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|First stop . . . In'n'Out Burger!|
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Well, it was BUSY and REWARDING. We were so thankful to be able to visit friends, new and old, and to be able to take care of a few things for family that were way overdue. There's never enough time to spend the kind of time we would like to, catching up with each of you, but we are thankful for so many of you who opened your homes and kitchens to us as we travelled all the way from Mexico, through Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, up to Washington visiting friends, families and churches sharing the ministry of the last year with so many of you.
You know the commercial where they ask people who've just won a competition, the first thing they want to do, and they say go to "Disneyland" or "Hawaii"? Well, we had a few things on our list of "wants". Upon entering the U.S., our first want is to eat at In-N-Out Burgers. Check. Might sound weird, but Target is another desired stop and strangely therapeutic as you roam the aisles realizing that one store sells 90% of what you "need" at well over half the cost of what you are used to.
All in all, we were beyond grateful for the opportunity to have spent time in the U.S. this past summer. Being out of country gives you a greater appreciation for what we used to take for granted (i.e.: convenience, availability, resources, order, space, etc.). We value time spent with family and friends, as it is a rarity we soaked in every minute. We were overwhelmed by the doors God opened to be able to meet with so many of you. Sometimes spontaneity was the best method for reuniting with friends we haven't seen for decades. New partnerships began with churches and organizations that we would have never dreamed of on our own accord, which brings us back to our common theme of this year, "Just show up!" and God will take care of the rest. We are encouraged, energized, and looking forward with great expectation.