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Prayer partner update: travel home with an unfortunate ending

March 24, 2012

Much has happened this past week. We didn’t give you any warning, but we didn’t have much warning either. This prayer update is long so if you prefer a summary scroll to the bottom.

Last Saturday (17-March) we found out Lori’s grandmother had died. This was hard to hear, but not unexpected as she had been declining. When we left the US in January we thought it would likely be the last time we’d see her. She lived a life of faith that has been an example for her extended family. Praise God that we were able to talk with her on the phone a week before her death. Lori wrote a little about her here.

We had expected that we wouldn’t be able to return to the US for her funeral. However, since we were so close to the end of our time in Solomons (before returning to the US to have the baby), we looked at the option of moving our tickets up. It wasn’t until Monday (19-March) late afternoon that we got confirmation from the airline of the new tickets – leaving Solomons the next day at noon. Praise God that it worked for us to return to the US before the funeral.

It was a little hectic packing everything up and finishing everything to leave in less than 16 hours. One of our family members joked that we’re getting practice at packing quickly. Praise God for our SITAG family, who helped us in countless ways and took care of many loose ends we left behind.

Praise God for how well the travel went. D slept for some of the flights, which means we got some sleep too. Going through customs and immigration also went smoother than we anticipated.

After traveling almost 36 hours and thousands of miles successfully, the last few feet were problematic. We drove through the night from the Chicago airport to get back to central Iowa at 5am Wednesday. But then Lori slipped on wet concrete as we got out of the car at her parents’ house. She broke her elbow and gashed her head – a deep 2.5 inch (5cm) laceration that required 9 stitches. So we took a trip to the ER Wednesday morning instead of catching up on sleep.

Praise God – the baby seems to be fine and Lori didn’t lose consciousness so there is little concern for further head injuries. Even though she has had significant pain over the last several days she also has been in good spirits about the irony of an injury a few feet from the end of our long journey.

So this all means lots more excitement in the last few days than we expected a week ago!

Please pray for:

  • Lori’s quick healing
  • continued good spirits even as Lori’s activities will be limited
  • Lori’s family as they continue to morn the loss of Lori’s grandma
  • all of us as we get over jet lag and adjust to life here, especially D
  • the baby’s continued health


  • we were able to talk to Lori’s grandma before she died
  • for our coworkers who encouraged us to come back for Grandma’s funeral and who helped us pack up so quickly
  • how the timing, airline tickets, and everything worked to allow us to return for the funeral
  • smooth travel and getting some sleep during the flights
  • Lori’s injuries weren’t any worse and the baby appears fine
  • the ability to be here with Lori’s family during this time of mourning

Thank you for all of your prayers!
John for all 4

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2012 8:53 am

    Wow! Praying for you guys….

  2. Mkis14 permalink
    March 25, 2012 8:25 pm

    My family and I have and will be praying for y’all.

  3. April 5, 2012 5:44 pm

    We just got back into Honiara, and we are having so much fun catching up on your blog. Thanks again for your willingness to come visit us in the village! We are praying for you guys.

    • April 6, 2012 8:48 am

      welcome back! We had a great time visiting you all. We hope your next few weeks in Honiara and all your upcoming adjustments go well.

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