October 24, 2010

A Good Kind of Tired

We have been enjoying travel across the state of SC, catching up with old friends and making new ones. We've had the opportunity to visit lots of churches and share what the Lord is up to in Paraguay. We've also gotten a few unexpected opportunities, such as putting in a plug for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child is a program where folks across the US and Canada pack shoeboxes with small toys, school supplies, socks, gloves, etc., and these boxes are shipped to needy children all over the world. We were privileged to see these boxes in action in Paraguay and mentioned that to the pastor's wife at the Smoaks Church after she announced that their members should begin preparing for stuffing the boxes. Well, we were in Shoney's a few minutes later when we ran into the coordinator of the shoebox project for that region, to whom we were introduced by this same pastor's wife. To make a long story short, we were invited to share our story and pictures with those attending the drop-in the next day, as unofficial representatives of the impact of the shoeboxes. :) What fun!

This weekend, we were invited to speak to a group of kids at a harvest festival in the upstate. These same children had sent Camille and Caroline some handmade cards a few months after we moved to Paraguay, and we were thrilled to thank them for their special kindness. We also got to join in on their hayride, which brought back tons of memories.

Catching up with family and old pals has been incredible. There are lots of folks who have really encouraged and supported us, participated in projects, prayed for us, and just basically been good friends. We've been trying to spend time with any we can, and have been thrilled to visit so many over a meal or in their homes. It's just so exciting to share what's been happening the past two years, and the vision for the next phase of our mission in Paraguay. We are all very tired from the running around (so many people and places, so little time), but it's a good tired. I'm feeling the crunch of how many things are still on the to-do list, and how many people on the wanna-see list. And we are, of course, missing some things and friends in Paraguay. All in all, I guess we're adjusting well and managing just fine, due in no small part to sweet friends and attentive family. Thank God for each of them!

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