Quite a bit has been happening on the work side from here, and because I always feel like so many of you travel with me, I want to share the latest events with “the team”.
At the end of October I traveled (solo) to Australia. It had been well over 7 years since I was last in Australia; too long. It was a very fruitful time of reconnecting with friends, churches, and of course family. While I have seen most of my family at some time over the years, there were a few I hadn’t. It was so needed, and so special to connect again.
I spent several days in Sydney with my mum and sister and friends, then a few days further south with my brother and his family and other friends. From there I flew up to Brisbane for several days with another brother (the one I haven’t seen since 2010). He had moved there since I had last been Down Under. It was such a great time of relaxing, some sight-seeing, family time, and fun. Not to mention stocking up on Aussie items unavailable in Montana! Only the essentials, like Vegemite.
After my return to Montana early November I immediately re-entered into discipleship teaching, speaking in the DTS here in Montana on the “Fear of the Lord”.
This was a really great week with a very impressive school. These students were so willing to learn; responding so admirably to some very “loving yet challenging” truth about discipleship, our response to God and our ongoing relationship with Him. It can be challenging at times, but also so rewarding and enjoyable.
Finally, early December I flew out to another DTS, this one is Maui.
More of a last-minute invitation, they asked me to come in their final lecture week (of 12) before they head into outreach in Asia. Again, I was struck by their commitment, focus and passion in their final week of class. This is usually a time of distraction and tiredness as they prepare to head out on an unimaginable and exciting cross-cultural experience. But I was amazed at their determination to get every second out of every class.
Back in Montana, and the cold, I’m home and moving into Christmas! (see some more pics below). Merry Christmas!!!