A summer of transition and another international tour!

This summer has been a whirlwind since getting back from Australia. Just a few days after I got home, Sarah, our youngest daughter, graduated from high school, and the next weekend we hosted her graduation open house.

Then, Rachel (20) took off for the summer to her job as a camp counselor with her foot still in a boot from foot surgery.  And the next week, the transmission in our 2003 Honda minivan died, so we had to replace it; we’re now the proud owners of a 2006 Toyota minivan.

Then, we took Sarah to Purdue University for an ‘early start’ summer session where she earned 7 credit hours in just 5 weeks and made some headway on her engineering degree.  Which means we’re now, empty-nesters. That’s a big emotional corner to turn and I’m not sure I’m really ready for it. So… it seems like as good a time as any to go on another overseas outreach tour! I’ll think about how empty and quiet the house feels, and how much I can’t believe our little girls are now in college, when I get back.

Here’s some context – while I was in Australia, our ministry had a different band on tour in Poland, working in partnership with another missionary organization that is run by a couple with ties to Polish royalty. That means they have some really important connections and influence, and they use it to bring over bands and musical artists to help proclaim Jesus. Our kind of people, really.

That partnership has so much potential that we decided to send another team over just a few months later. So here we are (shown above) in rehearsals again, getting ready to head overseas for the 3rd time so far this year.  We’ll be gone by the time you get this, and the tour is just two weeks, so at least Jennifer won’t be alone in our empty home for too long by herself.

Seriously, I’m excited for what God will do in this new partnership, but it’s just been an exhausting summer on many levels. Some good things (Rachel’s summer job and Sarah’s move to college), some not-so-good things (foot surgery, van replacement). But all in all, I’m glad that God continues to line up good work for our team to do, challenges at home notwithstanding.

I know I say it every time we do an update, but we are truly grateful for your partnership with us through your prayers and giving. In a season of foreseen transitions and unforeseen expenses, your support is a reminder that God is with us. We’re praying you experience His presence and peace as you wrap up your summer!

Please pray…
…for our ministry opportunity in Poland. It’s a new partnership and we’re laying the ground work for future tours, but there are lots of things to learn about how best to do our kind of ministry in that culture.  And, there are lots of details to work out with both organizations to make it a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership.