Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On the road again.

The last few weeks, we have been preparing to go and bring some updates to sponsors. This is always such a blessing for us. Our first stop will be to Saint Andre Quebec. There is an incredible group of friends there that have supported the work in Central Asia since our very first trip. They have provided not just financial and prayer support, but they are always there to encourage us. Almost every project that we have entered into, they have been involved with . It has been a whole year since we have been there for a visit , so we are really looking forward to it. We will then be home for a couple days, then we will be going to a play called " The Russian" It is staring our very own Hannah.. you may remember her from the blog, she has made a couple trips with us. Then the LAMb team will be meeting for the week at Lynn and Ruby's cottage. That will be so nice to have a week with them. The cottage is only about 20 minutes from our house . This will be more then just a visit. We have a lot of work to do with David and Jayne. We have a very exciting project that we are working on with them, and we need to put some final touches on it. .. Then we are off to Espanola.
There are a lot of great things happening in Espanola. Some incredible people , and an incredible church that is always such a blessing to the work that we do. Oh and maybe we will even get a few worms wet. My Brother does not know it yet, but we will likely stop in for a visit there as well on our way home. Then we will be back home again by the 23.
The 23rd is a Missions Fest for central Ontario, and will be about an hour from our house. This will be about the 5th or 6th year that we will be attending.

I think that this is an important event, and I enjoy doing it. It gives us an opportunity to encourage people that are interested in short term trips. They see so many possibilities around them. There is a common misconception that you have to be with a big national church organization, of you need 4 years of bible collage training before you can go on the missions field.. I am sure all would help, but we show them that by connecting with quality organizations and by working with incredible people, that is not necessary. In the photo above, if you look closely, you will see the backs of a family that visited the booth last year, and visited us in Kyrgyzstan in the spring.
Then the next couple weeks is still up in the air... we have a few places that we would like to go. One is to California. We have a lot of supporters in CA. and some little friends from Tokmok there as well.. We are hoping to put a trip that direction together, but just need to get a handle on the finances first. As you know, we did a one year budget one year ago, and we are now down to the last few weeks. All in all, I think we did pretty well, but there are just so many variables to consider, It is looking like we will come in a couple thousand dollars over budget for the year .and our air miles don't register for about 6 weeks after travel, so until Julie goes back to work, it looks like things will be a little tight. Once we get a little closer, we will firm up our plans.
If you are anywhere along our route, we would love to come and see you... just let us know .

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