Sunday, January 13, 2013

Home (for a few days)


We knew this time would come all to soon.  On Sunday, our last full day in Hawaii we went to the resort area of Ko Olina again for Ann to snorkel.  She was able to see a few fish.  On Monday we got up early to pack and went to the beach at Pokai Bay for one last ride on the stand up paddleboard.  It was windy and a bit harder to control.  When we got back to camp Andy & Ramona gave us our certificates and Pua Kahea t-shirts and thanked us for the 9 weeks of service at the camp.  They took us out for lunch and then on to the airport.  We had a long but good flight back to the mainland and were both able to get some sleep.

We really enjoyed our time here.  We did a lot of work but it was not too hard and we had plenty of free time to enjoy the island life. 


Even though it was sad to leave paradise and our new friends it was really good to get home to see family and friends.  Aunt Jo was nice enough to keep her Christmas decorations up until we got back and on Wednesday some of the family gathered at Jo’s house for lunch and to open presents.  Kim & Brandon arrived from Ohio just before lunch and then spent the next two days with us.  We enjoyed meals with them, Matt and Tanya and some of Brandon’s family.  Ann decided the ladies should make t-shirt scarves. 

On Saturday Ann went to her quilt guild and had lunch with friends.  Billy helped Ike work on his shop.  As the day started to end we got a call and a dear couple stopped by to visit,  J E & Betsy Skinner.  We talked about our time in Hawaii and the work we had done.  JE & Betsy went in February 2011 and stayed in the same room as we did.  Then we talked about our next adventure. 

On Monday 1/21/13 we will leave Momeyer and travel to Allenwood, N.J.   NC Baptist Men have been working there since right after Hurricane Sandy just as be were getting ready to leave for Hawaii.  Our hearts went with them at that time and now we are ready to join them.  We will be there possibly for six months serving GOD as needed.  We have our concerns about just what will take place and how we will serve GOD but HE has laid peace on my heart the past two days with assurance that He is already there getting things in order so we can enjoy serving HIM again this year.  Back in September Ann posted that she was feeling a nudge to step out of her comfort zone and go on a foreign mission trip.  Well, for this southern girl, NJ might just be her foreign country.  Please remember us in your prayers as well as the people we will be serving.

If you or a team would like to follow GOD’s call and come help us rebuild the homes and lives of the people of New Jersey this year please contact either of us or visit the NCBM mission site to sign up.

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