Friday, July 25, 2014

"Going Home"

It seems like a lot to do in such a short amount of time.

Life seems a little bit crazy when I go "home." But, it is what it is and we have to keep running faster than the bull we can hear snorting behind us!

Dental, health, and medical issues. Fine tuning all our electronic devices.  Taking care of government paper work. Organizing, scheduling, drafting reports, and administering our annual Board of Directors meeting. Visiting individuals, families groups, churches, and civic organizations. Maintaining our residence ... painting, making repairs on the house and vehicles, sealing the driveway, building a cover for the deck around the garage.

And don't forget the primary reason for going home ... visiting relatives!  Aging parents. A family reunion. Children. Grandchildren.  Even one great grandchild!

This is not a complaint.  I LOVE coming home.  But, it might help to understand I now have two homes.

Our priority is people.  Really it is.  When we leave one home to come to another home we lose a certain amount of continuity in those relationship we left behind.  And when we say goodbye ... again ... and return to that first home we lose another certain continuity with the ones remaining.

We work hard at making relationships our priority on both sides of the world.  That is why I am taking the time to write this to you.  I have to do what I can do ... even if it is digital ... to stay connected with you.

Here is some good news for some of you!

We are gong to make two short trips to provide AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH YOU PERSONALLY!

While our annual BBQ requires that you travel to our place in Colton (29940 South Dhooghe Road), we are going to come your way if you live in Washington, Idaho, or Montana.  The time is short, but we are willing to divide it up as best we can for the purpose of connecting with you.  Here is our itinerary.


September 2nd we leave Oregon and travel to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  We will in Coeure d;'Alene all day on September 3rd before leaving the next day for Philipsburg, Montana.

We will be in Philipsburg all day on September 5.

Pam and I will travel from Montana to Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday, September 6 and will be in the Pocatello, Idaho area through Monday before leaving on September 9, when we return to our home in Oregon.  We will be available to those of you in the Pocatello area for two days September 7 and 8.

If you would like to connect with us, when we come to YOUR home area, please email me at or call me on my cell phone at 971-832-4664.


Pam and I will fly to Oklahoma on September 12th.  We are going to be in the Fairview area for 10 days due to the large volume of relationships we enjoy in that area.  We have no appointments, obviously, since we just purchased our air tickets yesterday.

If you, your family, your group, or your church would like to connect with us while in the area, please email me any time at or call me on my cell phone at 971-832-4664.  Please do not leave a voice mail message.  A text would work super for me.

Left to right .. our son Dawson the last born
Janelle the first born & Stephanie born in the middle
There have been a good number of people from the Fairview area who have made one or more short term mission trips to Uganda with Next Generation Ministries. We love the work they have done on behalf of the Kingdom of God and the benefit of the Ugandan people.  We would love to host more of you.   If you or a group of you or someone you know is interested in a short term mission to Uganda ... please, let's spend some time together.

Sure, we are going to be leaving home, but we are coming to your home.  And, we have had some great times here in Oregon with our immediate and extended family.  The relationships we have with them are not fragile.  Our family has embraced the call of God on our lives.  The freedom to go and come back home is blessed by the grace of God.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon in September!

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