So it is Wednesday just before the trip.  I am sitting at my desk trying to tie up some loose ends before I go on my 8th trip with SOS Canada!  I can’t believe it has been 8 years.  Looking back on the transformation I have gone through over that time it is somewhat astounding.  I don’t necessarily know if I have “grown up” that much but I think I have changed and my life has changed immensely.  This will be the first trip that Melinda will not be going with the team since we got engaged.  That is going to be a huge difference and I don’t think I have quite prepared myself for how I am going to feel when I start to miss her.  10 days is a long time and we have not been apart for more than a weekend until now.  However, with the advancement of technology, we will not be going that long without any contact.  That makes me happy. 🙂  Personally, I have been struggling recently with depression.  I needed to take a leave of absence from work and after consulting with my doctor and counselor, they both agreed that going on this trip is something that will benefit me.  I am really looking forward to this trip and being able to spend time building new relationships and continuing old ones.  The Czech has a big place in my heart and being able to see God moving in this place has been such an encouragement to me, especially over the last few years.  I can’t wait to get my feet on the ground and update you all more about what God has done over the last year and to see how God moves through us this year.  Keep praying for us and again thanks for all the support through the years!

Much love and blessings,


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