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The Last Days
No, this is not an end of times, apocalyptic update. But, we are less than three weeks from flying back to the US to begin a new stage of life, again. We’ve done this kind of thing before—sell almost everything we own and pack the rest in small(ish) tubs or suitcases weighing 50 pounds (or less) and carry them half way around the world. This has prevented us from owning much stuff, especially big stuff. So, we’ve had a few “last days” in our lives in the past and we are in our last days now in Tanzania. We aren’t saying we will never come back because we never (or rarely) say never. As they say here, “Mungu anajua tu.” God only knows. We’ve had a few lasts already: last time through the game park, last rainy season, last speeding ticket (hopefully). The lasts that we still have will be the last trip to a village to show the Jesus Film, last trip to Dar, last dinner at “Street Chicken” (tandoori chicken grilled outside next to a street, it’s not really called “Street Chicken,” I called it that because I didn’t know what else to call it but it is the best chicken in the world and since I’ve had chicken on at least 3 continents in my life, I speak with self-appointed authority). These last days have given us a time to reflect on our time here. It has been an amazing season of personal growth and ministry. We have been truly blessed by God in many ways through His faithfulness, provision, and guidance. Thank you for being part of this season or our lives through your prayers, support, and encouragement. I hope this will continue into our next season.
Progress Update (can be read as prayer requests also)
One person interested in our car so far. It is possible by the time you read this it will be a “praise” instead of a request.
We have applied to a charter school in Cedar Hill, TX to send 3 of the kids for next school year.
We talked to a mortgage loan originator in Texas about our situation and he thinks we should be able to be approved for a loan without any problems.
Shonna’s dad arrives this week to help us pack. He and Grayson will leave next week and spend a couple of days sighting seeing in Dubai as kind of a late 14th birthday present. Gavin got a couple of days is London last year.
We fly in less than three weeks.
Here is the quick version of plans when we return:
August—Texas (to live and begin new roles with PBT)
We have and will continue to contact our supporting churches and individual supporters about visiting together during these months. Since we are continuing our service to PBT, we will continue to need to raise support for PBT.
Grace and peace,
Andy, Shonna, Gavin, Grayson, Garrett, and Genna
To donate, <PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS> please make checks payable to Pioneer Bible Translators or PBT:
Andy and Shonna Ingram
c/o Denny Wells
114 Thompson Trail
Bastrop, TX 78602
Or through online credit card-
Andy and Shonna Ingram Ministry
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