Hello friends and welcome to the final installment with the Shaw family in our roles as missionaries. It has been an interesting, wonderful, and troubling journey and we have prayed fervently for wisdom in making some decisions. God has kept us safe and we are thankful for all the prayers and support that have gotten us here.
Our family returned to Ohio on short notice in March for two main reasons. First, we were in Zambia as guests with 90 day visitor’s visa. The Zambian government made a statement that they would no longer be issuing new long-term visas due to the pandemic for the foreseeable future. They have STILL NOT started issuing new visas. Not great news for us. Second, as scary as Covid19 has been in the U.S., there is something comforting about walking through a pandemic in your own country where you know good medical care is available to your family. We are grateful to our bosses at Global Ministries for their quick action in helping us get home. It was an arduous journey.
What does the future hold for us? We don’t know for sure. We have made the difficult decision to leave Global Ministries and remain in the U.S. seeking some much-needed stability. Nick has been appointed to a church outside of Columbus part-time and we will continue living in the lovely neighborhood where friends are renting us a furnished home. We have dreams for what might come next, but we are trying to be patient for God to help reveal what is in His will. Life is certainly an adventure and we could not have even come close to guessing at this outcome to our mission work.
Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for simply reading our story. We have never felt alone. We knew all of you were with us on our journey and that God did not leave us. Now we have friends as well as a whole lot of furniture and personal items in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Someday we may return and until then…we’ll pray our stuff makes it back to us.
God bless and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
In the name of the Lord! Amen
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