Wow! What a roller-coaster ride these months have been. Our plane tickets ended up being canceled and rescheduled five different times. Most were not a big deal, but one time we were totally packed up and heading for the airport when we got a call saying the flight was canceled . . . but we DID finally make it back to the States on July 7. Amen! Unfortunately, we had to pay many thousands of dollars more for the flight, but it was that or wait until October or so . . . maybe!
We rejoice that Caleb and Hannah are starting college on September 1, so they had to get back home. I am now trying to do the fatherly things to help them get set up to start their lives, including helping them get their driver’s licenses. Caleb turned 20 on July 15 and just got his learner’s permit to drive. Sometimes there are small drawbacks to being a missionary kid (MK).
In May, the roller coaster took another fast plunge. We had a motorhome to travel in on furlough, but it was vandalized just before we returned. It had some other problems and a bad transmission anyway. It would have taken over $5,500 just to get it drivable, so we decided it was not worth fixing.
We are so happy we found a 1993 Dynasty by Monaco. It is a 31-foot diesel with a Cummings engine. Everything works well, except for a few small electrical problems. We paid, or should I say, we borrowed $10,000 for it. (Yes, that is a prayer request!) Actually, this is a low price for what we got. It also gets 10.5 MPG. And please remember, it is actually cheaper to get a motorhome than it is to keep getting two hotel rooms and eating out all the time.
We had another blessing in Uganda. Our NGO, Mount Gerizim Baptist Ministries, has been approved and registered. We will now be able to get visas for Uganda with no problem when we go back. During the lockdown, the president suspended visa requirements, which saved us a bunch of money.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.
In His service,
Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof