August the month of Anniversaries

This August we celebrate some exciting anniversaries for our family.

The big one being the very special day which happened on the 28th, 15 years ago my soul mate said “I do”  yep 15 years already, some days it feels like it was just yesterday.  On a side and hopefully only funny note our visas expire the same day but so far we haven’t been told we need to leave the country, not necessarily the ideal way to celebrate a 15th year anniversary fleeing the country.  Okay “fleeing” probably not the best word choice but it’s more dramatic.  I think we will enjoy a nice quiet supper without any children and maybe once things settle down for us as in we are adjusted moved into our house etc. we’ll plan a bigger night on the town and maybe spend a night away in Jayapura or something like that.

The next exciting day was on the 23rd which marked 4 years with MAF.  Over the course of these past 4 years we been on such a amazing journey that it is hard to know where one would begin.  We are so thankful for all those that God has place in our path along the way many of whom have journeyed with us through prayer, friendship, financial support and so forth.  There have been many challenges faced, physical, spiritual, emotional and along with the many challenges we have seen amazing blessings and triumphs.  We are by no means on the same level as Paul but I want to borrow his words to express our thankfulness to all those that have and continue to walk with us.
Philippians 1:1-5 (NASB with personalized wording) 
1 The Dole family, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Canada & USA, including the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,
5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

And related to our time with MAF August 5th marked our one year anniversary here in Indonesia.  We really enjoyed our time in Salatiga making many good friends there during our time.  Our hope is that here in Papua we will be able to continue on building new life long relationships that will have an eternal impact.
On a side note just a quick update on the family.  The kids are all doing well and enjoy school.  We are very glad we were able to make it in time for them to start the first day of classes.  Julie and the kids are up at the school from 7:10am-3:15pm Mon-Fri.  We are still waiting on work permit/visa so I can start working.  In the meantime however I’ve been spending my time with running a few errands and reading manuals and handbooks.  My hope is that I will have all the reading out of the way before our work permits come through so I can start straight away getting my hands dirty so to speak.  We are also still waiting for our stuff from Java to show up at which point we will be moving across town into a very nice house.  The Lord is good and we look forward to what is ahead for us this year.

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