Slower summer… changes coming.
In our June Update we shared that we feel like we need to be slowing down. We had a very busy spring with a good number of debriefs, extra trips to Atlanta to help with siblings and a trip to Portugal for Linn. The last week of June we had a family vacation together on the coast of NC which was a first for our family and a lot of fun. July brought a wedding in Charlotte and visits with a number of long-term friends and supporters there, and in August we traveled to Maryland to attend John’s 50th high school class reunion. While there we also visited several other friends and supporters and were able to report on our ministry in a supporting church there… so we have not slowed down much!
But during the next several months we have no specific plans for doing any debriefs or attending any conferences or anything directly ministry related. Instead we are intentionally cutting back and we are focusing on some changes which will help us to have more time for ministry in the future. In our last update we mentioned that we have gotten rid of the three cars which we used to loan to missionaries. We miss having the cars to loan out but this has relieved a good deal of responsibility and stress, especially for John.
Now we are working on getting rid of more of the administrative/bookkeeping responsibilities by joining a ministry called Paraclete. Paraclete is an organization that comes alongside Christian leaders around the world with counseling and coaching, and our ministry will fit into it nicely. If you’d like to know more about Paraclete go to www.paraclete.net . If you are a financial supporter of MRC you will be receiving more specific information in the near future about how this will work but we think Paraclete will be ready to receive MRC’s contributions at least by the end of October.
Summer Family Fun – This summer we were able to do go swimming (Linn) with the grands a few times and also go on several bike rides, some short, some 6 miles or so, with our grandkids. Linn enjoys a number of activities with them, but bike-riding is John’s favorite means of exercise these days and he enjoys having one or more of the grands along as he rides!!
His sister turned 71 this week and she really loved eating out with us to celebrate. Our family has had some hard times this summer, but we are grateful for the fun times that were sprinkled over these months as well.
We were delighted with an overnight visit from our dear friends Steve and Pat Mosley who are stateside now after 40 years in Portugal.
We so appreciate your prayers as we transition soon to ministering with Paraclete.