Our family has been blessed to have spent the month of June in Manitoba visiting, speaking, and even getting in a small vacation. We arrived on the 6th of June in the Steinbach area and dived right into meeting as many of our friends for we knew that this would be our last chance before heading overseas. The children had a blast driving around town and noticing all the changes that had taken place through the city and visiting some of their favorite stores. One of just many different highlights was being able to take a five day vacation at one of our friends cabins on the lake. Greg was able to get his boating licence so we could take the children for rides and discover all the great fishing spots. Besides doing a lot of fishing we found a great hiking trail that reminded us of what life is like for the people of Papua. As we found ourselves climbing over rocks, pushing tree branches out of our faces, and swatting bugs off of us all at the same time. It was a blast!
Greg was able to share a report with our home church in Steinbach and do a little preaching on our first Sunday back. And I (Julie) got to do a ladies teaching time with the ladies of our church. It was a great time of being able to show them what missionaries can go through before they even leave for the field. I will be honest though and say I was very nervous for this was my first time speaking without Greg standing next to me. Along with allowing both Greg and I to speak our church family blessed us with items that were still need for life in Indonesia. I think that the children really love there new backpacks the most especiailly when they discovered that each came with their very own whistles built into the bag.
Along with seeing our dear friends and supporters, came the task of having to say good bye to everyone as well. They are such a great bunch of people that have so greatly blessed our lives and we will be taking a part of each one of you with us as we head oversea’s. Say good bye is never easy especially for the children but it is also a very important step that needs to be done before they can head forward.
So please remember our family and lift us up as we go through this process of the finally good byes, last minute packing, checking all of our different list, and any other last minute details. And please pray for all our visas as they are switching them to a different kind of visas that may allow us to leave actually a little earlier then planned if they come through. Which if the paperwork comes through they would like us now to leave on July 28th. However, our prayer is that we arrive when God wants us to and we are trying not stress ourselves out to much about the constant changes of the dates to depart. Which is some times easier said then done as we just want to get their and get settled into our new roles.