There’s no easy way to say it.
We have decided to end our time with Mercy Ships after the Guinea field service. It’s been an extremely difficult decision for us, but we feel it’s the right one. It’s hard to even type these words!
We did not take this decision lightly. After much prayer and discussion, we feel like this is the direction God is taking us right now.
We have loved every minute of our time on board. It’s challenging to describe what it’s been like to be a part of such an extraordinary organization and community. Of course the patients and the surgeries have been amazing, but it’s also been pretty incredible living with people from over 40 different nations. We can now look at a world map and point to so many countries where we have friends.
The bizarre thing is that as much faith as it took to say “yes” to Mercy Ships, I think it’s taking just as much to return to the US. Of course we miss everyone back home, but the ship has become a new home. Jamie and I and the kids are all comfortable here. And now, there are so many unknowns. Where will we live? Where will I work? Where will the kids go to school?
I feel like I’m planning two futures. One for the ship (finding a new Anesthesia Supervisor and making sure the anesthesia team is staffed well), and one for our family.
Please pray that God would be leading us as we make these decisions. Sometimes so much uncertainty can lead to worry. The good news is that the Lord is faithful. When He calls us a certain way, He is faithful to provide. He has done that through our Mercy Ships adventure, and He will do it again.
Please pray for us as we prepare to make the transition back. Our commitment with Mercy Ships goes through the beginning of June. People have warned us that returning home after 4 years away will be a shock. Things will be different than we remembered. People’s lives have moved on, and we’ve been changed by our experiences abroad.
Please also pray that we would finish well. That while we are making plans for the future, we would also be present here and enjoy our last few months on the ship.
Thank you to all of you who have accompanied us on this journey. It has been an unbelievable ride!