Dear ones in Hutch,
Thank you for standing with us again these last few months. We continue to praise the Lord for His faithful care for us.
The big news, of course, is that we are leaving the mission this spring. We made the decision just a couple of weeks ago. There were several things which led us to believe that we had completed our mission at the Mission. The original motivation for coming was to experience mission work before we were too old, and to fill a need for staff after several families left at once. Although the staff need is not completely resolved, we are confident that God can and will supply. Pray with us for that. Even though I (Barbara) am apparently in good health, I desire to be close to our family doctor of over 20 years to help monitor my diabetes and heart condition. Most importantly, however, is the call of my garden and my grandchildren. So it is just about a month until we will be heading northeast to our home in Haven, Kansas next door to our daughter and son-in-law.
I have been elected to do the weekly all-school chapel this month. I spent the whole year dreading it, but it has turned out to be kind of fun after all. I’ve been speaking on the parables with lots of help from Flash, the media man, and the students who are actors in the skits. Only one more to go—the parable of the sower and the seed. Pray that our seed will fall on good ground!
During spring break we flew to South Carolina to visit our new grandson, Samuel, born January 15th (and his mom and dad—Becky and Eric—and his two big sisters). He is soooo cute. And he is easy to get along with. Just the way a baby ought to be and so few are! We had such a good time with them, helping them settle in their new house, meeting their friends, and just bonding with the family. The week went too fast.
Perhaps we shall all be together again this summer when our branch of the family hosts a Valdois family reunion in Haven. Ahneka and Michaela will be coming home for a couple of months in July and August before both of them head back to teach at the university in China that Michaela was at last year. (When Ahneka visited Michaela last year at Christmas, she thought M. had it pretty nice, so she felt like teaching there would be a good experience for her.)
Pray that we may end well here. Things can get pretty zooey these last weeks. Pray for the logics of our move and that we get involved in His program there in the Hutchinson area.
Rejoicing in our Faithful Lord,
Darrel and Barbara