In February, 2016, the DRC released the first of what was to be several small lists of families being given permission to bring their children home. We were so thankful to be on that first list, although it seemed our case was still not moving forward well. So, we decided to travel to Kinshasa, and do everything we could in person. We ended up staying a bit longer than anticipated, and missed Easter at home, but in the end – it was so worth it. Two and a half weeks after arriving, we came home to unite our family – finally and wholly together.
Thank you, Jesus.
Our prayers continue for the many, many families still waiting to bring their children home from the DRC. Some progress has been made, but it continues that children who already have families and homes are not being allowed to travel to join them. We pray that VERY SOON, all of these children will be forever united with their families.
We also pray for the DRC, and for all that God is up to in their midst. Political transitions, empowering the people, and inspiring new creation paths for the future Congolese – God is doing a new thing…
Ps. Posting this early here, so you don’t get bored of my writing and miss it. My wife got me an incredible new microphone (Blue – Snowball) for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to try it. So I whipped up a quick spoken word yesterday and put it online so others could hear it. Check it out if you’re brave, and share it with others if you like it!
I suppose it’s about time for an update. We continue to wait, and pray desperately for a miracle to help bring our daughter home from the DRC. No incredibly miraculous updates there, other than the blessing of knowing she has just celebrated Christmas in a home with a family for the first time in her life. The pictures of her beautiful smile, and stories of her visiting sick children in the hospital to help them smile warm this fathers heart.
It’s also worth noting, I’ve completed my first year of Seminary!!! Whoo hooo!! I’m 1/3 of the way toward my MDIV degree at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. What is an MDIV? (I get asked this often.) My response is usually, “I want to be a better pastor. To improve how I serve God, my family, my community, and my church. The classes for this MDIV are basically examining the various facets involved in pursuit of such a goal. So far I’ve also realized I’m not a horrible student anymore. Somewhere along the way, my nerd genes were activated, and like a mutant whose powers have only just begun to show – I’m more than a little excited. Not because it helps me get A’s, (though those are each worth free tokens at Chuck E. Cheese), but because it’s legitimately improving the wealth of wisdom, understanding, and academia I draw from in the moment to moment serving who I serve where I serve. I’m loving it.
Looking forward to the year ahead. Throughout my spiritual formation course lately, I’m reminded of my extroversion, and desire to craft words together in a way that connects with others. So be watching out for plenty more posts, and spoken words in the months to come. Thanks for reading!
What is something you’re looking forward to/hoping for 2016?