We spent the month of August in Colorado getting some much-needed family time. The month went by quickly as we managed to fit in time with friends, a few ministry meetings, and some good family fun. We hiked, biked and jumped in the icy cold Golden River, which was a highlight! Our family is always up for an adventure and Colorado sure provided that.
After leaving Colorado, we stopped in Moab, UT en route to California. The landscape was spectacular! We spent two days hiking and enjoying God’s creation in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
There are many things I love about our life, and this is one of them. Getting to see our magnificent country as we travel from state to state is educational and exhilarating! It’s a definite perk!
We arrived in Rancho Cucamonga on September 4th and have already been here for six weeks.
Where has the time gone?
We have seen God’s hand move in the hearts of people at The Vine church. He is definitely at work here and it’s exciting to be a part of what He is doing. We have seen marriages in the process of restoration, hearts getting ignited for God, people finding their passion and gifting, others getting excited about serving and many understanding how to serve with dignity.
The pastor, Jeff Evans, is hysterically funny and we have enjoyed his style of teaching. He seems to have an uncanny ability of mixing convicting truth with gut-busting humor. It’s powerful! It has also been encouraging to feel Jeff’s support and to have he and his family in our Dignity Serves class on Tuesday nights.
We have met many wonderful, friendly, kind, hospitable people who have welcomed our family with open arms. Their kindness has felt like a warm hug to us all as we have shared meals and fellowship with them. The kids have also enjoyed time with friends, sleepovers, and attending youth group and our whole family was even treated to a day at Disneyland!
In all honesty, meeting new people is the most significant perk for our family. Our lives have been changed and challenged and we are grateful beyond belief that we get to hear stories and share life with many people from all over the country - people our lives would have never intersected with.
After our time with The Vine is done, we will continue to stay in Rancho Cucamonga for November and December. We are thankful to have been offered a place to park the RV, as we knew it would be difficult to get booked over the holidays. We hope to spend that time adding the finishing touches to our book and possibly writing our own curriculum.
We are thankful for all of you and for the constant support we receive!