"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. We worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you." 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

This blog is much more than our family and our crazy antics. After being overseas in Haiti for 4 years we prayed about coming back to the States and just still felt like God was going to use our family overseas...so here we go again. The big move to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and now the school growing and moving to Barbados. We just can't seem to rest until our family can love as many as we can to relationships with Christ. We always feel so blessed to meet the many people we get to serve with overseas, and of course love that you are reading with us as we serve in a new culture!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Foreigner

   I am a foreigner here in the Caribbean.  I still am even though some of my closest friends are people from here.

Every day walking around I get asked by strangers, "Where you be visiting from?"  
To which I reply, I live here.  
Yet they insist,  but where do you live?  
Here - Arnos Vale.  
Yes, but this is not your home. 

      This part used to aggravate me, because they base my home on my accent or my coloring. My kids know home as here for now.  From schooling here they saying common letters, instead of lower case letters.  They get proud and excited to see the Vincentian flag and know the national anthem by heart.  On a map they list the major cities of St. Vincent.

     I still will be foreign no matter how long we live here. And despite how hard I try or pray for or long for it is not something to be changed.  And when I look at Ruth from the Bible, I see the same.  I see she was continually known as Ruth, the Moabitess.

      It can be easy to focus on the cultural differences.  Maybe her dress, maybe her coloring, or her accent.  But, I love that Ruth's
story is more than any of that.  Her life was one of devotion and service and became a part of the story of the birth of Jesus.

    I love my home country and so thankful for it's many opportunities and freedoms and I love my new country of St. Vincent and am so thankful for the people here.  My heart and prayer is not to focus on my differences, but to focus on serving and loving.

Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you....
Where you stay I will stay.  
Your people will be my people and
your God my God."
Ruth 1:16

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