News from Mark and Diane Vanderkooi
family, friends, and supporters;
hours in airports and airplanes, including 17 continuous hours in one
large (and, for economy class, remarkably comfortable) airplane brought
us at last to Indianapolis on May 3. We had been away for just shy of 3
full years, and this will be our 7th furlough.
to life in the USA was smooth. It was the small things, like stomping on
a clutch pedal that isn’t there, or basking under an unlimited supply
of hot water in the shower, that most reminded us that we weren’t in
Chad any more. Unlike some previous furloughs, we had no particular urge
to rush into Walmart, Best Buy, or Lowes. We were, however, a little
surprised, not to say mortified, to find missives addressed to us from
the AARP in the enormous pile of junk mail which had accumulated for us
at Diane’s folks’ place. It seems that we both turned 50 sometime
during this sojourn on the back side of Africa, and that put us in their
cross-hairs – quite prematurely in our opinion.
intend to send out a complete report of our work soon, but it is fair to
say that this has been one of the more satisfying terms of service.
Besides our daily routine of discipleship, running the radio station,
keeping an eye on the clinic, and working with the kids, we translated
Acts, Revelation, Ruth, John, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and a third
of the Psalms during these years. We managed to stay remarkably healthy
and the Lord graciously preserved us from a multitude of evils.
already seen quite a few of you during the six weeks we have been home,
and we hope to see many more of you before we return to Chad. We will be
living in northern Illinois until August 4, after which time we will
move to Springfield Ohio. We are scheduled to return to Chad on November