Our lovely home in Korb, Germany (15 minutes outside of Stuttgart) is officially on the market. This Friday the first group of potential buyers will meander through the place we’ve called “home” for the last 13 years. It’s a bitter-sweet feeling. When the Lord says “GO”, then it’s always best to obey! And so…with hope in our hearts we begin to make a huge transition to return to the Philippines!
Friederich lived there for 12 years (7 as a single missionary in Surigao City on Mindanao and the last 5 as a married man in Cebu City on the island of Cebu avec moi) ~ so moving back is, in a way, like coming home.
We served 8 years in Colorado as pastors in a fantastic body of believers and have been pastoring here in Germany since 1999….which allowed us to only visit the on-going mission work among the islands once or twice a year. Now we believe that the LORD wants us to return and focus on the next generation. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
Benjamin is 15 years old and in the 9th grade. When he was 2 1/2 he came with us to Germany, so he’s basically grown up as a German boy! (although he has an American passport and Colorado Rocky Mountain blood in his veins) For this we are extremely thankful! He’s been raised in an idyllic village, surrounded by forest trees, fruitful vineyards, and fields of wheat, corn and barley. Our church family here has provided an exceptional environment to encourage his spiritual growth and confirm what we’ve been teaching him all these years at home. He’s had the the coolest, godly home church leader, our dear friend Marco — and then a row of super-amazing Royal Ranger leaders (Christian scouting) — who have guided Ben through one rugged outdoor adventure after the other since he entered first grade. So our “Big Ben” as we affectionately call him, has a solid foundation from which he can further develop as we now transfer our family to Asian life. He’s got the grace on him to go with the flow…and is actually looking forward to the big move! If you think of him, please do pray for the changes he’ll go through as we begin homeschooling.
Quite honestly, moving is definitely not very high on my list of favorite things to do in life! So I have determined to just take one day at a time. In fact, I have been heavily leaning on verses like: “He is a very present help in time of trouble” or “God will perfect that which concerns me” !! I began praying about this move last summer, so I trust that HE has the perfect buyer for our home, the perfect time-table to make the move, and the extra helping hands I need to close up shop here in Korb. We are also trusting HIM to be our inner strength as we say good-bye to our dear co-workers and faithful comrades here in the Stuttgart area. Words from a special friend, Dave Duell, which the Lord spoke to him as they left their good friends in the Presbyterian church to pioneer Faith Ministries Fellowship in Greeley, have stayed with me over the years. The Lord said, “There are times here on this earth when I require you to drop the hands of those you love from around your table, so that around My table in heaven there will be more hands to hold.” Wow! Such truth and comfort in those words!
We’ll keep you posted when our house sells and when we plan to actually head to the Philippines! Until then….think of us as we sort through all of our belongings & worldly posessions. (My, we people are like squirrels, aren’t we?!?)
P.S. This morning as I lay awake in bed, I counted how many times I have moved in my life (not including the times at college when we had to shift dorms). I counted a whopping 20 times!! Yikes.