Hello, and welcome to my first blog post since arriving on furlough! I wanted to update you all, but since I am so behind on blogs, tonight I am posting about a trip we took a month ago.
We had the privilege of visiting Orland Evangelical Free Church in Orland, California. The missions committee at Orland had heard about our ministry and actually contacted us about support when we were already in Papua New Guinea. The church began supporting us and then sent two men to join our housebuilding team.
So this trip was a great opportunity to meet the pastor, attend and speak at the church, and reconnect with the men who helped build the house we live in. Zach was honored to preach at their Sunday morning service:
We also got to enjoy many sweet Christmas-y things at the Parkers’ home where we stayed. The boys decorated gingerbread houses for the first time:
And (this was a first even for Zach and me) we went with them to cut down their Christmas tree. Here are our two boys and the Parker’s two boys enjoying the view from the mountaintop:
Pete Parker cutting down the tree:
It was Oliver’s first time seeing snow:We also learned that Orland is a dairy town, so we visited a dairy. (Riding on the golf carts was a highlight.):
We had such a sweet time with the Parkers and the Whites, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Orland Evangelical and their pastor and his wife Anton and Marietjie.