October Update

Hello Friends,

We hope this update finds you well. It’s hard to believe it’s almost November! We’ve now been back in the States for almost 4 months. It’s been a bit difficult to know how to give adequate updates over the last few months. As we mentioned before, we were advised to really rest and recover for the first few months back home in the States. We realized we really had to take that advice seriously.

As many of you know, Jamie contracted Typhoid and Amoebic Dysentery in June. We are eternally grateful for all who prayed and loved us during that time. We remained a bit quiet about all that happened, as we have had to walk through a process of debriefing and counseling to work through the emotional and physical trauma this has been. The medical crisis almost cost Jamie her life. There may be many of you who weren’t aware how critical it was, being on the other side of the world, but now we wanted to be very open about the seriousness of all that happened.

Words can’t express accurately just how present God was and is with our family during this time. Jamie has faced a slow road to recovery since coming back in June.  She is under the care of a doctor, who is doing ongoing tests in hopes to find a path to continue healing. She was told it can take up to a year to make a full recovery.

Some Questions You May Have:

What is a furlough and why is it needed?  

A furlough is a time for a missionary family to take some time to rest and process their time on the field. In many cases, missionaries face very hard and stressful lives working in another country. Some even face emotional and physical traumatic events that need to be processed and given time to heal. It is recommended that after a few years of service overseas, a family take this type of sabbatical. At the same time, we are and will be praying and working on what our future work will look like as well as working to move that forward.

Do you still need financial support while on furlough?

Yes! A family on furlough is still doing a part of the “job” of ministry, which is to rest and recover so that they can be ready to continue the work God is guiding them in. During this time, our family will be engaging in stress debriefings, Marriage and family counseling, and spiritual direction counseling. We do still rely on your faithful support during this time.

We have put together a compilation of the last 6 months of our life and ministry in Tanzania and our re-entry back. It includes MamaLove, Jamie’s teaching trip to a birth clinic in Madagascar, serving in the Salasala quarry, Jamie’s struggle to make it through the infections, good-byes, coming home, hellos and our reestablishing life right now.

We hope it gives you a glimpse into the beauty of all that God has done so far. We hope it speaks what we just can’t adequately describe. There is nothing our God cannot do and we are learning that deeply in our life and work.   

As always, if those of you supporting us have any questions or want to get together to talk more, please contact us.