We left Gembu on December 10, heading for Abuja. We stayed with our friends, Mark and Sabrina Holmes. They are dear, new friends who, along with their 5 young children, are missionaries in Abuja. We finished up the things that we needed to do as far as banking, buying our vehicle and last clean details of the Abuja house. We said goodbye to Nigeria around midnight on December 15. It was sad to be leaving, but we knew we also needed to leave for the elections in Nigeria and that we had work to do in the States as well.
We arrived in Minneapolis on December 16, Dan had his leg surgery on the 18th and the Dr. said he is doing very well. We enjoyed Christmas with Tina’s family and our boys came to Pine River and we spent New Years weekend with them. We have been meeting with individuals and churches as much as possible as we are working on raising some work funds to start making some of the changes needed to turn the Clinic into a Hospital. We have also been shopping ALOT! We are finding flannel fabric for the Days for Girls Project as well as other items we are not able to find in Nigeria. I met with my dear friend, Mary, who donated our sewing machines to use in our DFG project in Nigeria and sweet friends, the Rasmussens, who gathered donations and gave us an essential oil kit to keep us healthy in Nigeria! We have never been more humbled or excited as we talk with people about our dreams and plans for Gembu and what God is doing there!
We have made a trip to Florida to connect with the Converge staff and to update some of our things like a video and web-site page as well as a couple of wonderful days with our long-time friends, Ivan and Susan Veldhuizen. I am sitting on their couch typing this right now with a warm breeze blowing in and water splashing in the background.
Next week we may or may not go to Michigan. We are working on some meetings and are feeling that God may be leading us to travel there for some meetings.
Here are our prayer requests for our dear prayer warriors out there!
Please pray that we can make the connections needed in getting the hospital equipment that we need at the best price and the best way and that we truly hear the Lord’s voice in this.
Please pray for Tina’s mom who is recovering from a severe fall and new hip replacement.
Please pray for safety in much traveling while we are in the United States.
Pray for favor in meetings with potential work funds supporters.
Thank you, dear friends! We appreciate and love each one of you and are humbled to think we are able to be God’s employees!