Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A time to celebrate!
Since we last wrote, we have been preparing for our trip to the US, which begins on the 4th of July. It has been a time of celebration, and reflection. We like Peru, and we like the US. So, we find ourselves both excited about our plans ahead over the next few months, and a bit sad about the adventure that we leave behind, a mixture typical for every time we depart and typical missionary transition stuff.
We have visited Machu Picchu, an awesome archaeological site on the "eyebrow of the jungle" in the sierras.
Lydia finished her high school classes, attended her senior prom, and will be graduating this week. That is a major milestone. We are very pleased.
Julie and I have celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. An awesome event with an awesome companion. I have enjoyed the adventure, and I have reenlisted with my best friend (my beloved) for what could be 30 more years (but I can not believe the numbers are getting as high as 30).
Peru has just had final round of presidential election voting. The new President takes office on my birthday which is also the Peruvian independence day, towards the end of July. So, Peru is preparing for a celebration.
Now that Lydia is about to enter college, Julie and I will be taking time over the next few months to prepare for that as well as to prepare for what an empty-nest Mudge household would be like. Lord willing, we plan on a fruitful ministry adventure together, with the supporting cast of friends and family, people like you.
Julie and I have had a consistent number-one desire over the course of our lives together. It is this, and it is our prayer, which we would like you to pray with us, as a way of celebrating the adventure in the Holy Spirit with us: "we would like a word of knowledge and in-flooding of the presence of Jesus Christ, a certainty about what it is that we are supposed to be doing."
God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.
Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia