headed west

Today we leave Kiev for a 2 1/2 month summer furlough in the U.S.  The majority of our time will be in Texas, where we’ll be reconnecting with family, as well as visiting supporting churches and families.

It’s been a busy several weeks here before we leave, but it has been so evident that the Lord is present and working in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  Although we so want to see our family and just visit with our friends in the U.S., I have to admit that it is hard to leave.

Perhaps it’s hard because there seems to be so much change in the air, at least in our circles.  Perhaps because there’s just a lot happening in Ukraine right now, and in Kiev in particular.  And there’s always a little, nagging thought that, in leaving even for an expectedly short time, that something will come to pass that will make it a leaving for a long time, or even permanently.

How thankful I am that we don’t have to live in fear, though.  Whatever plans the Lord has for us, they are for his glory and for our good.  This much we know, and have seen to be true over and over and over again.

So as we head out, it’s in hope and anticipation and peace.  Thank you, Lord!

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