The challenge with Blogging is to keep things current, without leaving important things out, before what is new becomes old, while keeping the post a reasonable size. The following will attempt to bring us closer to the present without leaving out a very important part of our summer.
After our time on the ship with Jonathan, we visited Anna our youngest daughter in Colorado. She works with horses and has received excellent training in “gentling “ them, mostly. She has learned so much about training horses, giving lessons, and in general has grown up in the two years she has been away from us. Anna has become a faithful member of her local church, Falcon Baptist.
We had the privilege to preach and present our ministry with her church family, and make connections with people there. After a few days and many tears, from dad, we left her and returned to Indiana for the final leg of our time in the US.
Time in Michigan with friends and family, meetings with pastors, and an ice cream social at our home church filled up the last week of our time. Lisa even took the time to put her wedding dress on, and after 27 years, it still fits. Then off to Chicago to catch our flight to Beijing on route to Ulan-Ude. A long wait in the airport was met by a very nice surprise. Our last flight was booked very full. We pensively wondered what the agent who approached us wanted, then he asked if we would mind being moved to first class. We agreed, of course, and enjoyed a few hours of luxury. It was nice, although I would never justify the price if it were not offered.
We had the normal adjustments to make, catching up on bills, reclaiming our dog, and buying food in the first few days. Then the push to get ready for school, we bought a pair of desks and a few things for the classroom.
We arrived back just a few days before the wedding of one of our Russian friends. It was the first weeding we have observed here in Buryatia. One special touch that stood out to Art: The pastor asked both families if they were willing to accept the new addition to their family as one of their own. It seems better than giving a daughter away.
Along the way was one more challenge, paperwork for a new teammate. Bruce Mckay joined our team, and we began the process of documents or as he will call it.: The Amazing Ulan-Ude race. Lisa and Nettie planned the week, and Art navigated the small group to various offices, hospitals, notaries, and of course restaurants to complete the daunting task in just one week. By the grace of God, we made it. The paperwork was completed and turned in just before closing on Friday afternoon.
Transitions are never perfect, but they are what life is made of. We see in these times the growth and progress we have made both individually and as a team. Hopefully this blog has met the challenge to inform without overload. More to come– of course.