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In Togo and Almost Awake

  • September 19, 2013

Dear Friends,

Here I am in Africa! I’m not sure what day it is, but I know I’m here!

Thank you for praying for our family as we parted, and for me as I traveled over. The flights were without incident, and all of my luggage arrived with me. (Thank You, Lord, for answering prayer this way!)  I’ve been able to talk with my family in Maine & Tennessee a couple of times via Skype and Face Time.

It’s been fun greeting friends here in Togo today. I’m experiencing that odd mix of gladness along with the heaviness that comes with having just left the USA and the joys over there. I’m truly thankful for both places.

Again, thank you for caring and for praying. Thanks to all of you who wrote to say you were praying for us. The Lord is so gracious.

The rainy season is almost over in our area, which means the heat of West Africa will soon be upon us. This morning did bring a few minutes of drizzle, so that definitely signaled the need to stop unpacking and get out with the camera! I’m thankful to the Lord for continuously revealing His delightful wonders, such as this small web, seen in my back yard today.

Hanging Pearl email

I sure do appreciate your prayers as I get back into the work at the CRC & Print Shop. Please be in prayer for the safe arrival of a container that shipped out on August 24. It’s loaded with supplies for our hospital, Print Shop, CRC, and missionaries.

With thanksgiving to you and for you,


All Good Things

  • September 15, 2013


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “All good things must come to an end.” It’s usually in reference to vacations and such. While it’s true that vacations, furloughs, and visits with family and friends can’t go on and on, there is certainly an important aspect that does NOT come to an end, and it’s the best part of our journey as believers! Jesus said, “I will never leave you.”  It’s emphatic, and it’s stated throughout Scripture. I find it to be a tremendous comfort as I head back to Togo–that not only does He go with me, but He stays with my family and dear ones back here in the States. He wants us all to sense His loving presence!

So it’s time to say goodbye on this side of the ocean, and time to say hello on the other side. Several of you have written to say you are praying for me and my family–thank you so much! It’s quite apparent to me that it will never become easier to part. We thank the Lord for His grace to do what He wants us to do. He is faithful!  We are doing our best to focus on the wonderful blessings of being together (at least on the same continent!) for five months, and with a little time, we’ll be looking forward to the next time we are together. Those who know me will often hear me reiterate the photographic principle of “selective focus.” My sister and I talked  about this in the Smokey Mountains this week. We both love wild flowers, we think thistles are pretty, though we may be in a distinct minority. The color and design stand out, yet if you touch one, your emphasis quickly changes to the thorns! We still think they’re lovely . . . to look at!

thistle focus

Thank you for praying for grace and peace for me, my sister and brother-in-law, and our parents as we separate tomorrow. My flight is at 9:30 p.m. from Atlanta, and I should be home in Togo by early afternoon on Wednesday. Thank you for praying for a safe journey.

“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5