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2007 July 15 » Philoxenos

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The home stretch

15th July 2007

The home stretch

Handsome and I, along with Little Buddy, spent the weekend in Christchurch. We’ve only recently arrived back home. The kids are all asleep. The girls spent the weekend with their grandparents and they are worn out! As we were making the initial descent into the Hamilton airport I realised that the next time I descend in an airplane will be in six days when we make our way to the United States. My stomach got a little bit nervous at that point.

When we got home I realised that we didn’t have enough milk for breakfast tomorrow, so I went to the supermarket to pick some up. I also got a few other things so that we left some food for our friends to eat when they arrive home on Thursday. As I walked the supermarket I looked at all the things and wondered if this was maybe my last trip to the supermarket in New Zealand. It made me want to buy everything, even though I didn’t need anything else, but just because it might not be available to me later.

No visa for Handsome yet. We’re waiting. I appreciated BecomingLikeHim’s comments in this post . The waiting is not about me. Nothing in this life is about me. It’s all about Him. I need to be sure that my attitude and behaviour is glorifying to God, even if I think (and I do!) that leaving my husband behind to travel with our three children alone to the US really bites. And I know that everything that happens is not a surprise to God. So I look forward with anticipation to what I’m going to learn during this experience.

Posting may be very sporadic over the next week as we pack up and take off. Or not. :)

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15th July 2007

Answers to your questions

You asked, so I will answer!

1. What is/are your spiritual gift(s)? Definitely teaching. I would also say evangelism, but sadly, this is a gift that I’m not exercising as I should be.

2. How long have you lived in New Zealand? I arrived in New Zealand for the first time on 8 January 2000, three weeks after getting married.

3. How old are your children? 3.5, 22 months, and 4 months

4. Lots of questions about Korea: I lived in South Korea from March 1998 to December 1999. I went there after finishing university as a missionary through International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They have a programme for university graduates to allow them to spend two years overseas to get a ‘taste’ for mission. At that time, over 35% of journeyman eventually become career missionaries, so it was a good investment for them.  I lived in Kwangju for the first four months but then had to move because the missionaries I was working with were reassigned and I was left alone in the city and that wasn’t allowed. I then moved to Taejon where I worked at Hannam University in student ministry. I offered free English classes, using the Bible as our main tool. It was an incredibly humbling experience and when I look back to my time there I regret all the opportunities that I didn’t take advantage of. But I know that God used my time overseas to change me for the better. And if it wasn’t for living in Korea, I never would have met my husband.

And in anticipation of someone’s question…

5. How did you meet your husband? I met Handsome on the internet :) While I was living in Korea I just wanted to speak to someone in English. There were other American missionaries around but I didn’t really see them very often and I got lonely. I found a Christian chat room (this was back when IRC was big) that was moderated, so nothing nasty was allowed, and I would pop in there a few times a week. One night I had a conversation with someone called Kiwi99. Turns out he had grown up as a missionary kid and we talked about mission and… the rest is history :) We were totally just friends in the beginning. We never thought we’d be able to meet in person. It’s a bit crazy, but that’s us!

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