I’ll be honest. Back in May, looking ahead to our two months in the States, we thought the most emotionally exhausting thing we’d face would be the good-byes.
Ha. (It turned out to be this and everything that has transpired since.)
We. Are. WIPED.
And now we’re saying all those teary good-byes on top of it all. So far, we’ve said last good-byes to my sister and her fam, my brother and his fam, Gabe’s brother and his fam, and Gabe’s parents.
Here’s what our next 69 hours look like.
Spending today (Thursday) with my parents and my sister and her family. Chatting while we package up last minute gifts for supporters and somehow fit everything we’ve bought into 11 suitcases (thank you, Gabe’s mom, for paying for us to take an extra one).
Friday: finish up the packing. Shop for last-minute needs. Say good-bye to Mom and Dad. Head to Columbus. Say more good-byes.
Saturday: pick up rental van. Pack it full of our luggage. (Thank you for the soft-top carrier, Steph and Daniel!) Meet more friends for good-byes. Get some good sleep. (Please, Jesus.)
Then, the next 56 hours.
Sunday: leave Columbus at 6am. Drive 10+ hours to NYC. Meet up with some friends we met in Cambodia. Head to airport. Board plane for China at 1:45am.
15-hour flight to China. 13.5-hour layover in Shanghai. 5.5-hour flight to Siem Reap.
Arrive in Siem Reap at 10pm on Tuesday, August 9.
Recover from jet lag, pack up our house, say hard good-byes to our neighbors and all the kids, and find a new place to live.
We were originally given four days to do all of that (move out by Saturday, August 13). We asked for one more week and were graciously given it. We have until Sunday, August 21, at 2:00pm to move out.
Please pray we find just the right place to live (quickly) and have strength and energy to get everything packed and ready to go.
We are ETERNALLY GRATEFUL for the outpouring of love and support from all of you. Man. It’s going to take us all of forever to respond to everyone and express our gratitude. THANK YOU for loving us and praying for us and taking care of us and worrying about us.
We know that so many of you are actually feeling our pain with us, crying with and for us, feeling angry on our behalf.
We want you to know that we’re going to be okay.
Each day brings new hard, new reminders of what this all will mean, new waves of sadness, a constant fight against bitterness, and yet.
God is already whispering (and sometimes shouting) that he has such good plans for our family. And that he’s never going to leave our side.
One last thing. So many of you are asking, “What about the money we gave these past few months (over $5000 since March)? What about the money we raised for the walk (over $10,000)? What’s going to happen to that?”
We’ve been discussing this with the HPC director and the board, and our tentative solution is this: we honor our commitment to raise a year’s worth of operating expenses for the center ($8880), and we take the rest ($7000-$8000–not sure on the exact figure) to start up whatever ministry God is calling us to next.
So, if you are someone who wants your money to stay with HPC, you can be confident that it did. If you raised money for our family to use for ministry in Cambodia, you can be confident that’s where that money will go.
Once again, I’m going to close comments on this post. But, if you have questions/concerns or encouragement, you can message me on fb or shoot me an email. I’ll respond when I can.
We love you guys so much. So so so so much.