzy little snowman reminding us what is to come.

To get into the spirit, we went Black Friday shopping and bought two practical gifts for ourselves.  Here is one of them:

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Church members have been very kind and welcoming and we’ll be settled in in no time.

 

From Flag to Flag

For the past several years, we lived with Ghana’s flag:

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And now after two days of sporadic sleep in narrow airplane seats, shuffling through various immigration and customs lines, and sore muscles from moving six pieces of luggage, we will now live with this flag:

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We praise and thank God for a safe arrival, even though our bodies will need more time to get over jet lag.  Also, we praise and thank God that all of our luggage has arrived!

It will take us some time to get reoriented to life in our passport country, but one thing that has at least made our first full day in the States enjoyable is my aunt making chocolate chip cookies.

Please stay tuned for more information on our transition and our new ministry in Western Iowa.