“He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2-2a. What a restful, relaxing, restoring time we had in Florida. Sometimes one needs to get away to find out how much it was really needed. Sherri’s brother, Art and sister-in-law, Debbie’s beautiful lake house filled the bill! It was quiet waters away from everyday distractions. We woke up to beautiful sunrises over the lake and the sound of chirping birds and went to bed with the moon illuminating on the water and the croaking of the frogs. We spent some great times with Art and Debbie and with friends, we took in a couple of concerts, did a little fishing and a lot of reading. It was a very well rounded and restful vacation. This was such a gift to be able to get away.
Our time away was wonderful but our trip home was not without incident. Our route back took us through Nashville and we got there as the city was being rain soaked and flooding. We were driving through blinding torrential rains when traffic came to a stop on the interstate. Traffic became backed up for miles and we were running out of gas. The local radio station was telling us the rain was causing flash floods and many of the roads were impassable including the one we were on. After hours of going nowhere we were able to finally get off and get some gas and try to find a way out. It was still a blinding rainstorm and by now it was also dark. There was traffic everywhere, flashing lights of the police cars – some we saw were pulling trailers with pontoon boats and the local station was telling us of more flooding. Somehow we were able to find the “right” roads to get us out of town. Until we got home and saw the news we really didn’t fully realize the devastation we left behind. Remember to pray for those people in Nashville.
We thank you for your prayers for us.We are so grateful we were able to get out of there safely. Did you know that there is an age limit for foreign teachers in China? Well, there is and it is 60 years old. What does that mean for Rolf going back to teach in the fall? It means we need your prayers!
Rolf loves being there and teaching, loves his students and God has used him to bring many of them to Christ. An email from the head of the school wrote, “I am very thankful for your efforts in this university, and what impressed me most is your warm-hearted cooperation and flexible teaching method which received a very high evaluation from the teachers as well as the students in this university”. So the school would like to have Rolf return but, of course, he is past the age requirements. How did he get a work permit last time? The school negotiated with the local authorities. Will they be able to do it again? We don’t know but we do know Who has the answer and if it is God’s will it will happen. It is so the desire of Rolf’s heart to go back! Please pray if it is God’s will He would grant our request for Rolf to be able to return for this school year.
Thank you for all your prayers and your partnership with us in the mission field of China.