Sunday, October 4, 2015


Sunsets from Impfondo (top) and Montana (bottom)
Our last update was about a series of "good-byes" while we traveled from Impfondo to Brazzaville and back to the US.  We have continued to travel, but this time it has come with a series of "hellos" as we reconnect with family and friends.

We have been in a period of recovery and exploration: rest and recovery from our experience and exploration of our options for future ministry.  We are still trying to get used to speaking about our home in Impfondo in the past tense instead of the present tense.  In many ways, it still feels like home, and our hearts are with many of the people there.  We know that God has the situation in His control, and we can trust him with the hospital and people of Impfondo.

We have slowly traveled west, and we are now back in Montana.   There has been the opportunity for us to talk to people who are serving at some other hospitals in French speaking Africa.  There are four possible hospitals that we are considering, and we would appreciate prayers for God's guidance in the process.

The children are all doing well.  They would have all preferred to stay in Congo, which made the initial transition difficult.  While they still miss Impfondo, they are becoming excited about our next locations.  We started school on Labor Day (in Georgia), and we have been continuing to homeschool as we travel.  They have enjoyed catching up with their cousins and friends, and meeting some new friends.

Although in some ways we are eager to get back to ministry in Africa, we know that it is important to take the time to transition well.  We are still planning to spend around six months in the US.
We will be in Montana until we return to the east for our debriefing conference at the beginning of November.  After this, we hope to be able to share more details about the future.

We will still be posting a few things from our time in Impfondo on the blog throughout the fall and winter.  Thank you again for all of your encouragement and prayers for us.

Left: Hiking in Impfondo with Sarah Speer
Right: Hiking in Montana

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