On January 21 we got the email we were waiting for! We are officially accepted by New Tribes Mission of the Philippines. We began working even more earnestly to sort, pack and make decisions. We started getting quotes on flights. We rejoiced with a wonderful turkey dinner.
That weekend we went to Dennis' brother's place. Dennis was speaking at their church on Sunday the 24th and we celebrated Button's 4th birthday with her aunt, uncle and cousins. We had a great time.
We returned home on Monday night. On Tuesday morning Dennis' dad had a mild heart attack. We actually didn't find out that it was a heart attack until Tuesday evening. He was taken to Kingston that evening. The next day they did an angiogram and discovered that he had some blockages in the arteries of his heart. On Friday he had triple by-pass surgery. He is doing well and was up and walking today. He will likely be coming home either this Wed. or Thursday. We'd appreciate your prayers.
We've seen God's grace through it all. All along we had been thinking we'd like to leave in January for the Philippines and couldn't figure out why all the steps seemed to be taking so long. We see that God allowed us to be here for this time and we are so grateful. We are so glad to be able to spend this time with Dennis' parents and hope that our presence will be helpful (and not too noisy!) over the next few weeks as Roger is recovering.