Three years ago before when we first committed to coming to Ghana, I (Joshua) had a terrible dream. In my dream we were living in Ghana and our son (at that time we had only one) fell sick and died. It was a frightening dream; one that made me question if we were really being wise to relocate to Ghana for a season. Yet in that same dream, I sensed from God both a question and an affirmation. The question was simple: Do you trust me? The affirmation was more difficult: Your children belong to me. Yours is to love and care for them as best you can and leave the rest to me.
Well I never really thought too much about that dream until recently when our daughter was born with all her complications. The reality of our daughter’s situation has brought home for us in ways we never imagined (or desired) that our children really do belong to God and that our task and joy is to love and care for them to the best of our ability. It has also reaffirmed for us, in a hundred little ways, that God is trustworthy.
After almost a month in hospital, Pauline and baby are home. By the way her name is Reese Hui-zhen Akosua Settles. She takes Reese from Joshua’s mother, Hui-zhen from Pauline’s, and Akosua because she is a Sunday born girl. Reese is doing well: eating, sleeping, pooping and crying — all that one can expect from a month old baby. Her brother’s adore her and each more (much to the detriment of mommy & daddy’s sleep) rush into our room to see how mei-mei is doing.
An-An celebrated his 3rd birthday in a decidedly low-key fashion on 8th June. He is growing rapidly and daily surprises (and annoys) us with his energy, intelligence and assertiveness. Taylor is also doing well.
Aside from family matters, we (well mostly Joshua) are hosting the Global Project Team from the US, all from our ‘sending’ region of InterVarsity, the Southeast. A special joy for me is that students from both chapters at my alma mater UTK are represented — fellowships that I helped to plant and staff. They arrived on 29th May and as of now are in rural Ghana doing evangelism and social engagement work. When they return they will participate in mission in the urban context as well. It is exciting to see what God is doing in these students and what he will accomplish through them.
As we reach the end of the fiscal year (June 30th) we thank God for his faithfulness through you to us. It isn’t easy to be a donor or a friend and many of you have been both and more. We need about $5,000 to end the year well, so if you’re so led, please do give.