New Year Updates
Posted by Carrie Ann on January 22nd, 2018 | 2 comments
Happy New Year!
We try to take time at the beginning of every new year to reflect on what God has done in the past year, and to look ahead to what he will do in the coming months. We have a lot of changes before us! That is both exciting and a little scary! First, some updates!
If you recall, Scot will be transitioning to the Teams Developer role for the Middle East region of the C&MA. Our family will leave Israel/Palestine mid-June, transition to Germany where we will spend a week (hopefully setting up a new home–pray that our coworkers can find a suitable living situation for us before our June arrival!), and then we will transition to the US for a two month Home Ministry Assignment. Before we leave here, Scot is doing his best to complete his dissertation, he will travel to Jordan to begin his TD role in late February, we will welcome visitors from the Metro District in March, he will defend his dissertation possibly in February or March, Maggie will come home for a two week Spring Break visit, Thomas will graduate from high school in May, and we will sell/give away almost everything we own in anticipation of our leaving in June! We also continue in our regular ministry responsibilities and hope to have time to say goodbye and end our time here well. Are your heads spinning yet? When I stop and look at the coming 5 months, I could easily slip into a panic.
But God is in this. He has called us and he has been faithful in the past to get us through what needs to happen as we transition. We trust in his goodness and we ask for your prayers! This move feels different even than our first big move overseas in 2004. Maybe because our children are older and we now have roots in two countries. And if I am being honest, I feel every one of my years as I think about starting over in a new country with a new language and culture. I am thankful that God has given us a love of people and culture and adventurous spirits!
Thomas was accepted into Lehigh University for early decision, which is a huge answer to prayer! He will begin school in the fall, which means we will transition back to Germany, leaving him behind in the US. This is a huge step for our family, and one that I do not believe you can fully prepare yourself for. Please pray for us all as we move into a new phase as a family.
Melissa Longley, our Envision volunteer and dear friend, is now unexpectedly in the US. Her visa was not renewed, and Scot is working hard to get her back. She serves as our field treasurer and our guest house manager, so we feel her absence keenly as we are called on to step into some of her roles. Thankfully, she is able to continue much of her job from the US temporarily. Please pray that her visa situation gets settled quickly! We miss Mel!
As we finish our time here, please pray for all aspects of our transition. Pray for our teammates as they face the upheaval that comes with our leaving. Pray for our local partners and friends as we prepare for a hard goodbye. Pray that we will be diligent and intentional about ending well.
As always, we are grateful for your partnership! Read on for more ways you can get involved in our ministry! We are thankful that you are walking with us through this time of transition and beyond!
Serving with joy~~
for all the Dresslers