Good news: the surgery went well and I am on my way to recovery! I am so grateful to all of you who prayed for me, thought of me, visited me, contacted me, sent me cards and flowers. The reality that I have a global community in Christ was so apparent through the diverse amount of support I received during this difficult time. Thank you.
My dear friends! I have some news and an urgent prayer request. I am in New York unexpectedly early to get surgery on my ankle, which appears to be in much worse condition than originally assumed. While the plan is to eventually move back to Texas, I will not be returning until after my recovery, which could take upwards of four months; nor will I continue my service with Saint Paul’s Outreach next Fall.
When the concrete jungle gradually turns to rolling hills of green, and sunlight glistens over distant peaks of hazy blue, as one drives along windy roads with no shortcuts back to the busy noise of routine, something changes in the heart. The restless heart, previously told by the world to sit in a corner and stop crying, to slap on bandaid after bandaid of distraction, is free. It’s free to gently brush its fingertips upon the ungraspable reality that is its own existence. There, one voice is able to penetrate through the barrier of shouts all claiming to have life’s answers and say, “I love you, my daughter.”
March flew by in a heartbeat and the end of the semester is right around the corner! Purified by Lent and the waves of life, SPO Texas entered this Easter Season with trumpet blasts (literally).
As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, life sent me a bit of a curve-ball a couple weeks ago. Long story short, a trampoline accident left me with a fractured ankle and I am now confined to crutches and an ankle boot.
What a whirlwind this month has been! The semester is well underway and so much has happened since our Two Kingdoms retreat in January. Here’s a quick overview of February’s highlights.
SPO Texas hit the ground running this semester with a challenging retreat called Two Kingdoms at War. Close to 50 students ventured into the quiet woods of Crossroads Retreat Center in Caldwell, TX, where they were empowered to enter the spiritual battle that’s been raging around them all their lives.
Praying that this Christmas season brings you the joy and peace of Christ!
As the students begin the dreadful season of exams, papers and projects, we as missionaries have our own set of finals.
This past week I had the incredible privilege of welcoming my dearest big brother, Joe, into the great state of Texas. For eight wonderful days, he got to experience little bits of my life as a missionary: our rich communal life, Household, Formation, Lord’s Day, morning and night prayer.