Since our return from Central Asia... actually before we even left.... we have been dying to get back... in fact it was only a couple days ago that Bekah gave in and unpacked the rest of her bag... I think she has been ready to go at a moments notice.... When you ask them what they wanted for Christmas, they would say... " I want to go home".... and when they were told that was not going to happen they would respond... "Well nothing then" . Feeding into this need to return, we are continually met with emails from our friends telling us how much they miss us and can't wait for us to return.... Then this last week they started pulling out the big guns.... Letters from the kids......
We miss you so much. Please , come back faster. We cannot wait to see you again.....
We miss you and waiting for you when you will come back to Central Asia.We love you we are your friends........
Please you not forget us.......
Last week we received this story from our Friend Ed Dickson... Like he didn't know how we were feeling already......
The fishermen were surrounded by streams and lakes full of
hungry fish. They met regularly to discuss the call to fish, the abundance of
fish, and the thrill of catching fish. They got excited about fishing!Someone
suggested that they needed a philosophy of fishing, so they carefully defined
and redefined fishing, and the purpose of fishing. They developed fishing
strategies and tactics. Then they realized that they had been going at it
backwards. They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fisherman,
and not from the point of view of the fish. How do fish view the world? How does
the fisherman appear to the fish? What do fish eat, and when? These are all good
things to know. So they began research studies, and attended conferences on
fishing. Some traveled to faraway places to study different kinds of fish with
different habits. Some got doctorates in fishology. But no one had yet gone
fishing.So a committee was formed to send out fishermen. As prospective fishing
places outnumbered fishermen, the committee needed to determine priorities. A
priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the
fellowship halls. But still, no one was fishing. A survey was launched to find
out why. Most did not answer the survey, but from those who did, it was
discovered that some felt called to study fish, a few to furnish fishing
equipment, and several to go around encouraging the fishermen. What with
meetings, conferences, and seminars, they just simply didn’t have time to
fish.No, Jake was a newcomer to the Fisherman’s Fellowship. After one stirring
meeting of the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish. At the next
meeting, he told his story and was honored for his catch. He was told that he
had a special “gift of fishing.” He was then scheduled to speak at all the
Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it. With all the speaking invitations and
his election to the board of directors of the Fisherman’s Fellowship, Jake no
longer had time to go fishing. But soon he began to feel restless and empty. He
longed to fell the tug on the line once again. So he canceled the speaking, he
resigned from the board and he said to a friend, “Let’s go fishing.” They did,
just the two of them, and they caught fish.
I had to chuckle a bit, because I can see how easy it is to get distracted, But that's the incredible thing about what PI does... whether we are here or there, we are able to impact the lives of our friends.... So much has been accomplished in the last few months, I never would have dreamed that it would be possible... The iam1ru is up and running, and is having a massive impact on those living on the fringe in Central Asia... Child sponsorships, Seniors, operations, parties, clothes ,school, tutors, Food, and just last night , even the water tower project...... This has almost been overwhelming at this end, you can imagine how our Dream Agents will be feeling... The timing is right for us to go over and help them get all the dreams filled, and to do another needs assessment with each of PI's 22 dream agents on the ground... While I am looking after the Business side of things, The girls will be busy making small group contact with all the kids, and putting together followup photo's and stories for all the sponsors... They have some wild and over the top activities that they have been scheming about for some time... I'm telling you... you are not going to want to stray to far from the blog this spring..... If you would like to help us make this trip a reality, please consider making a donation on the top right side of the blog.
Hey did we tell you that "WE ARE EXCITED"