Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One Year!

As of March 16, we have been back in the US for one year! What a year it has been! It has been a good year, but a hard one, in many respects. It has been fun to be with family, but really hard to leave our friends overseas.

I love being a pastor; I never thought I would. I miss being a missionary, well, at least a career overseas missionary. All believers are missionaries. That is one of my main goals as pastor; to help my congregation realize that and then live that out.

I love being in Oklahoma. I really, really miss Chiang Mai. We lived there for three years. We miss our friends and our kids miss their school. We miss mango and sticky rice. We miss Hong Kong, but not to the same degree. We were only there less than a year and it was a hard year at that. We certainly do miss our friends there, however.

Lately, we have been waxing nostalgic for Africa. Of all the places we have lived, we loved Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the most. We are still sorry that the civil war came and we couldn't go back to say goodbye.

Well, now I'm starting to get melancholy and I can't have that! Praise the Lord for a good year, and for all the good years ahead!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Rick! Happy anniversary on being back in the U.S. May that feeling of missing Africa and Chiang Mai never leave you, and only cause you to convert the burning into motivating others that there is a big, wide world out there that needs a Savior.

Angela is in SE Asia right now, co-leading a LifeWay women's conference -- specifically for expat women and women from the national churches. They're in Singapore and will be headed to CNX next! She has orders to consume vast quantities of mango and sticky rice!
Blessings - RussR.

Rick said...

Thanks, Russ.

I sure wish we could get some mango & sticky rice around here... ha!