Hello to our beloved friends and family,
We hope all is well with you and yours! We are sorry for the long delay between our newsletters. As time progresses, we seem to have less and less free time. This is not so much because the work load is increasing, but that we are becoming more and more aware of all the work that needs to be done.
We mentioned in our last letter that we have two sons who are facing serious challenges to their health. We had received permission to return home to be with them, and we made that trip from March 28th-April 10th. While we were there, we learned that Corey is improving, and since our return home, the news is even better. We are grateful for his progress and thankful to God for good doctors. Although Josh was not able to see us while we were home, we understand that he is also improving. Thanks to all who offered prayers for our sons. We sure appreciate it.
One of the things that we are learning here has to do with human character in the face of adversity. We will probably never fully understand, because we didn’t experience the same things firsthand. We realize that, because Albania was under Communist rule for 50 years, the mindset of the people is a bit different from what we are used to. We’ve listened to long stories about what life was like for individuals and families during this time in their history. It is unimaginable, to us, that a government would impose some of the restrictions and punishments that the people suffered here. There were also wars, invasions and revolutions. Modern day America has not experienced such a time. In Albania, we see and hear the residual impact of those collective experiences. Everyone knows someone who was imprisoned for their religious or political views. Some were executed. The result was a profound fear in the hearts of the people, and a healthy distrust for anyone they didn’t know well.