We were blessed during our time at home in Oklahoma and with our families in Texas. It was rejuvenating and exciting to see how many people are praying for us and following our ministry. When the first of March came, it was time to say goodbye. The date for our return to the south is not set. We aren’t sure exactly when we will be back. This time we are planning to move our family to the northeast where God has called us to be. We are still praying about exactly what this commitment looks like in the long run, but we know that God already has all the details worked out. In the meantime, we have lots of work to do in the churches there.
Our first goodbye was in Texas. We celebrated both of Kim’s parents who have birthdays a day apart. We spent time with her aunt and her brother and his family, and really enjoyed some quality time together. We also went to Van, TX to see Philip’s aunts and cousins that we haven’t seen awhile. It was good to reconnect and visit and share about our ministry. Two days before departure, we met up with Philip’s parents and his brother and had a nice lunch together. The love and support that each of these people give to us is so important. They are making sacrifices for us to do this ministry, too, and we love and appreciate them. Please keep them in your prayers as they are missing us but continuing to pour into us the love and encouragement that we need for the journey.
Next, we headed back through Oklahoma to say goodbye to our church family and friends. The kids met with their youth group who promised to take a mission trip to New England very soon and join them in the work there. Tait even played the drum and sang with Jeremy on their last night there. Other friends came to wish us well and pray over us. Each and every prayer is cherished. If God is for us, who can be against us! On our last night in OKC, we had a big crowd who came out just to love on us and on our kids. We are truly blessed. Everyone of these people, as well as many more, bless us with friendship and support. Radiant Wild Ministry would not be possible without them. They tell us that our love for the people in New England is infectious. We look forward to seeing many of them out here for a visit in the future. They know that if they come, we will put them to work because there is much to be done.
Last, but certainly not least, we said goodbye to Ransom. He only has a couple of months left of his first year in college, and then he will take a road trip with some friends and bring our other car to us in New England. We can’t wait for him to join us for at least part of his summer. Still, this was a really hard goodbye.