I am sure many of you are aware of the situation in Ukraine, at least to some extent. In the past few weeks, the violence has only been increasing. Less than 25 miles from us, on the Russian border, Russian troops were gathering and about 10 miles from us the Ukrainian military was training. From our home we could hear the explosions and even feel a slight rumble. At night, the sky lit up and looked on fire. Many of the Ukrainians believed that if war was to break out in the country, it would be in our front yard. There may be no danger of a major war there, but there was still the threat. Even the locals were becoming more bold in their threats toward us. After much prayer and counseling with the locals, Pastor Scoggins (from ANTBM, our mission) and Pastor Rhew (our pastor), we decided that for the safety of the family we should come back to the States for a little while.
We are keeping in close contact with people there and want to get back to them as soon as the Lord allows. We want to make sure that we keep you as informed as possible and that we have an open line of communication. To do that, we will be trying to email out a weekly update. We also look forward to visiting with some of you during this short mini-furlough. We understand that many of you may not have the extra finances for an surprise missionary visit, and we do not wish to be a burden to you. We greatly appreciate your support over the years. If we are in your area we may stop in just to be a blessing to you and if you would like, we would be more than willing to share an update with you as well.