Reflections – Struggles – Goodbyes

          Saying goodbye is rarely easy.  It’s all the more difficult when it involves loved ones.  Over the years, so many of you have become treasured friends.  What a sweet, sweet blessing from the Lord to have so many delightful people in our lives who genuinely care for our well-being.  You have made our journey all the more blessed.

          The goodbyes began with careers and co-workers.  Sharon hung-up her Real Estate license in December ’05, even before our first survey trip to Cambodia.  That’s an indication of the commitment we had made to the Lord, yet to see the land in which we would serve.  She has many friends from nearly ten years as an agent in the DFW area.  Several have an active part in our service to the Lord.

          Dennis worked as an Air Traffic Controller at DFW airport until July ‘06.  Although each controller has specific responsibilities, they must all work as a team.  Over the twenty-nine years Dennis worked with some delightful folks who remain a part of our lives to this day.  Saying goodbye was not easy.

          Before moving to Lubbock we said temporary goodbyes to friends and family.  Leaving our neighbors and friends from our hobbies such as racing and caving brought extra tears.  Even now, when we reflect on the precious souls who have been a part of our lives, we are inspired all the more in our mission.

          Then there was Sunset!  Both the church and the school made a huge impact on our lives.  They’re made up of some of the finest people Jesus ever sanctified.  May God bless you all the more for what you have poured-out on us!  Our class was a delightfully interesting mix of God’s children.  The struggles and burdens we bore together sharpened each of us all the more.  Please hear our hearts that it was truly hard to say goodbye to everyone from Sunset.

          Finally came the time to get on the airplane and fly away.  The summer of ’08 saw us visit family and churches all over the USA.  Each parting flowed with tears and “hope to see you again soon” or “see you soon on Skype.”  Anticipation of being left with only photos and memories tugged at our hearts.  And yet, each of you is a part of us and all we do for our King.  Keller gave us a grand send-off complete with surprises, gifts, hugs and more tears.  We are so honored to call you our partners and sponsor.

          We can’t put into words how hard it was to say goodbye to Michael, Ethan and Autumn…well, maybe you can imagine.

          Often, one must leave all behind to deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Jesus.  We pray our tear-stained footprints leaving you miles distant are walking toward the marvelous light of our Savior.


About Mission Cambodia

Dennis and Sharon minister in Phnom Penh to share the “Good News” of Jesus to the Cambodian people. Dennis trains in sowing, watering, disciple-making, church-planting, discipleship and leadership. Sharon directs the SNACK Program, an holistic outreach to poor, malnourished children and their families in the Cambodian countryside.
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8 Responses to Reflections – Struggles – Goodbyes

  1. Dale Bankhead says:

    We hold you in our daily prayers. We saw David & Olivia off yesterday, they fly out Wednesday. Our prayers and love go to each of you. Your courage and commitment for Christ is humbling to us. Ya’ll keep the faith.
    Love you both,

  2. Truman Scott says:

    Dear Ones:

    You have stepped in line with men and women of like mind and dedication of heart who have found God always faithful to His promises and unsparing in His blessings. Enjoy the pain with the challenge.

  3. Sandy Detherage says:

    You have said, “Good-bye,” but you haven’t left the hearts of those who continue to love you! May God bless you richly as you serve Him in Cambodia!

  4. We are so encouraged by each of you. Thank you for your love and prayers. Though we are far apart what a blessing it is to be united in spirit and truth. May God continue to bless each of you richly!

    In His Service,

  5. Lori says:

    So glad I found your site. It’ll be a great way to keep up with what y’all are doing. We’re praying for you both.

  6. alisha dawn says:

    I miss y’all both so much!
    I went to Carlsbad Caverns this last week and thought about y’all most the time. Thanks for all the good memories we have together.
    Keep striving to glorify Him!

  7. It sounds as if you are dealing with culture shock by the way you write the titles of your blogs. I could be wrong. It’s just that the last 3 blogs titles begin with “Reflections-Struggles-…” How are things? I have been thinking of you much, and yes, missing you! Although, I love you a whole lot more than I miss you!!! 🙂

  8. George and Hilda says:

    You two are such an inspiration to us and we pray constantly that you will remain God’s vessels as you serve Him and the people of Cambodia. Keep up the good work in language studies and just know that you are missed around here. See you soon!

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