It’s hard to believe on one level that we left for our extended journey two months ago, on August 22. On September 22 I had the idea that I would write a more personal update on how we are doing on the 22nd of each month, in contrast to the reflections on countries and on ministry that we try to do wherever we go. But today we are preparing to leave for a conference in just over an hour, and not sure what internet access we’ll have there. So let me just say for now that overall we are doing well, but we do have some prayer requests on our hearts as a new month begins. Please join us to pray for:
Ruth’s transition: As many of you know, my sister has been in the capable care of a lovely family in Pasadena for the past eight years. The time has come for a greater level of care, and we are grateful that Ruth has responded well to that news. We believe it was God’s timing that the schedule was a little lighter in Armenia so we could be available at least via Skype for my mom and sister as they processed this transition. We have found an excellent residential care facility in Glendale, and my valiant mom has just about steered the process through all the agencies and doctors to clear the way for her move. We are so thankful to the Knox Pres. Church folks and other friends who have helped and will help this week. If you know my mom or sister, this would be a great time for a phone call or visit. Please pray for this move to go well.
Our health: Overall we are doing well, but Rich is sick today, and it is a reminder that health is vulnerable with this much travel—slightly different water in each locale, different foods to adjust to, weariness from travel itself, not always sleeping well in new places.
Stamina: We got a little spoiled by a three-week stay in Armenia, but the two months ahead are filled with shorter stays, which means the need to connect with people quickly, give ourselves wholeheartedly in sprints, and engage in the spiritual disciplines that will renew us for that endeavor. Please pray for the stamina we need to do that well. For more information on our schedule, visit that page in our blog.
Thanks as always for your prayers, friends.
Rich and Lisa Lamb