This is our last day in the States, and we fly out to South Africa in just a few hours. It has been such a wonderful time in Georgia, connecting with so many friends, hanging out with family, and enjoying our first WHITE Christmas! Emi had so much fun here – especially with her grandparents and cousins. She has grown up a lot here. In the last 2 ½ months she has learned to walk, then run, then climb. She is saying lots of new words and making a ton of animal sounds too. We want to thank all of you for showing us so much love and hospitality while we were home. So many of you have graciously continued supporting us, and we say again that we could not do this without you.
This will be our last blog from AIM. Our two-year commitment has ended, and we are now being sent out by our good friends at SERV (www.servintl.org). We’ll be hitting the ground running, and joining forces with Global Challenge (www.gcex.org) as soon as we get there. We’re very excited about helping to train these young leaders as they serve orphans and other needs around the globe. Jodi will be working in a local community center with orphans and refugee children, and she’s very excited to be a part of that.
Please pray for our safe flight (and equally important a peaceful flight for little Emi as 15 hours is a long time for a toddler to be still!) Please pray for us as we will also be finding a rental house and moving in the first 3 days we arrive, right before training starts.
We love you and appreciate your partnership with us in making a huge difference in orphans’ lives! We hope you have an amazing New Year and that 2011 is Full of love, joy and the awesome peace of God in the midst of whatever you’re going through.
Marius, Jodi, and Baby Emi