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Chapter 18: Home

Home.

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
—Isaiah 30:20–21

 

I recalled our first adventure in Poland while Loralie and Jack played tag in the Krakow Airport baggage claim: The dread of only having 3 of 4 bags in my possession, kids safely latched in their stroller, unfamiliar and unknown words pointing in various directions (does that say Exit or Welcome? Or, is this where we go to be questioned by immigration?).   Were my first thoughts, “This was clearly going to be an adventure!”….or were they, “God, what have I gotten my family into!”  But God!  He whispered in our ear, seemingly from behind saying, “Go.”  There were no feelings of dread, panic for the safety of my children, or doubt.

 

Relief overcame us.

Relief that our travels were finished (for this month).

Relief that our delayed and canceled flights, 15 hours total, over 3 flights and 3 countries had all landed safely and soundly (with less than 45 minutes of layover at each airport PRAISE THE LORD!).

Relief that we are HOME.
One of our good friends expressed these words to us.  “It is good that you have returned.  We are very pleased.  Not many people who say they will be back actually return.”   It hit home how God has used our return to give us a position that not many get to experience: We have built trust with those that we know.  May God continue to whisper in our ears where our path should go, and may we walk in it.

 

We had so much fun at the Sweet Surrender staff and English Club Christmas Party this past weekend.  Our good friends Tony and Rhonda, fellow M’s, did a wonderful job hosting the party!  All were “encouraged” to participate in the festivities; unfortunately I think there might be photographic proof of it! It was here that we realized how reserved (culture shocked?) we were last year.  I think we even left the New Year’s party before New Years!

 

On Monday we visited the school we mentioned in our previous newsletter, Bright Child.  Peace.  This is what filled our hearts as we entered.  We know that God is going to use this school in real ways for our kids!  We know that this is where we will be sending our kids for schooling for at least this first year.  This does increase our financial need for the year.  We will need to raise an additional $6,000 for this expense for the yearThankfully we serve a big God who will provide!  Praise the Lord!

This month we have a lot to be thankful for:

We arrived safely in Krakow, Poland.

We confirmed the school that our children will attend.

We confirmed the school that we will be participating in language studies.

We have fully adjusted after 1 week.

We have purchased all of our initial needs.

 

Those are some pretty big and awesome prayers to have answered!  Praise the Lord!

Remember in this time of celebration, we serve a truly amazing God.  He sent His only Son to us, to redeem and forgive us.  Though we hung Him on a cross, He still whispers in our ear (a very intimate act!), giving us direction and encouragement.  Know that He loves you more than you can imagine, He cares beyond reason, and He is an active participant in our lives (whether or not we choose to listen!).  At the end of the day, never forget that God is good.

 

We pray that God would make Himself known in very real ways this holiday time.  May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Please continue to pray for our family as we…

…look to fulfill our financial requirements for our children’s school and to complete our second year’s budget requirements.

…engage our friends, old and new, during this special time of the year:  sharing the Love of Christ.

…pursue our language studies.

…send our children to school for the first time!

 

If you are interested in sending packages to us in Poland, here is our address:

Attn: Graves Family

ul Zabłocie 25

30-701, Kraków

Polska

If you don’t want to pay shipping and just wish to send a private money gift, feel free to click the donate button on our webpage, www.gravesabroad.com

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  Please know that God uses your prayers and financial support in very real ways for our family.

 

May God bless you and keep you.

 

Much love,

 

The Graves Family

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