United World Mission
Dear Friends and Family,
After three busy and wonderful weeks in the US, I'm back in Oxford, wearing wool socks, long sleeves, and a stocking cap, while the rain outside pours down on my laundry as it "dries". It's good to be home.
This month we all traveled back to the States to visit family, attend my sister's wedding, and do some fund-raising. The time with family was great. In California we visited my parents and Michelle and I were able to spend a glorious pair of days in San Francisco (our first night away from the boys since Judah was born in 2004). I got to meet my new (now) brother-in-law, Bubba, who is an absolute joy (he will certainly be supplementing the family gene-pool, since at 6'4" he towers over me). I also was honored to officiate at my sister's wedding, set at dusk against a grove of cyprus trees in the rolling golden hills of the countryside. It was a beautiful occasion, completed by a walk through latern-lit fields under a full moon to the night's reception. We had a great couple of weeks in Illinois as well, staying with Michelle's family, where the grandparents spoiled the boys by taking them boys to the zoo, an orchard, and a museum, to name but a few events.
The trip to the US was also a great opportunity for us from a ministry perspective. I was given the chance to preach on justice at my family's church,where I had been dedicated as a baby and later converted and baptized. (You can download an MP3 of the sermon or stream the video here
). Some friends and family also were extraordinarily generous and hosted a pair of evening desserts for us, inviting their friends and allowing us to share our calling to Latin American with them. We also were able to have some great talks with the leaders of our respective parents' home churches, letting them know about our vision for theological education in the global South. We had a few people commit to supporting us, and are praying for a number of the people with whom we spoke also to join our team in the coming weeks.
I returned to England a week ahead of Michelle and the boys in order to prepare for a trip to South Africa next month, and Michelle and the boys are soon to rejoin me and rescue me from the perils of bachelordom (poor nutrition and isolation). Can't wait for them to get here!
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah and Asher Hays