This Old (*Renewed) Blog

Inextricably, I notice this very day that it was been nearly two years since I’ve posted anything on this old blog, and it has also been quite some time since I’ve led a sentence with the word, “inextricably.” It’s time to change both of those trends, and it appears that I already have.

I will need to think a little about where this resumption of blogging should start in the flow of my consciousness and just where this is heading.

Nonetheless, it’s a good moment in time to step back into this as we’re fewer than 50 days from beginning an eventful journey that we’ve never taken before. Yes, we’ve taken “home assignments” before in our nearly 17 years of ministering in Mexico, but those were always 2 to 4 months long and felt like mini-trips (maybe even mini-vacations) to the USA.

This time it’s different. This will be a 14 month mini-move. Yes, we’re certainly planning on coming back to Mexico and resuming our ministry here, but we have much to accomplish in this lengthy absence from South of the Border. We’ll be visiting with nearly every person and church who partners with us in this ministry. We’ll be meeting new partners whose identity are only known by the Lord at this point.

We’ll be assisting both our boys in their different phases of “transition.” Having grown up in Mexico, they now find themselves as “Americans” who don’t really know what it’s like to live in the USA without the idea of eventually coming “back home.” They are “home,” but they don’t know where that really is. Home has always been wherever their parents are. So this is a transition for them and for us, and it is not an easy experience for any of us. Our worlds are becoming worlds apart. It goes with the difficult territory of taking the gospel “to the ends of the earth.”

We’ll be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this August. How is it that we have been alive this long, let alone married this long?! Just a few days ago we both said, “I do.” Now, we’re still doing and doing together though our bodies are not so spry and our minds are filled with so much more than our fuzzy dreams about the future including our now foggy memories about the past. What an adventure and journey into which the Lord has led us in these “last few days,” and I believe it will last a few days more!

So, tune back in if you haven’t tuned completely out. You’ll never know what I may come up with to entertain, to challenge, to disgust, and to befuddle you. I know you don’t know that because I don’t even know that yet. We’ll just have to see where the Lord’s steps lead our own.

To be honest, the only thing I do know is he always leads, his steps are always ahead of ours, and we simply need to follow his. How hard can this be? I’ve also learned to never ask that question. I don’t really want to know the answer. It’s more important to trace his footprints with mine and to ignore the degree of difficulty of the steps. He has it measured and under control.

Join us…rejoin us…the journey is just beginning…once again.


About alanbeth

What’s up? or rather, ¿Qué pasa? Hola, I’m Alan. I’m a missionary living in Mexico. We have a heart for MK Education and so we teach at a local Christian school with MK students as well as nationals and foreign students as well. I occasionally write or have a pic to share with you at my blog, Knowing Your ABCDs, which you can read with a click on the button above. You can read my blog with a click on the button above.
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