(Just imagine Johnny Cash cruning this softly)...
Since we returned from our cultural training/studies in June, we have barely been home more than three or four days in a row. All in all, I think we hit seven states in about two weeks. We are burning up the fundraising trail, having raised about 30% of our monthly budget.
One of the highlights of our time at Pre Field Orientation was watching our kids grow and blossom in to the calling that God has for them individually. Every day Gary talked about his time in the TCK camp (third-culture kids). He still loves to randomly bust out in a rap or cheer he learned about serving God and taking His message and truth where it doesn't exist.
Joelle also loved her time in TCK camp. She grew increasingly more independent and showed us how great of an adventure awaits us all. And to think, almost two years ago, doctors never expected her to be able to achieve any milestones, much less live overseas (more on that miraculous story in a few weeks).
Another great highlight of our travels mixed a little bit of business with pleasure. In late July, we drove to Annapolis, MD for Mel's uncle's wedding. While there, we were blessed to see most of Mel's extended family and share our heart and vision for Southern Asia. In the midst of the whirlwind of wedding festivities, the kids experienced yet another first: their first boat ride! Thanks to Mel's generous uncle, the whole family was able to take a two hour sailboat ride on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.
So far, the summer has found us speaking in four different districts, raising awareness about our assignment and the need for us to get there as quickly as possible. In one month alone, our green machine of an SUV took us more than 2,800 miles to share our burden for Southern Asia. While away from home for much of their summer, the kids have found creative ways to entertain themselves and enjoy the journey.
In the midst of the busiest season of our lives, there are two overarching sentiments that even the kids are feeling:
More to come on that loaded question...