We celebrated Thanksgiving with family, and rejoiced as everyone around the table had to expand on what our boys listed that they were thankful for. Their list included God, dad, mom, money, ice, snow (which we didn’t see this furlough), kitchen utensils, electricity and air. When was the last time you gave thanks for running electricity and clean air? We spent the next day hiding in the house far away from the black Friday sales; we didn’t have room for any more stuff in our suitcases even though a 32” inch tv for $97 was almost worth a trip out. We continued celebrating Saturday with a 60th wedding anniversary party of DeAnna’s grandparents. Sunday was my birthday and the best gift I received was not the steak dinner (although that was very tasty) but to being able to worship with our home church in Missouri before going back to Cameroon. Technically the next day of the holiday week is Cyber Monday where everyone is suppose to go back to work and buy presents online, instead we went to Pack-n-Mail and shipped one more box since we were over our weight limit of 50lbs per suitcase we can track it online so we are helping the cyber Monday sales.
Today is Travel Tuesday for us and we are looking forward to settling back into work and life in Cameroon. We are grateful beyond words for all the support and encouragement so many of you have given to us since we have been back in the United States. Since June we have flown 6900 miles from Yaoundé driven over 12,000 miles flown to Florida, stopped in Canada. There were 3 outpatient surgeries. DeAnna wrote a book. Jonah lost a few more teeth. Joshua learned to ride a bike and then his brother decided he wanted to too. We were able to celebrate the life of one of our supporters who went home to heaven. We’ve spoken at 10 churches and have been blessed more times than I can count with people who have taken us out to dinner. The list could go on and on. God is good!
As we travel the 6900 miles back to Cameroon our travel Tuesday will turn into Weary Wednesday. But even though I know I will be physically exhausted I can still life my eyes up and see the many hills that surround Yaoundé and know where my help comes from, my help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth. My prayer today is that you also know that no matter where you are God is with you and is watching over your comings and goings both now and forevermore.