Friday, May 29, 2009

Coming to An End

Being in the ministry has allowed me to travel to a lot of different places over the last half a dozen years. I've been to San Diego, San Francisco, Belgrade, Montana, Salem, Oregon, Springfield, Missouri, Sioux Center, Iowa, Smithers, British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Chicago, and probably others I can't remember right now. This has also allowed my family to travel with me at times, often at very little cost to us. Of all the places we've traveled, the island of Kauai is far and away the most beautiful. And we have been privileged to come here not just once, but three times in the last 19 months. It's also been a privilege to preach at one of the newest URC church plants, the Kauai Reformation Church. Speaking of which, please continue to pray for this work, as they seek to establish a confessionally Reformed church on this island. They are all very excited to have their new minister, Rev. Derrick Vander Meulen, arriving around July 1st.

Well, all of this to say that we've really enjoyed our time here the last couple of weeks. However, at this point, we are all ready to come home. We miss our house, our beds, and our church family. We're also somewhat tired of sand, salt water, everything being wet all the time, and expensive groceries. And so we're all looking forward to getting on the plane Monday and getting home Monday night.

Here are a few pictures from our last couple of days: sunset, Polihale Beach (hands-down the best beach on the island), dinner at a local restaurant tonight for Mem's b-day.


Zepmom said...

In my opinion, God has given you special grace to be o.k. with leaving this kind of exquisite beauty, but I reckon you've been missed at home :-)

Merri Lynn said...

It's OK - really - you can come home now. It's my turn! Oh wait -I can't - we have another wedding in the family!
Looking forward to seeing your family home soon - praying for safety in your travels!

Joyce said...

Oh, it does look absolutely beautiful there! I'm so glad you and the family have had a wonderful time, but you all have been missed. We'll look forward to seeing you all soon. :)

Kevin Efflandt said...

We kind of noticed the same thing when we were here last year: At about the 10-day point, we all start to miss home (our house, our church, etc.). It IS beautiful here, and it's really been great to get away and relax (or "chillax" as they call it here; combo of "chill" and "relax"), but it's not home. Although the flight is almost 6-hours long, we're all looking forward to getting on the plane and coming home tomorrow.