Our Lord said, “I tell you for certain that a grain of wheat that falls on the ground will never be more than one grain unless it dies. But if it dies, it will produce lots of wheat. If you love your life, you will lose it. If you give it up in this world, you will be given eternal life. If you serve me, you must go with me. My servants will be with me wherever I am. If you serve me, my Father will honor you. (John 12:24-26. Contemporary English Version.)”
A little over 2 months ago, our family left all we had dreamed of, labored for, and a community we had lived with for 19 years. We sensed a call of God to return to our passport nation. We sold all our earthly possession except our memories. We came to the United States city of Chicago as missionaries.
When told, “Welcome home.”
We responded, “Home is heaven. This is just a temporary assignment.”
An old missionary friend of ours described the emotions of this transition as “It felt like death.”
Yet from death to all that seems like life on this earth springs forth great fruit.
This month we ask your prayers for the following matters:
1. Thanksgiving for the reunions of life. We are reconnecting with family, friends, and supporters. A special delight was last week seeing our foster son, Gabriel Mugisha Jacobs thriving (For more news see http://jenkinsinrwanda.blogspot.com/2012/08/visiting-gabriel-mugisha-jacobs.html, and photos see http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.452694121418131.107475.100000326419518&type=1
2. Thanksgiving for the discovery of new friends and opportunities. Within a few blocks of our Wheaton home live friends of ours from Africa’s Great Lakes (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and Congo.) Posted signs are even translated from English to Kiswahili. (For more news on our first month in the USA see http://jenkinsinrwanda.blogspot.com/2012/07/1st-month-in-usa.html.) It is obvious we are where God has called us to be.
3. Our children’s adaptation to life in the USA. In a few weeks they will all start school. Please pray for their academic, athletic, social, and most importantly spiritual adaptations to the USA.
4. Wisdom and discernment as our family begins a new missionary journey. Chicago feels much like Kampala in 1993 and Kigali in 2005. May God be glorified through this journey of discovery and service.
Mungu akubariki (God bless you),
Dave and Jana