As I walked into the fellowship hall at our home church in CT, Jennie called to me from across the room and said, “You need to talk to your son, I just caught him peeing outside in front of the church.” For Gideon, no big deal, after all, all little Honduran kids pee outside in the grass. Here in the states, public displays of urination are frowned upon. I quickly explained to him that this church actually has indoor bathrooms. He said, “Really!” Transitions are inevitable when you serve in missions.
We have spent a lot of time running around to doctors and dentists, getting the kids caught up with physicals and planning for braces. Many of you know that my kids have some special dental needs that needed to be addressed. We spent last week with an orthodontist to try and figure out how long the process will be to correct what needs fixing. A timeline was very important to us as we needed to figure out how it would affect our ministry in Honduras.
After talking with the orthodontist, it looks like we will need to stay planted for at least 3 years.
At this point you are probably asking the question, “Does this mean you are leaving the mission field in Honduras?” The short answer is yes, for now. There is no way we can get the proper care we need for the girls and stay in Honduras.
Over the next 5-6 months we will begin our transition from living abroad to living back in the USA. During that time I will be taking periodic trips to Honduras to transition the ministry slowly over to someone new and to sell some of our belongings that we can’t take back.
This has been one of the hardest decisions for us to make as a family, but we felt like it’s whats best for the family.
Our hopes are that you would continue to support us until we get re-established here in the states. When we left for Honduras in 2012, we sold everything we had here. We are literally starting over again. Please keep us in your prayers as we once again transition into a new normal.
It is going to be hard for me to find full time work during this transition phase as I need the flexibility to travel. Our goal is to complete the transition by the end of April 2018. Your continued financial support until then would be a huge help. I will work part time when my schedule permits.
We are so thankful for all we were able to experience and do in Honduras because of you. Your support and prayers have been a blessing beyond words can express.
With much Gratitude, Tim