Two weeks have passed so quickly, but I’m thrilled to report that I now have a lease and keys to a small 2 bedroom, 2 bath house in Pensacola! It’s within a mile of Interstate 10, adjacent to a major shopping mall, two miles from our oldest daughter’s home, and sits on nearly an acre of land (lots of room for our grandkids to play).
Tomorrow morning, I’m flying to Little Rock to load my second daughter’s household goods into a UHaul (for my British friends, it’s a “hired removal truck”) that I will drive back to Florida over the weekend. Friends and family will help us load and unload on both ends of the journey. I’m a little concerned about the weather, near freezing, in Little Rock and slippery roads on the way back. Thankfully, forecasts are projecting mid-50′s for Pensacola the next five to seven days. Please pray for safe travels as I drive the big truck and my daughter follows in her car with the three grandchildren. Continue reading →
Thanks to everyone for your prayers, e-mails, and encouraging comments regarding our announcement to move back to the states. We believe God has confirmed over and over that we’re moving in the right direction. Some of you have asked, “What can I do to help?” Here are some very practical needs that we have right now:
A house or apartment for our daughter & grandchildren. We may live with them for awhile until we get on our feet, but Sheri and I will eventually need our own place.
A dependable automobile that I could borrow until the first of February. After that, I’ll have use of the car that my daughter is using in Little Rock: we bought it three or four weeks ago through Craigslist.
A cell phone that I could re-activate (pay-as-you-go) or just borrow until the 18th of February.
Furniture & appliances. We sold everything when we moved to Wales five years ago, so we’re coming back empty-handed. Our daughter has everything but a refrigerator.
Donations toward our moving expenses. A 20-foot shipping container is $5,000 USD and, while we do not have furniture, we have lots of books and other personal belongings that need to be shipped back to the states.
Employment for myself, my daughter, and my wife.
If you live in Pensacola or the Florida panhandle, please get in touch with me via e-mail (my last name @ gmail.com) and I will contact you as soon as possible. It would be great to re-establish contact with you and I would also love to share our experiences in Wales (especially if you are a church leader and need a missions speaker in the future).
Before you bite into your next pulled pork barbeque sandwich, you might want to ask yourself â€œI wonder if this little piggy had noneâ€ as it relates to (what some insist is) animal cruelty. Several British organizationsâ€”including the House of Commonsâ€™ Environment, Food, and the Rural Affairs Committeeâ€”are insisting on new packaging labels, â€œto ensure that consumers know the country of origin of their bacon sandwich and that the animals were well treated.â€