These last 6 weeks have been some of the most stressful times in both of our lives, but now we are so happy to be able to say that we have a plan! We have been given the opportunity to manage a Mennonite Guest House in Phoenix Arizona. It all came together so wonderfully, and we feel that God has opened some doors for us after many disappointments. We are so glad to know what we’ll be doing after our return. The house is co-owned by MCC and Trinity Mennonite Church, where Traci did her Ministry Inquiry Program a few years ago. It was bought as a location to house the many MCC SOOP (Service Opportunities for Older People) volunteers who go to Arizona in the winter. We will work to keep it full the rest of the year as well. It is a large 7 bedroom house and is connected with a program nearby for disabled adults, where many of the SOOP volunteers work. The house was formerly named SOOP House, but is now going by the title Phoenix Mennonite Guest House. We are very excited about this opportunity! Jared will be taking a few classes at ASU as well. Having some certainty back in our lives feels really good, and I think we'll appreciate the remainder of our time here even more now that we don't have to worry about what comes next.
So here’s the plan for all who are interested.
July 4th – Jareds parents will meet us at the airport when we return from Guatemala. We will be in Harrisonburg until the 16th. In that time we will hang out with family and friends, get some needed new and clothes and haircuts, celebrate birthdays, maybe do a little work around our house and begin the packing process.
July 16th – Drive to Goshen to be with Traci’s family until the 27th. Don’t yet have any itinerary for that time, but I’m sure it will involve some days at Tonya and Jason’s pool.
July 27th – Drive to Lancaster. We have our re-entry retreat in Lancaster from July 3oth – August 2nd so we decided to go 3 days early and hang out with Jared’s extended family there.
August 2nd – Drive back to Harrisonburg
August 8th – Begin the Drive to Phoenix
August 11th – Arrive in Phoenix.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and encouragement through our uncertainty.