Just a brief update. We had a great 12 hour flight over the ocean and arrived here in Taiwan just after 5:00am. We are recharging our batteries (on the social media gear) and preparing to board again in about 2 hours 30 minutes for Manila. Thank you for your prayers. The worst part of the trip so far has been from Boise to Seattle, where we had to navigate around and through several bumpy clouds. One particular turbulent bump was sufficient enough to harass me by knocking my earphones out of my ears while listening to Josh Groban. Now as a veteran flyer…that got my attention just a bit. I felt sorry for those passengers who weren’t as comfortable in rough air. We will keep you appraised.
Such a mix of emotions today as the day that was “months away,” has arrived faster than we could ever have imagined. This morning we finished packing up our final hand carries and action packers, and then started that difficult task of saying good by. I can’t even begin to express the gratefulness we felt as family just kept arriving at the airport to see us off. How blessed to look around the circle as we held hands and prayed for safety, not just for us, but for the many lives and families represented by those around the circle. While we thank God for the tremendously strong family that we have, it also makes days such as this, that much more difficult – we don’t want to leave them behind.
Here are some of the quick highlights of the day.
– We arrived at the airport with our 9 action packers that weighed in at 50 pounds each. The staff at Alaska Air were fantastic. Initially they thought that we would only be allowed one bag, with charges of $400.00 for each additional. This would definitely have been “game stopper.” After a bit of negotiation and review of policies between the partnering airlines, it was determined that we would only end up paying for three additional pieces of luggage. Only $345.00 total! This was a real praise.
– Once at the airport several of our family members arrived for a send off.
– Just as our flight was preparing to board, a large thunderstorm descended on the Boise Airport with intense lightning and heavy rain. We weren’t too concerned about the resulting flight delay as we have a 4 hour layover in Seattle before the next leg of our trip to Taiwan.
– In flight Update – as I write this post, the lights of Seattle are appearing on the horizon. Looks like we will be safely finishing this first leg of the trip very shortly.
The Asia Pacific Team is building the booth at General Assembly with the help from some great friends! Today while Todd and Connie Lou were in the daylong Missionary Deputation Meeting, Courtney went to the Convention Center and helped with the building of the booth! She took the big camera to take pictures of the construction from the beginning. The whole family will be there tomorrow finishing up building the booth and adding the final touches!
Courtney spoke to the Orleans, Indiana church about what it was like from her perspective as a missionary kid being evacuated from the middle of a war. She brought a different perspective and gave a sweet tribute to her father for Father’s Day about having a Dad who supported his family even through an evacuation sending his family to another country and what that meant to her.
The NMI President took us to lunch at Spring Mill Park. And we took some time after lunch in celebration of Father’s Day and Todd’s Birthday to walk around and take a boat tour of a cave, before driving up to Indianapolis to prep for the Missionary Deputation Meeting all day Monday and prepping for General Assembly.
The Park was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed the time we spent there as a family looking at the amazing creation God made! Caves are so interesting and different!
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Awoke this morning to a rain-washed countryside. The storm has passed and we are on our way again with 480 miles left to go. Lord willing, this will be our shortest day. God gave me a special gift of a beautiful greenbelt to run along for my early morning job. Had no idea I would get this blessing to start my day!
We arrived in Clive, Iowa (just outside of Des Moines) this evening at around 8:30 pm. For the final two hours of today’s travel, we watched the storms building all around us. The winds picked up and by the time we arrived in Clive, the National Weather Service was issuing severe thunderstorm alerts. Winds have already reached 40-45 mph. The internet for the hotel was knocked out, along with TV service, but thankfully we still have cell and my VHF Handheld Radio, so we can continue to get the Weather Service Alerts. We pulled up a radar image of the area and found that we were right in the “red zone.” Five tornadoes touched down in central Iowa on Wednesday. Courtney is having a great time with mom and dad…”This is so cool…but I’m a bit scared too.”
We are east bound…..we’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there……
God has blessed our travels so far with good weather, a strong tail wind, which means excellent gas mileage, and safety as we passed a terrible accident with a semi trailer on fire and the tractor broken in half. Praise God it appeared that no one was hurt.
Warning for any of you driving back to General Assembly, I-80 has continual construction, with speed limits dropped in some areas to 45mph!
Courtney is with us on this trip and that has made it extra fun!
We have had a very full weekend! As you know, we have been working on packing up our house and on Friday and Saturday we had a huge moving sale where we sold the majority of our belongings. Yes, it was hard on me, but God took care of me and I felt Him close as we were able to bless people with items that they needed and wanted at a very reasonable price. We saw God’s hand on more than one occasion over the weekend as we spoke with different ones that stopped by our sale. We were blessed as well as we were showing our neighbor the recliner that we were selling but hadn’t taken out of the house yet. Todd mentioned as we walked through the living room, “where will you do your devotions if your devotion chair is gone?” The neighbor immediately said “I will take the chair –and leave it here until you leave so that she can continue to have her devotions in her familiar setting” A big blessing for me.
I do my devotions when traveling, but that chair is where I have done them for all the years we have been in this house and it is “special” to me. It was my Daddy’s recliner, I slept in it for 6 weeks as a teen when I contracted Pneumonia and couldn’t lay down flat. It has special memories for me. God is good – always watching out for us and providing for us in special ways through His kids! We were also blessed with wonderful friends and neighbors and our family who helped us move things out and in and out and in and cover and uncover as we fought the rain on Friday. But Praise the Lord, Saturday was beautiful and we didn’t have to fight the rain.
Sunday was a full day as well. We spoke at Ustick Church of the Nazarene for Sunday School and then for their Faith Promise service and then we had a nice potluck dinner. We attended Ustick Naz for a few years before going to Africa, and once again felt like home as we visited with our many friends there. Several of our family members came and that was nice to have them there with us. We ran home for a bit and then hit the road and drove to Kimberly Church of the Nazarene.
Todd shared about his Mission Heritage and showed the suitcase he had been given recently that was his grandmother’s with many items from her time as a child in China, and then as a midwife herself in Honduras, and showed the book about her Father Cecil Troxel. He challenged them to see the new and different ways we can witness and share with others using the tools of today to reach the teens of today.
We drove home to a beautiful display of God’s handiwork in the colors of the sky!
To share God’s love through aviation and technology; seeing isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name.