A New Year, Engagement, and South Africa

Happy New Year, everyone.  And oh what a year it has been.  In case you are wondering, I’ll be leaving for South Africa on Tuesday, January 6.  I’ll be gone for 11 months, but will have a much-needed 2-week break in late June/early July.  I’m so excited to go, but it is bittersweet.  I just got engaged to the most amazing woman in the world.  The Lord has been so gracious, merciful, and faithful to Carly and me.  We are so blessed.  I don’t want to leave her, but I cling to the Jesus’ promise in Luke 18:29-30:

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

It will be a challenging, hard, and painful at times to be gone.  However, I know that this year will bear so much fruit for me as a husband, father, friend, and minister of the gospel.  The Lord is faithful.  He has never let me down.  I don’t think he will now.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Oh, what a year it will be.

2 replies on “A New Year, Engagement, and South Africa”

I love you. And I look forward to being married to you–but I will enjoy this year of engagement. I’m excited to find out what the Lord will teach us through this whole process.


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