We greet you from California! We are ‘home-ish,’ to use the word my sister-in-law coined to describe our perched position these days. In a game of missionary musical chairs, we are in our second temporary LA housing now, a home provided by our denomination to missionaries on home assignment. This will help us get back on our feet financially, and we plan to return to our home in November. We miss our home and dog, but we trust God has good purposes for us in extending the nomadic season just a bit more. Rich has jumped straight into work at Tanner, and I am doing course prep for a Fuller course I’ll teach this fall, getting re-certified to be a healthcare provider again for disabled adults, and pursuing other job leads. We are tired, and a bit overwhelmed by the mundane yet pressing tasks of renewing driver’s licenses, tracking down our mail, and easing our tummies back into California foods. I may blog again, but for now, I’d like to do a summary post that will help me to crystalize my impressions of the year. A number of themes have impressed us deeply this year, many of which have been covered here, but I’ll revisit those themes in the form of a tribute to twelve of the many, many people who inspired us this year. Know that each one represents dozens more. I’ll list them in four categories: students, local pastors, North American missionaries, and national IFES staff-workers. A few names have been changed to protect those living in countries not so welcoming of Christians.
North American Missionaries:
National IFES Staff:
That’s it. Twelve people, or pairs or teams of people, who inspired us, taught us, and made our year an amazing adventure. I’m missing them all as I write this, and profoundly grateful to God for their faithful witness.
Rich and Lisa Lamb