I have started to notice the "out of the honeymoon" stage has come into our lives recently. One thing that Nathanael said he really would miss about Belize is the laid back lifestyle. Here we have much to do, and it feels like less time to do it in.
We are working on being as clear as possible with you, so I thought I'd have a question/answer post.
What are we doing?
Nathanael is working for North Penn School District's ESY (Extended School Year) with two students. Spring is working part time for Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News camp, and a homecare agency. The children go to daycamp where Spring works, and are involved in outside activities as well. We are still working on unpacking and organizing.
How long will we be in PA?
That is a good question and if you know the answer please inform us. Really our answer this time is similar to last time. We have to raise all of our funds before returning to Belize. The earliest we could leave PA is January 2017. Fundraising could take longer than we expect and we might not leave till June 2017 or June 2018.
Are you on furlough?
The short answer to this one is no. Since we were mission interns through Eastern Mennonite Missions, our term ended with us returning June 21st. Nathanael started his job here June 22. We have committed to another term with EMM but right now we are working, fundraising, homeschooling, and planning for our next term.
Where are you living?
We have the huge blessing of living with my parents. My children were able to return to the same house they left in August 2015. We are grateful for the adjustments my family has been willing to make to allow us to stay here. We still own our house in Lansdale, and that is rented.
What are your next steps?
We had a MST meeting this past week. Some people are changing their positions, or have had to leave the MST because of other commitments. We are praying about people to join in the vision with us. The main goal is for the MST to come alongside us in our efforts to fund-raise
Most obviously our next step is fundraising. We are working at filling our August and September schedules. We are looking for opportunities for ways to share the vision God has given us.
If you have a unique way for us to share (meet with your friends for dinner, speaking at MOPS) we would love to have a conversation with you. If you have a passion for missions and want to be involved in our MST, please feel free to contact us. Having a MST is an important part of what allows us to minister. It is a way to be involved in missions right in your backyard.
Pictures are from our time at Global Fair. We didn't have a table this year since we just arrived in PA 2 weeks prior to Global fair. We did enjoy seeing old friends, good food and getting re-connected.