Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hughes News #52

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends,
As our time in the States concludes, we look back at what has been a whirlwind of a furlough:
    -We covered 22,000 miles, just three thousand miles short of the circumference of the earth.
    -We traveled through 29 of our states and 3 Canadian provinces.
    -Our farthest points were in southern California, southern Florida and Newfoundland.
As we reflect on the past six months, we are reminded that a furlough, like anything else in life, has its blessings and difficulties.  One such difficulty is the volume of time on the road.  If we averaged 60/mph, we spent 367 hours in our car, or half a month just sitting in a vehicle!  One such blessing is the sweet fellowship with friends who are serving the Lord all over the country.  Another is the thoughtfulness and encouragement of our supporting churches.
Our flight is scheduled to take off from Chicago in the evening of June 19th.  In the next couple of weeks we will be finalizing plans for our first few days in Moldova.  Shortly after arriving, we will look for a place to rent short-term in Soroca.
After settling in our rental, much of our time will be dedicated to helping our coworkers finish the first floor of their home.  As much as we want to finish the work quickly, we do not want to overlook opportunities to build relationships or to share the Gospel in the process.  Please pray that we would be sensitive to God’s leading, knowing when to work and when to take time to speak with others.
In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes
For Prayer:
1. Us to find a place to rent in Soroca
2. The first floor of the Grosses home to be ready by August
3. Us to recognize opportunities to witness while busily working
For Praise:
1. Additional time with family before flying back
2. Calm still in Moldova in view of the continuing conflict in Ukraine
3. Financial provision: more supporters and generous love offerings

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