I will be leaving for this new journey in Mexico in just 30 days. I can't believe how much more quickly time seems to pass the closer it gets to my departure date. I'm filled with such an array of emotions starting with excitement to some sadness at preparing to leave my home, to a little trepidation, and on and on. I still have much to finish before I leave like getting new insurance finalized, renewing my current teaching license, finishing packing and deciding what to take versus what to store, getting my cats vaccinated and taken in for their wellness checks and paper work, and on and on. I trust that it will get done, but I continue to look to God to provide with me time, energy, discernment, etc.
Over the next few weeks I am preparing to speak on Sundays at Plain City United Methodist Church, then Milford Center UMC, and finally King Avenue UMC. Then on March 15th I'll have my commissioning and send-off from my home church, Marysville First United Methodist Church. It's so exciting and a blessing to get to share this journey with so many others!
The update I got from the orphanage this week is one that fills me with joy, and honestly a little sadness too. I'm only sad for selfish reasons in that I'm not sure when I'll get to see these children again, but I'm hoping I'll get to see them at church services in Mexico. I'm mainly filled with joy that three beautiful siblings got to return home to live with their mother this week, after spending about 14-15 months in the orphanage. Their mother was one of only 3 moms who came weekly to visit the children, so I'm thrilled that they're able to be reunited long-term now! I pray for their transition back home to continue to go well. I also pray that finances continue to be stable, and that their home life will be a safe, healthy, and happy one. And I pray that they continue their Christian walks and get to continue attending church regularly. (And, if it's His will, I'm selfishly praying that I'll get to see them at least once more when I'm living in Mexico.) Praise God for providing for these three precious kids to get to go back to their family home!