The past thirty days have been pretty much a blur as we have returned from overseas and begun this season of itineration, visiting churches this year and sharing about all the great things that God is doing in Madagascar.
We returned near the end of July and jumped immediately into wedding preparations for our son Caleb who married his fiancée, Alyssa Smith, in a beautiful ceremony on August 9th in Lolo, MT. The two of them met through the Chi Alpha student ministry at the University of Montana. Alyssa is a wonderful young lady and we are so happy to have a daughter–in-law in the family.
During those first two weeks in the States, we were also able to find a great vehicle to drive this year, a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van that is big enough to carry all of our stuff as we travel the country, but also dependable enough to handle the roads.
The Lord also faithfully provided a great house for us to live in for the first three weeks of our return to America. We were able to house sit for some friends who were out of town and offered to let us stay there for free. The house was plenty big enough for us and for my parents when they flew out for the wedding. God is so good. God has also provided another house for us in Missoula from November through March that will allow us to be near the newlyweds while we tour the central and western parts of Montana later this year.
This month our daughter, Becca, has also begun a new stage in her life as a college student. A week after the wedding, we loaded up the mini-van and headed out from Montana to Springfield, MO to get Becca set up at Evangel University. It was nice for us to be able to travel with her and stay down in the area for a few days as she moved in and got adjusted to life in college on her own.
On August 27th, we left Springfield and headed out to visit several churches in Arkansas and Alabama. Being in the south at the moment has allowed us to drive down to spend three or four days with Nate’s parents who live in Venice, Florida. We are so thankful to spend whatever opportunity possible with family as we crisscross the country this year. In the September we will have several weeks of services in the Houston, TX area before we begin our trek back to Montana, where we will devote most of the month of October to visiting many of our south eastern Montana churches.
It has been quite a whirlwind of activity these past 30 days and we have already traveled over 3500 miles with many more to come. Please continue to pray for us that God would grant us favor as we share with churches and pastors about the work in Madagascar and that many new churches and individuals would feel lead to partner with us on a monthly basis to send us back to Madagascar to continue our work there. Thanks to all of you for your faithful prayers and support,