Since our departure from the US August 4, 2013, we’ve enjoyed many new experiences, had a host of challenges, endured frustrations, missed our friends and family, and made many new friends. It seems nearly impossible that our time here has come and gone! The past few weeks are filled with “last times.” I find myself thinking things like, “is this the last time I take in the view on Capitan Rumi, the last time I try to find strawberries at the market, the last bike ride through the mountains, last group Bible study, the last time I see these co-workers and patients?”
However, there are also a few things I won’t miss too much, like lugging water from the hospital because we don’t have water at the house, school meetings that last forever (if you think meetings in the US last a long time, try Peru), struggling with the language, and bugs, spiders, and parasites. But overall, Peru has been good to us. Working with those at the hospital, from more than 15 countries from around the world, has been insightful. Working with Christians from different denominations has challenged some of our beliefs, but ultimately strengthened them. The kids have been through tough times at school, both with their school work and being one of the few “gringos.” But overall they have done extremely well and we all have grown a bit closer as a family.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks for the support from each of you! From cards and letters, to prayers, to financial support, packages, visits, and even buying clothes for our kids when we get back. You don’t know what a blessing you have been and our faith has increased as a result of this whole experience. Financially it looks like we will finish our term here with the exact amount needed to cover our last months budget. Praise the Lord and thanks once again!
In John 16:33 it says, “I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In whatever part of the world we live in, there will be troubles. It may be struggles with basic needs (more common in third-world countries) or it may be relationships, finances, or sickness. But we can be encouraged! Our God is bigger than any of those and if we walk with Him, He is able to give us peace and guidance.
Everyone tells us that returning home after time in the mission field is always harder than leaving. Things change, priorities change, and you’ve been separated from the “important” happenings at home for years. Please pray that our transition is smooth and that we continue to rely on God for peace and guidance.
May God bless each of you and I hope you have been blessed by being a part of this ministry.
Nolan, Konika, Benjamin, and Sydney