Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ…
As most of you know Sherri and I will be away from home for the next two months. We leave on a mission trip to China on September 16th through the 30th. Upon our return from China my older son Anthony, my wife Sherri and I will be visiting my 84 year young mother in Switzerland who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
When we return stateside mid October, Sherri and I will retreat to a benefactor’s hospitality home for some break from the stressful “wear and tear” that commonly confronts those in the “helping” profession. At times we need to rest from ministry pressures and demands, recharge our spiritual and physical needs, and renew body, mind and spirit as Jesus commands his weary workers in Mark 6:31 NIV “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
I have to admit that I am still learning to “rest” in the Lord instead of “doing!”
When we return early November we will begin getting rid of “stuff and belongings” we accumulated over the last 32 years of our marriage and pack up our residence as we down size into a townhouse. This will free us up to do more frequent China mission trips and local leadership evangelism and discipleship activities here in Chicago.
Sherri and I treasure your prayers in the coming weeks for “safe travel, solid relationships, sterling meetings, stamina, and soul sharing opportunities.” We look forward with great anticipation what God has in store for us in the best years to come as we obediently follow his leading.
Praying that you, too, will be renewed by His spirit.
In His Grip and Serving Grace…