It just dawned on me that many of you may be wondering where things are in the many things going on in our life. So here is a little update on where we are:
1. Dorcas. Still waiting for the passport. Emailed AOH about something else and asked what the plan might be once the passports were signed. Patty is hoping they will start signing on Thursday. Donna is hoping that those with special needs (including Dorcas and a couple others) and those that have waited the longest will be first to travel.
2. Infant baptism. Shane is studying this. Reading the books that Melissa at TwaddleMeNot recommended. He has shared with me some of the points. He has said that he has a better understanding of it than he ever has. And it has been very interesting. There are some valid points. Still studying … praying for wisdom and truth. (If we land on the infant baptism, how in the world do we explain this to our children whom we have taught from the beginning that they must come to an age of understanding in order to be baptised?) Not to mention the tailspin it would inevitably send Shane’s family into when they find out–
3. Church. We are feeling that our departure from the current congregation is nearer. Princess is settled with it–once we explained that God is growing us in a different direction than the church, she came around. We are hoping the door can stay open. And are trying to decide whether we can leave before Dorcas comes home. We have been meeting with another couple of families on Wednesday nights for fellowship and study for 3 or 4 weeks. Tomorrow evening the men are going to decide how they want to proceed. What to study,etc. We have been visiting different congregations about once a month or so on Sunday mornings. Recently discovered that Jim Eliff is a pastor at a KC church. (had no idea the church he pastors was in KC) It is on the total opposite side of the metro than where we are, but we want to visit regardless. They actually meet late Sunday afternoon, so we wouldn’t have to leave the house before sunrise to go to church.
The sermon at two of the churches that we have visited the last couple of months has been on the 13th Psalm. Suffering. We have known all of these things were coming, but didn’t know when they’d come. Now we have all of them at the same time. We are taking great comfort in God’s Sovereignty. He knew this was all coming; we are trusting Him to handle it.
Please pray that I will be the supportive wife that I need to be to Shane during this time. In addition to not knowing when he’s leaving the country, church issues, dealing with his family on several levels, he is also dealing with a difficult co-worker–one that need to learn the tough love principle.