This time last year, we were getting ready to leave for our family missionary trip to Swaziland. We were organizing donated items, starting to pack, raising funds, buying and borrowing needed items, working out our itinerary, and communicating with folks in Africa.
This January, we are living at We Will Go, enjoying Anna home for her first Christmas break, and seeking God's direction for decisions and preparations that must be made before we move to Swaziland at the end of this year as well as seeking direction for our time of ministry here in Jackson.
And this time next year? We expect to be moved to Swaziland and beginning the settling in process. We're hoping that Anna and Betsie will be with us as they'll have a month off from college at Christmas. While most of our Stateside friends will be bundled up, drinking hot cocoa, and running their heaters, we'll be enjoying our first Southern African summer break and all the swimming, braiis (cook-outs), and outdoor activities that entails. Jim will be preparing to start his new life as a Bible teacher and I'll be blissfully getting back into my Swazi groove.
What about you? What were you doing this time last year and what do you expect to be doing this time next year? And what about now?
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.