I am sitting here trying to think of how to express in words the emotions and feelings that have been felt during our time on furlough, and it’s hard to believe that it has now been 73 days since we were on Swazi soil. Time has flown by, and now we only have 18 more days until we arrive once again in the place we call home. Just like when we first moved to Swaziland, we really had no idea what to expect during our time in North America. You always kind of think you do, but you never truly do until you experience it. We have had an incredible time seeing family and friends, and although at times things have been a whirlwind, hectic and semi-organized chaos, it has truly been refreshing and energising to our spirits as we have spent dear time with people we love and cherish so much. One thing that Charity and I have continued to say throughout, is that we feel so loved and supported by so many through the extreme generosity of people who know us well, and those who don’t really know us at all. It has been an amazing testament to the body of Christ, and we sincerely thank each and every one of you. On the other side, we have truly missed those in Swaziland who are now such an important part of our family. It’s inevitable, whether we are on one side of the world or the other, we will now be missing those who are dear to us. I recently heard someone say that in many ways sending people to the distant mission field is in essence putting them in the offering plate and allowing God to use them as He will. What incredible imagery. This is something we must do in our own lives as well as we desire to be used by God where He has taken us. Moving us to Swaziland has pulled us away from being closer to family and friends in North America, but it has taken us to a place where our family has increased more than we ever thought possible. I truly believe that this is what Jesus was meaning when He said this in Mark Chapter 10 verses 29 through 31, “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” When we left our home in Augusta, Georgia, our family grew as we made our home in Nsoko, Swaziland, meeting many and developing close relationships with those whom He brought into our life. We are truly thankful to The Lord for this.
As we head back, we are anticipating great things. Why shouldn’t we? We serve a God who has limitless capabilities, and His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136). Through the thick and thin God will never let us down, and He will always be on our side. So we move into this next season of life with an unwavering confidence that this is true.
Please pray for us as we continue to be a part of His work in Swaziland.