This missionary home assignment has been one of miles…and smiles, too.
From April 20 through July 29, we’ll have clocked just under 11,000 miles in our faithful 2007 Ford Focus. Here are some more tidbits:
- spoke in 13 states at 48 venues, including 2 family camps and 1 District NMI Convention
- slept in 42 different beds
- ate lots of good food prepared with love by Nazarene brothers and sisters
- met young people with a call to cross-cultural service
- found individuals in many churches who have been on a Work & Witness trip to Africa Nazarene University (ANU)
People everywhere have been so gracious and interested in our missionary work at ANU. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for their hospitality, encouragement, and support through prayer and giving. We’ve been treated like royalty. Thanks for being part of our team!
In Milford, Deleware, the NMI President (Vangie Hannah) took us to a nearby rest home where we met Miss Rose Handloser. Rose served for 30 years as a missionary in Africa, with time in the Transvaal and at our Regional Office in South Africa. She worked closely for many years with Dr Richard Zanner (former Regional Director) and developed Christian education curriculum for all ages. We walk in the footprints of those like Rose who invested decades of their lives to advance the cause of Christ.
We’ve said our goodbyes to most of our family as we head back to Kenya next week. I’m especially proud of my nephew, Clay Crofford. He’s getting better all the time at playing the guitar, singing, and leading worship music. In mid-August, he reports as a first year student to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) where he’ll study for pastoral ministry. Keep up the good work, Clay!
Ask God to give us strength and grace as we wrap things up back here in the U.S., pack suitcases, say our final goodbyes to John and Brad/Em (our sons and daughter-in-law), then transit for 48 hours.
Ask the Lord to help us plug back in quickly to our Kenya assignments, Greg continuing as Dean of the School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM) and Amy lecturing in English, overseeing the Language Lab, and pushing ahead on the Ed.D. online through Trevecca Nazarene University.