Laura and I are very excited because tonight our two kids, Joy and Jonathan, will arrive HOME to Gaylord, Michigan after their year at college (Joy just completed her junior year and Jonathan his freshman year, both at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA). As parents, Laura and I realize that this well could be one of, if not, our final summer together as a family.
But coming HOME for the summer will be different for Joy and Jonathan as they will be coming HOME to a town they have never lived in before; to a house they have never lived in before; and to a church they have never attended before (outside of one visit last December). They will arrive tonight having no friends and no summer job. The same thing happened to me after my freshman year of college (also at Liberty). While I was at school, my parents moved from the only home I knew in Akron, Ohio to a new home in Williamsport, Maryland (near Hagerstown). I came HOME my first summer after starting college to a strange place, with no job and not knowing a single person other than my own parents.
So we appreciate your prayers for Joy and Jonathan. Please pray specifically that they would have a safe trip HOME to Gaylord. They will be driving from Lititz, PA which is about a 13-hour drive. Please pray that they will connect quickly to some folks their age in our church. Please pray that they will find summer jobs quickly. And please also pray that God would give us the best summer ever as a family.
I know you will love our kids! They are very outgoing and love being with people. You will see them actively involved in many areas of ministry this summer. We can't wait for our church family here at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church to meet them.
Welcome HOME, kids!