Goodbye Michigan…

Visiting Doug and Brandi in Dayton, OH

It is finished! I graduated from SMAT on August 10th, 2012! Wahoo! God is good and gracious! I have received my FAA Powerplant rating after passing the written test on Thursday. We had a great graduation on Friday. Neil Dubois, one of the flight instructors at SMAT and a JAARS missionary, spoke to the graduating class about faithfulness in the life of a missionary. He used the book “Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss to talk about the various trials that can and usually do occur when missionaries serve overseas. It was exciting to hear about things we may encounter as we plan to serve as missionaries. We were reminded that trials will come but the important thing is to be faithful. We should not dwell on the “why” question but trust God. Our hope is to be found faithful in the calling God has for our lives, no matter the circumstances.

You have to improvise in the car!!!

We got everything out of our apartment and it is on its way to Reno! Now we are going to spend time visiting family, friends, and churches in Ohio, NC, SC, MS, and AZ. Our kids have done great as we completed our trip to Ohio and have moved on to NC. Please pray for safe travels and joy on the road as we drive over 3,000 miles in the next few weeks! Thanks and God bless!

Perfect in the car!

6 thoughts on “Goodbye Michigan…

  1. Congrats Phil!!! All Praises to God!
    The Rogers are so proud of you Brother. We had no doubts in your ability and faithfulness to get through that program. Looking forward to getting a java and hearing all about it. We’ll be praying for you guys in all your travels. Don’t take one second for granted and enjoy every moment as you Jess and the kiddos see our beautiful country. Colin and Liv say Hi as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Again, Congrats and take care Phil.

    Cory and Jen

    Psalm 91:4-5

  2. Congratulations! Prayers, love, and God’s blessing of great joy to you as you travel and visit with family and friends. Love the pictures and can’t wait to see you “for reals” ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. To let you know that I will be praying for you on your journey… God’s protection, safety and
    His loving, powerful presence as you speak and meet new people; and as you drive across the country. Looking forward to seeing you back in Reno. God’s richest blessings!! Marie

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