In just under a month, we will be heading back to the states for a furlough.
Furlough stir up many mixed feelings.
It can be hard to leave your home, your bed, and the schedule and order your family is used to having. We will also miss the long summer days that are so welcome after a long, dark winter. Most of all we will miss the people that we minister to, serve, and love. We are leaving behind some baby Christians, others who attend services regularly but have not personally accepted Christ, and a whole city of people who need to hear that Jesus loves them. Please continue to pray for our dear people and also the preparations we are making for furlough.
While part of me finds it difficult to leave, another part of me is so excited I can hardly stand it. Of course, it's not just me that's excited....our whole family is looking forward to our visit to America. We fan each other's flames when we get talking about the special things that await us....most importantly is family. I just know all those hugs waiting for us are going to feel so good. Some of the other things I'm looking forward to is shopping (Walmart, Target, and other places), Thrifty ice cream, Root Beer, and sunshine. Most of all, I am looking forward to church! Singing the wonderful hymns, hearing a choir, special music, and great preaching. I''m so excited to be in our home church and to be re-freshened spiritually.
Here are some things that the kids are especially excited about (besides seeing family):
attending WCBC Youth Conference
attending Teen Camp with home church
going soul winning with Grandpa (a.k.a. Pastor Benefield)
not having to order off the kids' menu when he goes out to eat
going to church and hearing preaching
attending a Sunday School class
seeing his cousin, Austin
getting to play with other girls
seeing some of her pen pals
hoping to meet some of her pen pals
playing with his cousin, Josh
I guess it's a little hard to explain the mixed emotions that are in my heart right now. Isn't it comforting to know that God understands?