Friday, January 30, 2009
After an airline flight that felt like it was going to last forever and ever, we stepped off the plane, gathered our luggage, and stepped into a hugh crowd in the arrival area, and were immediately surrounded by smiles, hugs, laughter, tears, and praise to the Father for bringing us back! (You can read several reports about the event itself by clicking on the links to the side, or on these links - Dave and Joyce Owen, Ned and Marisol Farnsworth, or Melissa Heck). They have many pictures which you can enjoy. Anne and I were both overwhelmed, to say the least. This return journey has been the most dificult ever for us, mainly because we were feeling sadness at leaving behind so may people we loved. When we arrived, the Lord reminded us, "See? There are many people here who love you too." The welcome filled the sad spots in our hearts. We still love and miss the ones we love in the States, but now have a realization of God's supernatural love and power that remains with us. We'll have to trust the Lord to fill in the gaps for you, as these words don't begin to describe it all. We thank God for His love flowing through you.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Here is a post I "borrowed" from colleague Dave Owen's blog:
We make a lot of trips to the airport to see people off (sad goodbyes) and to welcome new and old friends to the islands (yea!). Last night was one of the happy trips to the airport as we welcomed back our long-time colleagues and friends Steve and Anne Stinnette.
They left over 18 months ago for medical reasons and for Steve to finish his Master's degree. With a close to miraculous remedy for Steve's eye and the degree completed, Steve and Anne are back to resume their ministries at PIBC.
In the short term, Steve will be focusing on his VP of Advancement (fund raising and recruiting) position, but will also be heading up our student life department. Anne will begin working in the office, but will also be working with the young ladies on campus. Steve and Anne have had a long time ministry on Guam and it was exciting to see how many of their old friends came to meet them at the airport. The students greeted them with a welcome song and there were lots of hugs. After the airport we headed to King's Restaurant so Steve could get some Chamorro Food.
We are glad to have them back and I know their Micronesian hearts are very happy to be back. Steve even jumped right back in to a planning meeting this morning. We are praying for quick recovery from jetlag and would appreciate you praying along with us that they will be able to settle back into island life, get moving logistics taken care of (mail, car, house etc) and that God will use them mightily as they minister here. Thank you Daisy for the pictures!