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“Needing” a furlough

March 15, 2010

It has been quite a ride!  Wonderful, yes, but also tiring.  We find ourselves wanting a furlough and possibly even needing one.  For our family, we have now been back in Africa for twenty-six months.  That makes us about five months past normally scheduled furlough time.  You knew that didn’t you?  You’ve been thinking to yourselves, “Where are those Koonces?  Shouldn’t they have been back for a visit by now?”  Well, even if you hadn’t noticed we have been gone for so long, we sure have!  It hasn’t been just about the time away, either.  It seems to have much more to do with what has transpired during this term.  What has transpired?

1. We ended our team’s fourteen year work among the Watchi, which we were a part of for the last eleven and a half years.

2. We moved moved our family and goods across the breadth of Africa from Togo to Rwanda.

3. We became part of Africa Transformation Network in Rwanda, a new work, a new team and new methods.

4. We went from a city of twenty thousand to over a million.

5. We began learning a new language.

6. We began learning a new culture.

and, 7. We even went back to visit the old work.

So, we are really looking forward to coming home for furlough in late May and seeing all of you.  Pray for us to persevere in these last couple of months especially for language and cultural learning and to be filled with peace and joy as we see this new work begin taking off!  Lastly, pray for us to have grace for the Rwandans as well as each other.

And …….

We’ll see you soon!  Blessings.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010 11:44 pm

    Wanna come to WA for a visit? Would so love to see you! This has been a crazy term for you guys. You have navigated it well by God’s ever-present grace at work within you. Love you much!

  2. Sandi permalink
    March 29, 2010 9:06 pm

    Sure would love to see you guys at some point. If you come to Nashville (or remotely near Louisville), let me know!

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