Orientation

Almost a year ago I was tasked with creating a video to be used across AIM to show what the orientation process looks like. Who better to have do that than the video guy whose family was just wrapping up their first term at new missionaries? Anyhow, we recently released this video, and it is now being distributed to all AIM missionary candidates, but we thought we’d share it here as well so you can enjoy what our last 2 years have been...

Farewell, America

Well, it’s nearly midnight, the night before we leave for Africa and we still can’t believe we’re actually doing this. Sitting here at our mission’s headquarters, having said all our goodbyes, signing our paperwork, and reflecting back on the short 6 months it has been since we were first here, considering moving to Africa. Wow… we are utterly blown away by what God has accomplished, what he has helped us accomplish, and that he would call us to serve. Blown away by all our family and friends who answered God’s call and sacrificed a lot for us to be here right now.  Packing to move 6 times in 3 months: We can honestly say right now we will be glad to have this done with. We’ve moved from our townhouse to mission housing, drove a 270 cubic foot shipment to NY that is now on a boat for Africa, moved from the mission housing to our mini-van at the end of May,  re-packed everything  this week into the 14 suitcases which are now in front of me. Our lives are strewn about all over the place, and it will be a couple months before it all comes together again. 2500 miles to say goodbye: The past month has been a blur – we’ve driven across the country to see as many friends and family as we could and had bittersweet goodbyes all the way. We will miss all of you dearly, and will count the days until summer 2009 when we will return to see you all. Thank you so much, to every one of you who have been...

One more hug

We have made an attempt to actually say “goodbye” to everyone in South Riding and Denver and Ohio. That’s as far as we’ve gotten up to this point. But then we keep remembering people we missed, “oh no! We didn’t get to see so and so!” We’ve had special dinners, parties, lunches, etc., trying to get one more last time with each person. People have blessed us so much with amazing notes and gifts – it will definitely help us to feel loved for a long time. I told my small group that I was going to sleep with the scrapbook they gave me under my pillow and call it the “feel good about myself” book. In South Riding, we had been procrastinating our goodbyes as long as we could, so the night before we left, we told people to stop by for one more hug – we ended up having an impromptu Open House (thanks for providing the cookies, Colleen!) that lasted from 6 – 12pm. How cool is that? Man, we love people so much – it was so hard to say “goodbye.” So, it became, “see you soon!” Two years isn’t that long, really! We figure we’ll be back to visit in two summers from now. We know we have the hardest “see you soons” coming up – with our parents and siblings. We’ve begun to realize with each one that we have to recommit this to God again and again. Jesus called for this kind of radical commitment – I had never really understood what He meant before. But, now we’re starting to. Its not...

Packing Up

Andy keeps saying that he believes there is a level of organization needed to pack up and move overseas – and that we are just below that threshold. Hey – we’re artists! What can we say? Anyway, we did it… somehow. We had to sort and resort at least 10 times in the past 2 or 3 months – “storage, yard sale, or Africa? “ was my mantra until the beginning of May. Then it became “ocean shipment or airplane baggage?” Then it became “car or trash?” As we are travelling right now, our van is packed to the ceiling (no Grandma, we can’t see through the rear view mirror! 🙂 and everyone has at least 2 or 3 things on their lap. But, we did it. That’s all we can say. We sold so much stuff, its ridiculous! And we STILL are shipping a small U-Haul’s worth of stuff to Nairobi. How did we ever fit this much stuff in our townhouse? Oh well – it feels good to be down to just the essentials. And the memorabilia. And the toys. And the umpteen pieces of electronic toys (I mean, “equipment”). Thanks to all the people who helped us sort, pack, sell, haul, etc. You know who you are – we couldn’t have done it without...
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