Sunday, August 24, 2008

One Busy Weekend!

It’s been a busy and wonderful weekend. Our move on Saturday was probably one of our better ones. We were all prepared for it and weren’t running around frantically trying to pack up the last few things. Thus we could concentrate fully on just getting the stuff out of the house and into the truck.

We also tried to make it easier this time by just renting the biggest U-Haul truck we could get (a 26-footer). That way, we’d have lots of room to put stuff in without having to be overly fussy about packing it with maximum efficiency (which takes significantly more time and effort!). And we could do everything in one shot rather than having to make several trips with other people and vehicles involved.

Josh and his friend, Matt, carried most of the heavy items. And it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a girl work as hard and diligently as Josh’s girlfriend, Melissa. Every time I saw her, she was carrying something! Meanwhile, Kathy supervised things in the house, while I mainly packed the truck. Good thing we rented the biggest one. Compared to most people, we don’t have a lot of stuff. But since we didn’t pack everything up to the ceiling, it came right up to the back door!

Our first stop was Orillia, about half an hour up the highway. Our friends, Bob & Eileen graciously agreed to store half our stuff in their basement again. Two other friends, Brian & Jennifer were there to help us unload and bring the stuff down. Good thing because Josh & Matt got lost on the way, or else they were just killing time until Brian and I had unloaded most of the heavy stuff :)

The next stop was Kathy’s dad’s place in Gravenhurst to drop off a few items that belonged to him. Then it was up to my dad’s place in Huntsville to unload the last half for storage in his barn. Our final stop was my mom’s place in town, where she had a nice supper waiting for five very hungry and thirsty people.

The older I get, the more I realize how important a role other people play in our ministry in the larger perspective. We can do our work overseas because other people stay here and have regular jobs that enable them to help support us. We don’t have to worry about owning a house or renting a storage unit when we go overseas because people here offer to store our stuff for us. People think of us as those on the front lines, and in that sense we are. But we could not do what we do if it were not for the people here, our families and friends, who do their part too. We are humbled and thankful for each one and pray for God’s rich blessing on them.

Today we had a great time at Calvary Baptist. Pastor George had a short re-commissioning service for us and I brought the morning message. It was so great to see all the folks there again and have the opportunity to greet and exchange words with many of them.

After church, a couple we know, Jeff & Kathy, took us out for an afternoon on Lake Muskoka on their powerboat. We enjoyed every minute of it, especially since we know we won’t be enjoying anything like that in Burkina!

Well, it’s almost midnight again. I need to get to bed! Goodnight!

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