Friday, January 15, 2016
Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, AR)
Visiting good friends, the Bruners, in Searcy has become a priority for our furlough trips. And our friends list there has grown over the past few years as we've hosted campaign groups from Harding University in the summers. It was neat to see Bryan and Darla (Harding campaign sponsors) in the United States for the first time, after having them in our Vanuatu home the past two summers.
Our Arkansas visits have also allowed us to renew friendships in nearby Little Rock. Greg has been a mentor to me since we first met back in 2001, and is largely responsible for our decision to become missionaries. He introduced me to one of his elders a couple of years ago when I was in need of wise counsel, and Jim has been a tremendous source ever since. In addition to his monthly financial support, he encourages us through his “gift of emailing.” We look forward to his responses every single month. The Sylvan Hills church also gave me the chance to speak during the assembly, and wow are they an encouraging group.