June 15, 2017
Very busy/no communication
Linn and I were very busy with MRC the first three months of 2017 but then a family situation erupted which occupied nearly all of our time the last 8 weeks. We will explain that later in this Update and we do apologize for not communicating in a while.
Busy: Four debriefings in three months – During the first three months of this year we were the busiest we've ever been in terms of debriefing missionaries. Each debrief takes about 5 days and we debriefed four couples in three months. This is the most we've ever done in that short amount of time. We were busy and it was tiring but we were encouraged that word is getting out that we are here and people are seeing the need for missionaries to be debriefed. And we were again encouraged by the fact that the Lord showed up each time and met His workers.
Since the end of March we have not done any debriefing but June 16-19 we will be in North Georgia for a time of planning and prayer with the other LeRucher-trained debriefers with whom we have so often co-labored. This group has been our trainers and role-models in debriefing and a great encouragement to us individually so we look forward to this time with them. In August and again in October we will return to Georgia to be involved in group debriefings.
*For the Lord’s direction as we plan and pray this coming weekend for future debriefs.
*That the Lord will bring the missionaries who need to be debriefed in August and October and that He will meet each of them in a special way.
Association of member-care people – Last April MRC put on a luncheon and invited people in the area involved in member-care of missionaries. Four couples showed up along with our board and it was a very encouraging time as these folks appreciated hearing about MRC and being with other folks who were involved in the same kind of ministry. Networking is an important key for missionaries in finding the help they need so our goal is to continue to develop this association and we are planning another meeting for sometime this fall.
Ask the Lord to give us wisdom concerning the program, whom to invite and that this association will become a useful tool for member-care people in this area to network with others involved in the same kind of ministry.
Family Crisis – During the last 8 weeks Linn and I have been very preoccupied with a family crisis. Many of you know that we have been helping take care of my (John’s) sister who moved to Raleigh seven years ago. We knew that she was declining and becoming more of a recluse, spent hours each day sitting in front of the television, and in general had a very unhealthy lifestyle. But about eight weeks ago, after we had been out of town for several days, John went by to see her and she was not feeling well and ended up in the emergency room dehydrated, under-nourished with digestive problems, was complaining about her hands hurting, etc. She was in the hospital over five weeks during which time it became apparent that she could not go back and live by yourself, and just over two weeks ago she was moved to a memory care assisted living facility.
This has obviously been a hard time for her, but it has also been a very taxing and stressful time for both Linn and me… first of all coming to the conclusion that she would not be able to go home and take care of herself, hoping at first that we could take care of her but then realizing that would not be impossible either, and then finding a facility for her. She has always been rather private and independent and we thought that she would go kicking and screaming. Moving day was awful! But now she is adjusting amazingly well. She is healthier physically now than she has been in a long time, her short-term memory is so bad that she is even beginning to realize that she cannot live by herself, and she is has started to interact with some of the other residents. We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision of this place and for how well she’s doing. Also, God has certainly sustained us through this very challenging time.
John & Linn