What a joy it has been to return to Vermont and the USA. It has now been just over a year since our return. I have visited Peru twice in the year since and will return again in July for two weeks with a mission team. I have become very used to our comforts and conveniences over here. It takes time overseas to realize how wonderful it is to live in the USA. It also takes time overseas to realize that we are not the only country of importance in the world - and that however poor we may believe ourselves to be (even in Vermont) we are in fact rich by comparison. Would we live without safe drinking water, sanitation, electricity?
I am still committed to working in the third world - compassionately and I trust humbly. In 2014 I shall be visiting Peru, Kenya, Madagascar and Myanmar. I sometimes think I gave up chairing church meetings for an airplane seat! God is so good. Meanwhile I have my own tractor seat here in Vermont. We have had a severe and long winter which was gorgeous.
Banjo playing has not been as often since returning. I have a lovely old 1924 Gibson Tenor Jr. which is my staple when playing with children for Sunday School. The five string string banjos seem to be taking some rest. Maybe time to thin the herd a bit? Guitars continue to bless and be played up here.
God is good! All the time.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @7:44:45 AM
Welcome home. I am humbled by your commitment to service in the 3rd World. Brad
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @12:23:36 PM
Welcome home. Safe journeys on your next excursions.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @12:24:05 PM
Good to have you back ... my mother in law just spent 25 days in Peru. She had pictures of waterfalls and mountains ... very nice !
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @12:38:54 PM
It is a gorgeous country and hugely diverse. Most of my life was spent in Lima which has huge shanty-towns and grinding poverty alongside some great wealth.
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