Sunday, February 19, 2012

we're comin' to America

  It's hard to believe, but it's getting close to the time for our family to return to the U.S. for a home assignment!  In just a few short months we'll be saying hello to friends and family.  It seems almost too good to be true.

 This home assignment isn't a vacation, so what is it?  
Why would we up and leave our work here to spend a period of time back in the U.S.? 
The following list describes some of what our home assignment really is: 

  • A scheduled component of the work we do.  It's required of us!  Past experience has demonstrated that these periods of home assignment are a critical aspect of this job.
  • An opportunity for our children to reconnect with their home culture.  When your children start asking if all fast food restaurants in the U.S. serve rice, you know it's time to get them back for a taste of home.
  • A time of spiritual encouragement, training, reconnecting with family and friends, and service in our home country.  We are hungry to hear God's Word all in our own language, to give hugs to our family, to see you! and to learn more that will enhance our work here.
  • An opportunity to share about God's work here in the area of the world where we live.  We are accountable to give a first-hand report to those of you who have a vested interest in this work. (Acts 14:27)
  • A season in which we will continue to live by faith in God's provision for us.  We won't have a paying job during our home assignment, since it's just another element of our regular work, and we look forward to experiencing God's continued faithfulness to provide for us, as He has done so faithfully during our first term overseas!

 In May of 2009 we left our home in the US.  
Amy and Elise were not quite 13, and Michael was 9.

We will return this year with 16 year-old daughters and a 12 year old son, 
all who are looking forward to American food!

We can't wait to see you all!  ♥


Serena said...

And we can't wait to see you! : )

us5 said...

♥ thanks, Serena!! :)

Rosalie said...

So looking forward to you all being here!! Love you.

OliveTree said...

Blessings on your time at home! This is a great explanation of what you'll be doing. What will you do with your blog while you're at home?

us5 said...

thanks, Rosalie! love you, too! ♥

us5 said...

i appreciate your encouragement, Olive Tree! :) i do hope to keep the blog going while we are home. it might not be as frequent, but it will help to keep me accountable to maintain a healthy attitude, and it will be a venue to share the 'home aspect' of this calling.

The Girls said...

We can hardly with til you get here and look forward to some wonderful times together!

us5 said...

thank you, 'girls!' ♥ it's not long now!

[anna] said...

Ahh! We can't wait to see y'all soon!!

thechurchcook said...


us5 said...

:D thanks!

us5 said...

;) thanks, friend!