God being with us is not some favor that we can earn. God came to the world in the form of a baby in a manger to give us the free gift of salvation and the promise that he would always be with us. He is available to everyone. God has promised to be with us in every moment of our lives, through the good times and the difficult ones. He counsels us to not be anxious about anything but to depend on him for all our needs. As I think back on the 2018 year, which is nearly finished, I am again in awe of what it means to have "God with us."
There were many times when Angie and I encountered difficult moments throughout the 2018 year but we have been continually assured that God has been with us. The difficulties that we have faced have often turned into opportunities for God to bless us beyond our greatest dreams, more than we could have ever imagined. These are a few of the highlights from our family in 2018.
Without much doubt, the hardest part of the missionary life for us has been having to say "goodbye." It hits us in both directions, leaving and returning to the States. We have our direct family in Ohio and cousins throughout the country. Over our lifetime we have made lots of close friends. Leaving them to go to Honduras for an extended time is hard. Some, we will likely never see again. Many of our Honduras friends have become family to us as well, so we always have mixed feelings when leaving one country to go to the other. We try to focus as much as possible on the blessing of having such a large family with so many friends in two countries.
Angie and I are proud of all our children and grandchildren. Our family continues to grow in number, in stature, intellectually, and spiritually. It is amazing t us how multi-cultural we become. I guess that would be expected with our background of living for nearly 40 years in two different countries. Our children who were born to us are third-culture kids, having grown up in Honduras and now living their adult lives In the United States. They are magnificently special. One of the lessons that we have learned is that family does not consist of only those who are our direct genetic relatives. It reminds us that we too have been adopted into the family of God.
We have seven grandchildren so far. Rachel and Jared have four children, David and Stacey have two children, and Maribel and David have one daughter. Whether they are born into our family, or lovingly adopted into the family, we are proud of six grandchildren who live in the States and one here in Honduras.
|Maribel with Belen and David|
|It's nearly impossible to get everyone in a photo.|
Our year of HMA is nearly finished, but we plan to end it with a major
|Maria and JD Singh|
It has been an exciting year. We give testimony that God has been with us every step of the way. We look forward to seeing God's plan for the 2019 year and beyond.