Ever since hearing this news, I have been anxiously waiting to share it with you. At the beginning of the summer, Thad was nominated, then selected to be the Keynote Speaker at a technology conference in 2016! They asked him to share his passion for seeing technology used not just “in” ministry, but “as” ministry. So often, people who work behind the scenes in the mission field feel as though their job doesn’t matter. Thad’s hope, as well as the conference organizers, is to encourage them to see that their work makes a difference. God created us, gifted each of us, for His purposes. I find it so exciting that Thad will have to opportunity to encourage others like him. He’s of course a little nervous, as there is a lot of prep work and planning ahead of him, not to forget the several days of speaking to a large crowd. The conference will be in Germany, and we will keep you updated as it draws nearer.
Our family was happy to reunite after having two weeks with an ocean separating us in June. I think Milo’s reaction was the most surprising to me, as I fully expected him to be wary of these “new” people making noise and trying to touch him. He was thrilled to see Thad, and Oliver and Simon. Oliver was the lucky one to give the first greeting and was met with a belly-laughing baby who couldn’t stop kicking his feet. At the end of July, Thad and I braved a road trip with all three boys. It was a fun and refreshing time for everyone. A couple of highlights: reuniting with old friends, a water slide, wooden toy boats, eating fondue in the summer, and a tour of a chocolate factory!
On the office front, the technology team seems to have found a good solution for improving the Internet connection at the Eastern Europe Headquarters. This will provide for smoother communication for all of the teams operating from there, and hopefully make work a little easier and quicker to accomplish. They are also updating the audio/ video system in the conference room, to streamline the setup for presentations. It’s amazing to me how something that seems so “every day” can have an affect on the Lord’s Kingdom, and I continue to thank God for letting these technology guys work for Him in this way. Thank you for praying with us. We feel so encouraged whenever we think of you!