Latest News from Rod and Margi Powell
Leaving on a Jet Plane
After two non-Christmases here in the not-so-Holy Land, we're coming home to Portland for the holidays! And, boy or boy, are we ever excited! Our kids, their spouses and our grand baby, Evie, the little Green Bay Packer, will also be there.
I'm not gonna lie, Rod and I are feeling in need of a break. In our kind of work, the line between ministry and personal life is often blurred. Our small flat is a kind of drop-in center for quite a few people who have all sorts of personal problems. Just today, one of our residents shared a deep, personal secret that breaks our hearts and occupies our thoughts and prayers. Weekends tend to be particularly busy and mid-week days off are proving elusive. They say that a change is as good as a rest and we hope that our time in the States will be just that. (We'll be in the Northwest from December 16th - January 9th.)
We'd sure appreciate your prayers for us and those in our little community:
One of our residents, Sveta, is finally, after a very long delay, flying to Ukraine on Saturday to visit her dying mother who she hasn't seen in fifteen years.
And two of our guys will stay in a nearby rehab center while we're away. A change of scenery will do them good as well.
You may remember Jennifer and her baby, Katie. They have a wonderful opportunity to make a fresh start in a Christian community in Jerusalem. Do pray that Jen can move on from her toxic relationship with her addict boyfriend and accept the help that's being offered to her.
And, lastly, please pray for Rod and me to have good health over the holidays. He's been a little under par for a few weeks now and air travel often makes matters worse.
It's our tradition on Thanksgiving to go around the table and say what we're thankful for. Not surprisingly, when we count our blessings, we think of you.
Thank you ever so much for being there for us.
Love, Margi and Rod