Our dear friends and family - how many of you remember at the end of March when I sent out these words, "Man, we can't wait till all this is behind us leaving only a testimony of God's great faithfulness and the amazing stories of love and kindness that carried us!"? It is hard to wrap my mind around all that has happened since that day that seems a lifetime ago!
But here we are with miracle after miracle behind us - and we are so ready to celebrate; to give a whole lot of thanksgiving and rehearse our strong confidence in the goodness that yet lies ahead! As you know, Samuel & Karen fly home about 48 hours from now. (I'll throw in here a request to keep them in your prayers - this is a huge transition! Samuel's red blood cell count was pretty low today and he received a transfusion which has helped. They are both digging deep for endurance to finish strong....for this leg of the journey.) We are counting on you to pray them home with the same peace and joy that has carried them through these130 days that Samuel has been away from home. And thank you in advance!
But the real news here is that we are having a party!
If you live in the MatSu Valley or the surrounding area and are able to attend, we would be so delighted to share a time of celebration with you. Jonathan & I will be playing party host and our home church, Pioneer Christian Fellowship, has graciously offered the use of the church building. It will be held on Saturday, August 25th starting at 1:00 PM - we are planning to share an open house/reception style taco bar and spend some time reconnecting and sharing those amazing stories and testimonies. We'd really like to set aside some time for a barn-burner worship because really our heartfelt thanks belongs to God. Samuel is part of the worship team in his church family at King's Chapel and that has been a refuge and such a huge part of the joy and strength that has sustained him. We don't have a lot of other specific plans nailed down as the Wengers are not home yet and will need a little recovery time too. But we don't want anyone who can be a part to overschedule and miss out. So, save the date for an afternoon of fun and thanksgiving! If you think you can attend or have any communications to make about this event, email [email protected].
Hope to see you there!