You have a new brother in Christ! Morgan, Merle's nephew, came to stay with us for 10 days, and Merle had the privilege to teach and baptize him! We also celebrated his first time to partake in the Lord's Supper. We had many conversations about Jesus and the truth from the Word. It may have been the first time he had been in a church when he came (twice) to First Baptist Church Jonesboro. Hannah was also visiting that week and Lydia came home for the weekend to celebrate a friend's Birthday, so the whole family was together! I love having my kids at home.
We had our friends and co-missionaries who have served in Bosnia to catch up and share a meal together, some from our original team! Liz was visiting from Texas, which was the impetus to have a small get-together. Max, her godly husband, passed away at 93 in May, so she traveled alone. We miss him. There were many others who would have loved to join us from all over the States. Maybe we should have a Bosnian Reunion when the COVID limitations are past history.
Liz and I shared more details of our current lives, as we drove to the Biblical History Center in Lagrange. It was full of educational information and I recommend it, especially for children. The Bible will come alive for them. They even have hands-on archeological-type digs to see how to uncover ancient cities. A day it is not raining is preferred, but it was still good. Our guide was a retired Military Chaplain, well-versed in the scriptures and historical information.
Lydia had two milestones this month - her "Coating Ceremony" as she begins her Clinical experience in Fetterman School of Nursing at Toccoa Falls College, and her 21st Birthday. Congratulations, Lydia, we are so proud of your accomplishments and we love you! Lydia did test positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago, and quarantined while at college. It was great to have her back at home after her headaches and fever, and "zooming" into her classes for two weeks. Her semester is shortened so when she comes back for Thanksgiving, she will be done for the fall semester, and home for December. She continues at the beginning of January with a two-week intensive and then the spring semester. Her nursing program will continue through the summer and the next school year. If God allows, she anticipates graduating in May of 2022.
Delores is doing well physically, but has dementia, though we are very grateful that she seems to know who we are, and is happy to see us.
My sweeties - We are praising God for their health and adjustment to life in America. Luke was on another adventure in Texas, and now Oklahoma. He is staying with a friend and working at Panera. We plan to be heading out of the country in January after Lydia heads back to college, unless we are further limited by COVID. We will need a renter or couple for our fully furnished home. Know anyone very responsible? If God leads you, we will also need funds for airfare to return to our overseas mission field.
Be faithful. Be godly. Follow Jesus. (No matter who will be the President for the next 4 years.)
"It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding." Daniel 2:21