July 2013 – Preparing For Extended Stay


The last few weeks have been a time of big changes and exhausting schedules, yet full of expectations of exciting things on the horizon …

  • 25 June: Our daughter and family moved into our house with us
  • 1 July: Sam retired from his job with the city of Newport News and joined the efforts at home preparing for our departure and setting up our daughter’s family in our house
  • 3 July: Sam and Patti shared with some friends about our ministry and move at our previous church
  • 8 July: Sam had his scheduled doctor’s appointment and learned that his blood sugar levels are now just below the trigger point for diabetes for the first time since diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago (Praise God for His healing touch)
  • 9 July: had a contractor come by to take a look at some problem areas discovered on our roof over the weekend
  • 10 July: celebrated our daughter’s birthday with shopping, a hair appointment, and lunch out … a no-packing day!

These special events have been surrounded by long days of packing, organizing, discarding and donating ‘stuff’, trying unsuccessfully to find a new washing machine to replace a dying one,  as well as some fun meals and coffees with local friends. Saturday evening some friends are hosting a farewell dinner with an Irish theme, Sunday afternoon we are visiting Patti’s dad for dinner (a 5-hour round-trip drive). Somewhere in there we will find time to pack suitcases for 2 1/2 months in Ireland beginning with a flight from Richmond, VA at 1pm on Tuesday.

Prayer Requests:

  • Energy and good health in these last days of preparations
  • That the contractor’s estimate for repairing the roof would be reasonable and affordable
  • Discernment in prioritizing the remaining things to be done before leaving … there’s just not enough time to do it all
  • Discernment in making plans once in Ireland … for the first time we are arriving with no scheduled meetings, though we do have many opportunities to follow up on
  • For God to open doors and give us boldness as we seek to encourage and assist Irish Christ-followers in making the Word of God a key element in their walk with Him
  • Additional financial partners to team with us in this ministry

May God richly bless you all as you serve Him where you are.

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One thought on “July 2013 – Preparing For Extended Stay

  1. Patti and Sam, my family is lifting you up in prayer. May God bless you both as you begin this new journey in Ireland. You are a blessing to so many here in Virginia, and I can’t wait to hear about your new life living in Ireland. You are in my daily prayers, Kelli Fort

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