The First Of Lasts

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How was your Thanksgiving?

We hope it was a great time filled with friends, family, and (most importantly) food.

Rachel and I had a blast visiting our family. We got to see all of the Goins side on Thursday and the English side on Friday. Needless to say my belt is feeling a bit tighter after three Thanksgiving meals.

We reflect on the weekend with so much joy and thanksgiving (that’s the whole point, right?), but also with a hint of sadness.

You see, we realized at some point throughout the weekend that this was going to be our last Thanksgiving here in the U.S. for a while. There was a moment where Rachel and I looked at each other and could tell what the other was thinking. All of this is going to change soon.

This will be our last Thanksgiving,
Soon we will celebrate out last Christmas,
The way we celebrate birthdays will be different,
And so many more changes.

Too many to count really. It’s going to be different.

We approach our transition to Lesotho with so much hope and excitement. Rachel and I are truly blessed to have this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. But in the midst of so much happiness this last weekend, so much laughter and joy (and gravy), we saw a glimpse of the sacrifice we must make to follow Jesus’ call on our lives.

“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.'”
Luke 9:23-24

We ask for prayers over the coming months as we prepare for our time in Lesotho. It’s going to be such a rewarding but challenging time for us.

And we also ask for prayers for our family and friends. This is going to be a challenging time for them as well, and we are most grateful this Thanksgiving for their continued love and support.

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

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