We’re having a fun week here because Chris’ half-brother, Matt, is visiting for the first time.
For us as a family it’s just such a cool thing to have him here, because it’s something we didn’t really think would ever happen and it’s a blessing on a lot of different levels.
When Chris’ Mum was young she placed Matt for adoption and was able to meet him again for the first time when Chris was in his sophmore year of college. The beautiful part of the story, aside from the adoption aspect coming full circle, is that Matt was adopted into a Christian family who served as missionaries in Australia for many years. Since the mid-90’s Matt and his wife, Cindy, and their kids have served as missionaries in Albania. That’s why we didn’t ever think Matt would make it to Haiti to see us! He was already living half-way around the world :)
But, we’re blessed right now by a change in their ministry that has them on the home front for a while. They’ve said good-bye to their previous posting in Albania and are in the process of getting things started on a new ministry called The 631 Solution – a missionary care and respite center that they will be starting on the island of Corfu, Greece. The ministry will focus on helping missionary couples and families step back from their work to get needed rest and care to be more effective in the field. We’re really excited for them and are already trying to think of creative ways to go get some respite of our own once they get things started up :)
We love having visitors come. We love having family come. This visit is really fun for us because of the commonalities that we share – adoption, ministry, missions and cross-cultural living stuff. It’s so nice to not have to explain everything we do or how we approach things because there’s already a level of understanding there. We can just by-pass that and be understood in a different way. It’s restful. We’ve been having fun just sharing our day to day stuff and enjoying conversations that are encouraging and full of understanding. That’s such a gift! And, it’s so fun for us to see our kids spending time with family because that’s a hard thing to do when you live far away from everyone!
We’re going to enjoy the rest of the week and will catch up sometime later!