Dear <<First Name>>,
Adapting and transitioning... We are beginning a new chapter in our lives. In 2 days, we will officially retire as WorldVenture missionaries and will continue with WorldVenture as Global Specialists for a few years. This will include a couple of short-term trips to Taiwan each year as well as looking for ministry opportunities in Oregon. We used to live in Taiwan and visit the US, but now we live in the US and visit Taiwan. We will no longer be getting a salary through the mission but can use the money still in our account for ministry expenses.
finalHA.Johnson-Taiwan.net is a new webpage that has old pictures and videos of our years in Taiwan. It has links to resources including some Dwight used in the Men of Honor class he taught.
Years ago, at a retirement reception for some friends of ours in Taiwan, Here You Stand by Cheri Keaggy was sung which represents well the transition we are navigating through now.
We are living with Beckie's mom in Hillsboro and visit Dwight's mom in Gladstone regularly. Another hope we have now that we are in Oregon is to get to know our extended family better and to invest in our grandkids.
Speaking of grandkids, we got a special Christmas gift this year.
Wade Evan Johnson was born on Christmas Eve morning in Colorado and joins his "big" sister, Aria, and their parents, Dan and Anne. The Air Force will relocate them to Ohio this summer.
David, Leah, Seth, Oliver, Noble, and Rose are in Virginia until this summer when the Air Force will move them to New Mexico.
Andrea and David are getting close to completing their paperwork for an adoption from China. This year, David took a sabbatical from Intel allowing them to spend time with us in Taiwan and then travel in New Zealand. Beckie went with them to New Zealand to meet her penpal since the fourth grade for the first time.
We had a wonderful Christmas dinner that Truman and Stacie hosted at their place. We missed not having Malia with us. She didn't even get the day off for Christmas as National Taiwan Normal University doesn't treat it as a holiday.
The Tenors, a Canadian quartet, sang I Thank You for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. We pass it along as a tribute to you for your prayers and support that made it possible for us to serve at Morrison Academy for all of these years. THANK YOU!
Dwight & Beckie