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.
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!