Monday, February 6, 2012
Tim And Dan
This is a photo of my husband (in the green shirt for those of you new to the blog) and his brother Dan. Rachel quickly snapped the shot on Friday night. Dan and Sharon are missionaries in Senegal, West Africa. That is where Tim and Dan grew up - their parents being missionaries there.
Dan was home for leadership meetings in Florida, and Sharon had been home to help their daughter Shelly with some health issues.
We were blessed to have spent time with Sharon while she was home, but Dan had been in Florida and then Missouri. They stopped by on Friday for about an hour. We were so glad for the time that we had.
They left yesterday to go back to Senegal. They love their work there and the Africans that they work and worship with. They love the missionaries who are co-laborers with them. But when they return to Senegal, they leave behind two of their four daughters.
These two live and work here. They must be separated from them, though these days they have Skype and can talk to them face to face, it is hard. Their other two daughters are in Senegal - one lives with them and is in high school, the other is a missionary herself and lives many hours and rough roads away from them. They will get to see her in April when the missionaries there get together for a field conference.
Tim, Lindsay and Emily are planning to be there, too. They will be making a special trip to Senegal in early April. For Tim to visit the place he grew up - they will get to spend the night in the village where his parents lived and where he grew up until he was 12. For the girls it is a chance to not only see where their Dad grew up, but it is a chance to travel, to meet missionaries, and to see a land that is a part of their family heritage. They have two uncles buried there - one as a infant and one as a ten year old boy - Tim and Dan's brothers David and Joey.
These losses, as well as their life in Senegal shaped the men that Dan and Tim have become. They are gifted with different strengths but both learned from their parents to put others first. They both have hearts to serve the Lord.
They are looking forward to the trip - they are in the process with their passports, and starting to think of what they need to take. It will be here before we know it.
We are praying for the elections that will take place in March - there is always some unrest, but their has been more this time due to the current president deciding to run again. We pray that this country, which has had great stability, can continue to be an example to other African countries in this way and that the unrest will settle down quickly after elections.
Dan and Sharon will be home by now. Back to their everyday lives there and missing their girls here very much, and their parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and now even great nieces and nephews.
We pray for the Lord to bless them and encourage them.