For now! Both of my girls are napping at the moment, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to write another update.
School is in full swing again, we're coming up on our first big exams of the semester this week. I have a written and an oral exam tomorrow (maybe I should be studying instead of doing this!) It's a lot of fun to see our progress and realize that we actually are learning some things and can understand some of the morning services at church. It's a great feeling to be able to listen and respond to people (i.e. have a conversation), and tell them your likes/dislikes and how you feel!
It's hard to believe that February is already here, soon we will be heading back to the US and finishing up the long long list of last minute details and packing before heading to Africa. It seems a little surreal sometimes as I look back over the last 8 years of training and preparation. I think of the hundreds of people involved in getting us to this point, and all I can really say is an inadequate "thank you." I think of the countless folks who are constantly on their knees praying for us--how humbling. I think of all the Bible courses and technical training and now learning French! But we've learned so much more. We've learned that our God is faithful in all things; we've learned the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit; we've learned that being "missionaries" happens not only in Africa, but wherever we find ourselves at the moment. We've experienced the joy of being able to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and the hope that comes from being on the receiving end of such encouragement.
We are hoping to leave for Africa sometime in September of this year. We still need to pack our shipment and I have a class or two that I still need to take for working on airplanes. We also need to finish up our ministry support; it has climbed a little since we've been here in Sherbrooke, but we still need about $500/month. This has to be taken care of before we are released to the field. Please pray with us about these things, and continue to pray for our language learning and the parenting lessons that Kaitlyn gives us on a daily basis!
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."