85 days till takeoff….

OCTOBER!!!!!!  What????

When I was a kid I learned the days of the week and the months and the seasons of the year on a wall calendar that I can vividly recall.  I just remember that when we moved to the column that started with OCTOBER – that we were soon sliding into the holidays and into a new year…..   THE CHANGE OF SEASON…..

THIS October came with a breathtaking evening.  Last Monday we gathered with our “CARE TEAM”.  We had invited all from our church to be a part of this team that will commit to support this mission through prayer, logistics, giving and encouragement.  NOT just the part of the team that is traveling to Kenya – but the entire team that will seek GOD in every detail along the way.  These have committed to fervently pray for the mission, the people, the provision, for protection, equipping and anything else God impresses on their heart.

While we are beyond HUMBLED that over 50 people attended and made this commitment, we are moved to see how many that God is inviting to be a part of this work.

We are working on a website now that will serve as our primary communication.  We are continuing to meet on the financial budgeting and will post those specific needs soon.  We have begun collecting for the mission through CC Palm Harbor.  This will switch to Shepherd Staff in late December.  If you feel led to give, please go to CCPalmHarbor.com to give online or drop your offering in the box at church.  Either way be sure to mark it KENYA 2013.

We are currently shopping for our flights.  <<GASP>>  While it is actually cheaper to purchase round trip tickets – we know that in essence – we are booking ONE WAY tickets. Our return date will be pushed out as far as possible so that we can change them to possible use for a trip home the end of the year.  I am still checking on how that works and making sure it wont effect our VISA applications.

We are soaking up as much family time as possible.  We had a great weekend starting with SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST.  I think it may have been the first one in a while that EVERYONE was present!  Then the guys did some work on the dreaded TO DO BEFORE THANKSGIVING list.  Then we all headed out in hopes of catching our grandson’s first baseball game.  Unfortunately it was canceled.  Too bad — Johnny had quite the band of fans lined up.  Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncle, Brothers, Sister, Parents….  yep….  we are serious fans and were armed with signs!

Sunday, after a wonderful time of worship and fellowship, we celebrated Ryan’s 30th Birthday.  YIKES!  And then last night we had a nice dinner with two of our girls.

We are so blessed.  Honestly – God is faithful to HIS Word and to HIS Promise to bless us and do exceedingly abundantly beyond anything we can think or imagine.

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