If you are a regular follower, you might have noticed that this blog has been quiet for quite some time. Let me catch you up.
We returned to South Africa in July from “Home Assignment”, a time where we all traveled in the United States visiting churches that sponsor the work we are a part of here. We also had some precious vacation time with family. We returned to South Africa in July and quickly put together the remaining details for a closing retreat for the YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission) group that was just ending.
Then in later July, we learned that my mom’s brain tumor had begun growing again. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. We had been so fortunate that the tumor did not continue to grow after the regular protocol of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. So, this was not good news.
I took a quick trip back to the United States for an important visit to my parents. I then returned to South Africa so we could receive this year’s group of YAGM in late August.
In late September, my mom had a stroke or seizure, likely caused by the tumor. It was seriously enough that her doctor truly believed she was days away from death. So, we all booked tickets and sped off to the United States. While we flew, I thought I would never hear my mother’s voice again. But I did. She rallied. We stayed. The kids went to school in the U.S. I kept up as much of my work as I could while we were away.
Finally, the kids and I returned to South Africa in early January. The kids needed to get back for a new school year and I had stayed away as long as I could. Jon stayed back for a few appointments thinking he’d be joining us soon.
Soon after we returned to South Africa, my mom developed an infection and passed away. We were not even home 2 weeks and we turned around to go back to the U.S. for my mom’s funeral.
We returned to South Africa late January and have since been in the throws of regular life. School for the kids. Work for myself and Jon. We are still feeling the effects of being gone so much and having so much of our time uncertain. And yet, we wouldn’t trade that extra time with my mom for anything.
So, we are home. I hope we’ll be posting more soon. Thank you for all of your prayers and support on this journey, but especially during the last 6 months.