I can't believe it's been over a month since I blogged. Just like I couldn't believe it last night when I clicked on my blogsite and discovered that my webhost subscription had expired and my blogsite wasn't even up! Fornutaely it's renewed for another year now...which seems especially appropriate seeing as how it's a "new" year!
So what's up? New Year's Resolutions? I haven't even thought about it.
A friend today said something about "how you bring in the new year is how you'll spend the new year". If that's the case, I expect to sit in a recliner on my butt a lot. I was with good friends and we had lots of good food...and we had fun playing Wii but mostly we sat around like old folks and watched the Weather Channel. Wait. I'm a lot closer to old folks now than I am to young folks!
I got to visit with a friend from Ukraine today. Natasha just moved to the States to attend college in Texas. We talked about my latest endeavor- which is (drum roll):
I am now a Missionary-in-Training with International Teams. I will spend about 5 weeks in Chicago later this month and next in training/orientation. I expressed to my friend that I'm really concerned about raising support. The economy isn't what it used to be and frankly, my support base is dwindled. It's been 4 years now since I was on a church staff and had any kind of "home church" stability. I've lived out-of-the-country more in the last 4 years than I have in-country. But here's the thing: It's in God's hand right? The doors seem to be opening for me to return to Ukraine (more or less indefinitely)- I have my mission appointment, I have some early expressions of financial support. Why would God give me the opportunity without taking care of the support part?
One thing is certain: If I return to Ukraine it will be a God-thing. Nothing I can take credit for and I think that's the way to go this New Year...or any year.