Then, yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when the Post Office called and told me to come at 5 pm to meet the customs agent and pick up 2 more packages! These were from the ladies' group at my home church, Word of Life, in Louisiana. I heard that for their Christmas party, instead of bringing gifts for each other, they brought things for our family. We were awestruck and speechless and SO excited when we dove in discovered all the wonderful gifts they sent.
Here's Abi, sampling her first ever graham cracker! I told her little children in American eat those before they even have teeth. =)
The 2 packages from Word of Life were packed full of goodies such as, instant pudding, cheesecake, toys, books, jewelry and clothes (expensive and perfect fit!!!) for me and Hetee. Each item was special and we appreciated how much love and service went into both boxes. It was such a blessing and we were so touched that they thought of us and blessed us in such a powerful, tangible way. Not that it's about the stuff, although it's nice to get things from back home. It's about feeling loved and thought about even when you're going through a dry patch on the field or in ministry or in your personal life. The fact that someone thought about you and spent money and time on you makes you feel like a million bucks!
And, of course, the best part of receiving a care packages is...
Thank you all again and again!
I also have to say another thank you to Living Hope Church and to Pastor Keith and Penny and to Brad and Sara for purchasing a laptop for my husband. He got it this week and has already began working on some translation. He and I are so thrilled and feel so blessed, again, by you guys!
Everyone, THANK YOU!