Time is up! Break is over and Rolf is heading back to China on the 18th of this month. He leaves with mixed feelings – hard to leave behind Sherri and family but anxious to get back to his students and teaching.
The time home flew by very quickly. We did have a rest filled vacation in Florida (It can get pretty chilly in January though!!) — rest filled in spite of Rolf’s increasingly painful wisdom tooth. We were given a recommendation of two oral surgeons and Rolf was only able to reach someone at the second number to get information of cost and what would be involved but he didn’t make an appointment. And then it finally came to a point when something had to be done. So off we took looking for this office and we just walked in with no appointment. We were told they didn’t take walk-ins but if we wanted to wait, and it could be a lengthy wait, they would try and fit him in. Sherri doesn’t like to admit this but she was a bit “ticked off” because why didn’t Rolf make an appointment. Now we are just wasting our precious vacation time sitting in this office! We sat down in the waiting room and what did we hear but Christian music playing. Hmm, this was not your ordinary doctor’s office. When the assistant finally came to take x-rays and learned what we did she exclaimed, “Oh the doctor has been on many mission trips to China. You will have something to talk about!” When the doctor came in he sat himself down and we exchanged China stories before getting around to pulling the nasty tooth. Then we had to face paying the bill only to find the doctor gave us a HUGE discount. Sherri humbly asked God for forgiveness and we praised Him for His generous provision and for meeting this special doctor who has a tender heart for the lost in China!!
Then came “The Blizzard of 2011” and where were we – why driving home from Florida in it? What were we thinking?!! We don’t know, maybe it wasn’t going to be that bad or we could be ahead of the worst of it. But no, on our second day of driving once we hit the bottom of Illinois we were heading right into it. It started with rain, then the rain turned to ice and before we knew it we were driving in snow and blowing winds. It was a long, tense day but we made it home and then Sherri had to prey Rolf’s fingers off the steering wheel! That was before we got in our garage because we couldn’t get in from the snowdrift in front of it. But God provided an angel for us in the form of our young neighbor who was out walking his dog (yep, in the blizzard, but when your dog has gotta go. . . .) So he took his dog in and came back with a shovel and helped shovel us out so we could get in. Home never looked so good!
The rest of Rolf’s time home has been spent with dates with Sherri, time with family and catching up with friends. He got ministry end of year statements out and the paperwork together for filing taxes and updated our web blog “China – in His image.” So check it out there is plenty to catch up on.
As many of you may know Rolf blogs when he is at home. If you wondered why there were no blog updates when he is away in China the reason is that in China YouTube and most Western web blogs are blocked so he won’t be able to keep it updated now until he gets back home in June. As the Lord may lead you to “Pray for China” think of the great task to which you are committing yourself, rejoice in that China will continue to wake up spiritually and that many dark places will joyfully receive the good news of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for all your prayers.