Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Asia Update

With the new baby coming soon, the to do list from the last year+ is becoming more of a priority!  So we thought we'd finally do a small blog update on our trip to Asia!  (Then maybe the baby will come!)

Thank-you to everyone who read our weekly emails, prayed for us and supported us.  All in all it was a good trip, although not an easy one!  We felt like it was an opportunity to go somewhere totally outside our comfort zone with our hearts open to God's leading onto the mission field.  We felt confirmed that we are where we're supposed to be in Edmonton during this season of growing our family and our business.  Business as Mission is something we still feel passionate about and are growing in ways to do that where we are right now.  

The most lasting impact we have taken from our trip is the relationships we made during those short 7 weeks.  It was beautiful to see the Bride working as a team to see hearts softened towards the Lord.  I took this picture when we all met together for church one time.  It reminds me of the verse "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15).  

Here are some more photo highlights from our trip!

Almost everyday I'd bath Claire on our balcony. You'd think it was to cool her off, but it was just for fun...when we got too hot we'd go back inside to the AC!  We kept our AC at a nice comfortable level for us, but when our other North American friends from there would come to visit, they'd say "BBBRRRR" and we'd say "Welcome to Canada!". They learned to bring sweaters!  

We all might have eaten our weight in white rice while we were there and definitely Claire did!  The food was really good, cheap, hot and fresh!  If anyone knows where you can get the sweet potato cakes in Edmonton, we owe you big time!  They were the best and we still dream about them!  

We took the train across the country for two days and that was definitely a cultural experience!  The most notable part of our room was the paper ring on the toilet that said it had been sanitized...although it looked about 5 years old!  And when you opened the lid, it went straight onto the tracks!

I miraculously killed 3 of these nasty creatures, at least one of them with a giant study Bible!  I know it sounds ridiculous but it was definitely one of the scariest things I've ever done!  Good thing we didn't have rats in our apartment!  

 Well now I'm gonna go have a baby!  
Laura.**--for Steve, Claire, Baby and me.  

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