The year 2014, in retrospect, was a difficult year in many ways for us. Joyce had final doctor’s appts in January so we could get clearance to return to TZ. We returned to TZ in mid-February and hit the ground running. Unfortunately, Joyce was not to the “running stage” yet and in trying to set up the house and make the many repairs to the house that were needed she found herself needing to rest almost every day at first. She is doing much better these days.
We have done a lot of traveling including a trip to Mbeya (2 day drive one way) for the Diamond Jubilee (75 years) of the Tanzania Assemblies of God. It was an awesome week.
Other trips were made to Ukerewe Island for a seminar, Tabora for a Women’s Conference, Nairobi twice (12 hour drive) for medical tests, Dar Es Salaam for a TZ Field missionary conference and several other shorter trips to minister and visit the Buhangija School for the Visually Impaired.
My younger sister, Donna, passed away on November 13; I traveled to the states and spent almost 8 weeks there to be with her. We knew she was terminally ill with liver cancer and many other medical complications. I spent almost 7 weeks with her day and night at the hospital; rarely leaving.
Yes, it’s been a rough year but God has been faithful and we have seen his work go forward here in TZ. We are looking forward to 2015 with anticipation of what God will do for us, in us and through us as we continue to submit our lives to HIM.