Thank you, God! It has been 3 months since I've been able to write, "Greetings from Taiwan." After 3,500 miles on a bike, 14 states, nearly 90 days and 12,000 miles in the air -- it is so good to be home! Luey, Andy and I arrived back in Taichung last night, a little before midnight, after nearly 30 hours of travel time.
How do I feel? I am overwhelmed by a feeling of gratitude! The Lord has been so good to me, and through Gloritrek, has displayed both His power and his grace. The Lord delivered us safely -- through the deserts, the mountains, the plains and then more mountains. He opened doors and opened hearts to the message of Gloritrek! How thankful we are to all those who blessed us from coast-to-coast! We were overwhelmed, truly, overwhelmed by the love of God's people! Oh, how I pray that the Lord will use Gloritrek to advance the Kingdom among those who have never had opportunity to hear the name of Jesus!
I am grateful to return to the wife of my youth! Brenda and I celebrated our 26th anniversary this past week - apart! She wrote me a note recently, and said, "It will be so good to have you home soon. I am tired of missing you!" Truly, the hardest part of Gloritrek was being apart for so long! So, thank you, Lord, for a wife that has patiently and prayerfully been waiting for me to return.
I'm thankful for my kids. Em did such a great job coordinating Gloritrek -- we'd have been lost without her (and, that is not a metaphorical "lost")! Tab called tonight to tell us she was at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs and Reds play! Hopefully, the Reds win! Tab begins her second year of Law School in a week, or so, after a very successful internship in Houston. And, my buddy, Noah; will be going to a knee specialist in the next week. We are praying that Noah's left knee will heal completely, and he'll be able to play sports again soon -- at least as he starts high school. (The imagine in my bike mirror of Noah attempting to climb that category 1 mountain between Payson and Show Low, AZ; with only his right leg clipped into the pedal, is permanently etched in my memory!) Even if he wasn't my boy, I'd still have to love him!
I'm thankful to be back in Taiwan! How we love this people group! How we long for Taiwan to know Jesus! How thankful we are to be a part of the Come Christian Church, and to have wonderful Team Expansion co-workers here in Taichung! May the Lord work in mighty ways to advance the Kingdom here!
And, as most of you know, we are now at T minus 337 days, and counting; until we release the Come Christian Church to continue moving forward without FT missionary presence! Lord willing, on July 20, 2014; we will say our farewells to Taichung! Where will we go? What will we do? Only the Lord knows!
However, until that day comes, we have much to do; and we are grateful for YOUR partnership in this ministry with us! Lord willing, there will be a "Taste of Taiwan" newsletter out soon. We covet your prayers, and are so grateful for them! How we have seen the power of prayer this summer! Now, may we see it this fall!
Thank you for your partnership with us! May the Lord bless you, and use you mightily to build His kingdom where you are!