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"Sometimes, Friend,  things change and they are never the same again."
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What is our next step?

March 2016
Dear Friend,

Change. It's something we have to face in our lives. Sometimes change is welcome. And sometimes it's unwanted. It can leave us excited for the next step, or it can leave us reeling--wondering what our next step should be, or even wondering if we should move on.

In his book, Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson explores how change effects us and how we react to it through the allegory of two mice in a maze looking for their cheese that has been moved. The two mice react in different ways. One objects to this change and resists it. The other embraces it and explores ways to embrace the the change of circumstances.

"Sometimes... things change and they are never the same again. This looks like one of those times. That's life! Life moves on. And so should we."
―Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

Two months after Titus's death we find ourselves at a crossroad of change. All that we'd anticipated and dreamed of doing as a family of 5 isn't going to happen now. Life was put on hold for the last 4 months. We now find ourselves asking, "Where is God taking us?"

We don't want to forget that Titus was part of our family. We recognise that we do need to move so we don't get stuck in the rut of our grief. How fast we move is another question. We find it's a difficult balance between grief and moving toward what God has for us now.

February Highlights

  • Two of Chrysti's friends visited at the beginning of February! It was the first time in 5 years that Chrysti had friends visit.
  • Leon and Chrysti had some much needed time away in County Durham. We enjoyed visiting the Weardale Valley, but mostly we enjoyed relaxing without kids!

In Other News

Leon is back in the office full time. The first few weeks were spent finding his way, getting up to speed with all that had happened while away and catching up on upgrades that had been put on hold while away. At times things have been slow and he has been uncertain what strategically to investigate..

Now that I have been back in the office for over a month I'm finding new projects to explore and getting busy again. One of those projects is a helpdesk system I had started to implement back in the autumn. I'm working with a colleague to get this set up to scale for OM's IT support structure.

In April Leon is away twice. He will be in Germany for 6 days attending our International IT Committee meeting. He is then back for 5 days before going to the US for 12 days to speak at our sending church's mission convention.

We stepped down from leading a small group in the autumn. We have been invited to participate in another small group, but this has yet to happen. We want to slowly get back into a group so that we can receive fellowship, care and prayer from those around us locally.

Prayer Points

  • Pray we'll know what to do, what not to do and pace ourselves. We want to take time to grieve.
  • Pray that Leon's trip to the US and Germany will be fruitful. Pray we would make some good decisions at the IT meeting and that we can raise additional financial support at the mission convention.
  • Continue to pray for us as we grieve in these coming months, especially on weekends when grief hits us hardest.
God Bless,

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