I’m currently on my first support raising road trip, which has taken me up to our old stomping grounds in the Chicago area. I drove up last week, and as you can see from the picture to the right, I had one slight problem on the road – my front right tire blew out on the interstate – which generated an automotive version of that airplane turbulence that we all hate. Thankfully, I was able to get over to the shoulder safely and get the tire fixed quickly.
However, while the trip didn’t start off as smoothly as it could have, the rest of it has gone quite famously. I’ve been able to connect with a lot of old friends, share with many about what God is doing in Japan, visit Crossway Publishers and record a video intro for my forthcoming Exodus study, and had the privilege of preaching at Missions Sunday for our former church up here, New Covenant Church of Naperville.
In the midst of all this fun, though, I have to confess that I really miss my family. I’ve been looking forward to this trip, to be sure, but I’m looking forward even more to going home and seeing Caroline and the kids.
Speaking of which, I also have to say that I’m extremely grateful for the service my wife is performing at home while I’m gone. It’s easy for people to recognize what I’m doing as I’m up preaching in the church and getting videoed in a publishing studio, but she is the one doing the most important (and much more difficult!) work of taking care of our children by herself. And to top it off, all three kiddos have gotten sick while I’ve been gone. I’m so grateful for her doing this quiet and faithful service. If you think of them this week, please pray that the Lord would bring everyone back to full health — and that I don’t pop any more tires on the ride home!