We have been in Oregon for just over a month. It has been a special time with family (Melanie’s parents, Melanie’s sister and family, plus bonus time with Hannah who is studying an hour away) and a chance to re-connect with dear friends in the area. We were able to take a six-day holiday/vacation with Melanie’s parents in the Columbia River Gorge, which was a real treat. Some of us haven’t seen them for close to three years because of Covid. Last week, Melanie and I got a couple of days away together, which was also a really special time.
As far as ministry goes, I have been busy with preaching almost every Sunday. I was able to run a 1.5 day seminar at a church in Portland, as well as a shorter two-hour seminar at a church in Sunriver, and another report session at another church in Sunriver.
The main feature of this trip is time with people. There is never enough time! It has been a busy time with lots of visits. We love the people we are seeing, so it is a joy, but it is also busy and there are challenges. We are now in the final stretch in Oregon. A couple of weeks and then we will be moving on to Chicago for just over a week. Please pray for stamina in these final days. The schedule is inevitably filling as we try to squeeze in the connections. Melanie has had a couple of migraines, which are obviously painful, but also frustrating as it is not possible to re-schedule meetings and so she has had to miss out on a couple of them.
We are thankful to be here, but also looking forward to seeing everyone back home too. Thanks for your prayers!
(I am sure we will get some pictures on here soon, but thought an update is better than nothing for now!)