Looking back at 2013 and all we have done as a family and it is hard to imagine that all of this really happened in the same year!!!!!
The first 4 months were extremely hard and sad because we had to say good-bye to 5 of our precious babies as they went to meet Jesus. My kids still reflect on that time as a very bad time to be at Beautiful Gate and now whenever a child gets ill and needs to go to the hospital, they get scared and ask if the child will die. Learning to trust God and accept His timing has been an area of growth for our whole family in 2013. Those precious babies will not be forgotten and neither will the other 2 who have passed away since we have been in Lesotho.
We have some statistics about our time from June 11 till December 4; We started off by fundraising in Europe and then in the United States and Canada.
Number of countries we visited : 7
Number of country boarders crossed : 11
Plane flights : 11
Number of hours in a plane : 51 (does not include layover time)
Train rides : 2
Boat rides : 2
Number of states visited : 16
Number of church presentations : 8
School presentations : 5
Small groups/ bible studies : 5
Fundraisers : 3
Overnights with other families/ individuals : 18
Hours in a car : Enough to make our family CRAZY!!!!!!!!
Days alone as a family : 10
We arrived back on December 6th and have been relaxing a little and getting back into the swing of Lesotho living. It has been good to be back. We miss our family and friends, but it is good to be here, serving God with our precious staff. May God bless each of you as you look forward to 2014!
|Elijah reading the Christmas story to the staff for our Christmas party.|
And a big happy birthday tomorrow to our friend Aaron, Lucky did not come for Christmas this year so I am looking for another kid who will be blessed by the soccer ball you gave me for Lucky!