While I have really missed being there for the past 5 or 6 weeks, I look forward to the day that we will all be on the island together again soon.
Not only do I miss my husband and teens, but I miss our little church ...
... I miss my dear friends. (We are truly in awe of the close, loving friendships that we developed in just our first 6 months there.)
... I miss our new Worship Center, that we moved into right before I had to leave the islands.
... I miss the beautiful banners that I was able to pick out for the new worship center.
... I miss the sweet & simple worship of our small body of Believers.
... I miss the hugs & the smiles.
But, I am confident that the Lord will bring us all back together very soon.
I was excited to hear Papa's weekly update yesterday (when he calls every Sunday afternoon to tell me of the morning's service).
... there were 69 people at church. (Last June, when we first visited, there were 25.) Just think, if the kids and I had been there, the attendance would have been 75 ... and if the Big Kids would have come, we would have had 80.
... there was a new member of the worship team. (A teen asked if she could join the worship team.) Papa said that worship was truly blessed this week.
... all of our "snow-bird" couples have returned from their winter homes in Arizona. Papa said is was so good to have them all back this week. He said that they LOVED the new Worship Center, and the beautiful banners.
... there were several new visitors this week.
... there were several people who returned this week, after not coming for awhile.
... Papa got several comments after service that this was his "best message yet". (I know that Papa's messages are always good ... but I guess the Lord gave him an extra blessing this morning.)
Yes. Things are GOOD at Our Little Church on the Island. (Hmmm ... sounds like a book title to me.)