Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Coming Home

It has been a while since I had last written and I always struggle with what to write when I come back from a lengthy absence.   We are still here, we haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.   I try not to make it a habit of long silences between posts, but life seems to get in the way.  And to be quite honest I don't think our life is that exciting.  Don't get me wrong there are times of great excitement and worthy things to write about, it is just difficult to get it down on the blog.   I know I need to keep you all informed of the ministry that we committed our lives to and I plan to get better at that.  See, now I have you to keep me accountable to that. 

We come back to the States in a couple of weeks and look forward to seeing friends and family.  Right now we are in that chaotic, messy period of trying to pack up our lives to come back home.  It is very stressful at times and we always wonder if we have done enough to prepare to go back home and share what God has done with our lives.  Sometimes it is difficult to really see how God has transformed you until you step out of the situation and can objectively look at what has been going on in your life.  Our family really needs this time away to recharge our batteries. 

Working in the ministries of HIV/AIDS, Human Trafficking and Disabled Children is emotionally and spiritually draining.  We see some of the worst and best of humanity, sometimes it feels like a roller coaster ride of emotions with lots of screaming with our hands in the air and nervous anticipation of going over the edge.

This last year has been an intense year of personal growth for me with lots of pain thrown in.  Sometimes the pain seemed unbearable and I would retreat inside myself and let the negative self talk overwhelm me.  It can be quite humbling to realize just how broken you are.    I have been digging my way out through counseling and have been blessed with an amazing wife. I don't even want to think about where my life would be if God hadn't put Shelly in my life.    I have been equally blessed with close friends that have allowed me to pour my life out to them and have shown me incredible grace.

Like I said we look forward to see many of you and we can't wait to hear about your lives too.  Please keep us in your prayers and we will be praying for you.  Could you all say a special prayer for my friend's Daughter Gaby who is in the hospital on a ventilator.  She is only in her 20's.  The family is really struggling to deal with all this.  Thank you.

God bless you all.

1 comment:

Jeff McDonald said...

Dear friends ... welcome home. I don't know how long you'll be back in the U.S., and whether-or-not you'll be visiting different places and sharing news of your work in Thailand ...

... but ...

If your travels should bring you to Texas, I know there are some of us here, in Midland, who would love to visit with you, and learn more of your work over the over the five years since we met in Chiang Mai.

Your friend is on our prayer list ... and YOU are, too. God bless ...

Midland, Texas