Monday, April 23, 2012


Quick Trip to the Windy City

Tashi and I recently made a very brief trip up to Chicago in order to share with our church's mission committee at one of their meetings. Although we were only there for two days and parts of a couple others, we made the most of it! We arrived at O'Hare Saturday evening and were picked up by our friends, Del and Myra Parks. We met Myra last summer when she volunteered with CCCD for a couple weeks and then her husband, Del, and her made the trip over to Leo in August for our wedding reception. Myra is completing a two year interpreting program soon and will complete her studies at C-Sun. They picked us up and we grabbed dinner at a nearby pizza joint, Giordano's that happened to be delicious! It was great to catch up with them before they move to Cali and to see Myra's preg-o belly before they have their first child.
Tashi and I with Del and Myra

Janice Anliker and Becky Stoller met us in the parking lot at Giordano's and we made the "taxi" switch and then headed to Janice's parents where we stayed for the weekend. Sunday we worshiped at Elgin AC Church and enjoyed meeting quite a few people. My Aunt Val is from Elgin so it was neat to meet her parents and Tashi knew quite a few people from her college visits with Janice. After church we ate with Janice's sister's family and enjoyed a good 'ol American meal of home grilled burgers, fries, veggie tray and a great fruit was delicious! 
Tashi and I with Janice and Becky

Monday we did some practice and preparation for our presentation and then some last minute shopping at Target, Wal-Mart and Menards (how I wish there were a Menards in Kingston!). Mid-afternoon we headed over to the meeting location to have dinner with our Jamaica team prior to the presentation. After meeting at the agreed upon restaurant and deciding it wasn't really where we wanted to eat, I suggested a delicious little pizzeria around the guessed it, Giordano's! Hahaha, you know it's either really really good or I just miss American pizza! Maybe a tad of both. We enjoyed a great dinner with Chad Huber, Alan Roth, Loren Dettwyler and Marvin Leman. After dinner we headed down the street to the hotel and conference center and got ready for our presentation. There were about a dozen brothers from the mission committee that listened to our presentation and asked great questions. We felt very encouraged by their warm welcome and genuine interest in our team's ministry to the Deaf in Jamaica and are excited for whatever the Lord has in store for all of us. The hardest part was saying goodbye to our teammates after only having a few hours together, and especially hard to wave goodbye to Chad as he drove away from us in a very large family van for the second time in less than a week (it was only last week Tuesday we bid farewell to him and his family at JDV). Tuesday morning we caught the 5:30am shuttle to the airport and were home by 3pm! A short trip but definitely sweet. We praise God for the opportunity to share about His working in Jamaica and for the chance to spend a few precious moments with dear friends and family.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Sorrow and Hope. Praise God for the Huber family!

Paul often writes in the epistles of the fondness in his heart and mind towards a congregation. When you take a step away from the words on the page and consider Paul's ministry, where he clearly spends of himself (physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc) for the benefit of, yes the Gospel primarily, but the people to which he ministered, it is quite easy to see the pain he and the churches would experience as they parted ways. But that was Paul's post-Light life...transient in ministry. As we look at this, we could say "why would you put yourself through such Sorrow, again and again?" But if you are a Christian, then we know the reason for the sorrow...because through the sorrow is how we experience love, and the pangs of ministry are worth it when even one lost soul finds Hope in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Acts 21:5-6

When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.

Today, we said farewell to the Huber family. It has been about a six week process so far of everyone saying goodbye and offering each other parting words every time paths are crossed. I'm certain for the Huber family it has been an emotional roller-coaster, with nearly every Sunday there being some type of farewell tribute. But reality is, a party or event could be held every week for months and it wouldn't suffice. Sometimes, I think the best way to say "thanks" and at the same time to say "goodbye" is to feel and express the Sorrow of the impending distance, and yet to reflect on the Hope born through the preceding closeness.

The Hubers were like family. I spent many weekends crashing at their home, sleeping in the boys room, playing Lego's, running around with Lucas, eating many many many meals with them. For the fall of 2010 I even lived with them for 3's nice when you have dish duty assigned to you, totally makes you feel like part of the clan and not just a visitor. When God started working in my heart regarding Tashi, Chad was one of the first people to talk to me about it, and his wisdom and advice was of the Spirit. He served us graciously the week of our wedding and was one of the many reasons why we were able to pull the whole thing off. In the last nine months, I have gone through a lot of newly-married learning curves, complete with frustrations that when kept inside, fester and give the Devil a card to play. Several times Chad's genuine "how ya doin?" inquisition would lead to a time of sharing heart-to-heart. His listening ear, tender response and wise advice helped me through some of our hardest marital moments. I cannot thank the Hubers enough, but that's ok. They have sown seeds of Hope, and in that, I rejoice.

 Ellie so sweetly sat in her seat, ready to go and saying "I'm reading a book"
Lucas, aka "Lou-bee" was excited to be "going on an airplane"
 The Huber kids (minus Paul) all loaded in and ready to always, their attitudes were incredible despite the reality that they had a grueling three hour drive in super cramped seats (16 bags...)
 Lawrence (Big Fish) and Chad, two brothers who shared life and work together in love and esteem
 Passing of the torch from missionary to missionary. Chad and Pam leave Ben and Krista Beukema with not only hugs, but a firm foundation and lots of prayers.
 Love ya brother!
 We all stood in the garage of the Huber home and bid them farewell, as they have done for thousands of people over the last four years. We wave "I Love You's" until the bus is no longer visible

Monday, April 09, 2012


March Update

March 2012 E-newsletter

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