Our trips to visit family and friends, Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, Forest Lakes Districts Youth Conference, and our responsibilities with LWBC are now over, and we now switch our focus to moving week. I can hardly believe the week has arrived. I am not trying to wish my life away, but I have to admit that I wish I could skip the next seven days and go right to next Tuesday. Not only would I get to avoid all the heart wrenching good-byes that are in store for us this week, but one week from tomorrow all our earthly possessions will either be in storage, in new homes, in a shipping container bound for the Bahamas (temporarily out of our control anyway), or in a few suitcases/duffle bags ready to be carried on our plane with us to the Bahamas. I am so looking forward to being done with the whole moving process.
The one good thing about this huge, international move is that because we have had to minimalize and get rid of the “junk” before the move, there will be a lot less things to deal with after we reach our destination in comparison to any of our local moves. It is so refreshing and freeing to let go of earthly possessions. Once again I am reminded of the many passages of scripture that teaches about holding lightly onto earthly possessions and things of this world (Luke 12L13-21, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 6:19-21, Hebrews 13:5). Earthly possessions do not bring contentment and satisfaction.
Please keep the prayers coming for us; they are working. I am feeling just enough pressure to keep me motivated to get things done, but not enough pressure to make me feel anxious or sick. THANK you so much everyone for your prayers for us!!!!
A lot has happened these last two weeks. Like always, I have taken plenty of pictures and will let the pictures tell the story. I am also re listing our plans for the next 2 weeks as well as providing a prayer request list.
I will try to post again next week. Have a great week, everyone!
Last 2 weeks in pictures...
Schedule for next 2 weeks…
January 8: Pick-up moving truck, load truck with things being stored in Minnesota
January 9: Tim and Logan to take moving truck to Minnesota, drop off things in Minnesota, return to Westby, load truck with things being shipped to Nassau (and other places south of here)
January 10: leave Westby for Covington, IN by 10am (Garrett will be going with us); send-off party with Mindy’s family that evening
January 11: leave Covington for Corbin, KY
January 12: leave Corbin for Charleston, SC
January 13: attend church with Mindy’s sister and present the ministry to the assembly there
January 14: load shipping container at Charleston Port
January 15: trip to Florence, SC
January 16: Tim, Mindy, Garrett, Logan and Zachary fly out of Charleston for Nassau via Atlanta, GA at about 10am
January 24: Garrett flies from Nassau to Charleston, SC
January 25: Garrett flies to Minnesota from South Carolina
January 27: Garrett returns to La Crosse, WI from Minneapolis via Amtrak
Blessings on the ALC and the work we are called to do there
Boys and their school work
Discernment with packing and logistics of moving (I am working on inventory sheets now. PRAY)
That customs in the US and Bahamas clears everything smoothly (and inexpensively in the Bahamas)
Stamina to do what we need to do
Adjustment to new life, ministry and culture
Wisdom in ministry work
Bahamian people and those we are serving with
Garrett’s need of a job and his return to the states after his visit with us in the Bahamas