Greetings from Warsaw! I hope this update finds you well, full of peace, and enjoying this new season of hope! I love spring (as most people do) not only for the usual reasons like blooming flowers, budding trees, and the end of the winter dreariness that clings to this country. But it means that summer is so much closer and my family will have the chance to start exploring this city again. There is so much undiscovered in this historic capital – I feel like a bear waking up from hibernation ready to devour any tidbit of cultural nourishment I can find! Since I am from Alabama then it goes without saying that I hole up at any sign of cold and only emerge when the mercury rises above freezing temperatures. You can take the girl outta the South but you can’t take the South outta the girl!
As March arrived, we said bye to my dad, whom was able to visit us for nearly three weeks. It was a lovely visit and it was hard to let him go! The girls really enjoyed having “Papa” around to make peanut butter and banana sandwiches with chocolate milk. We loved the free babysitter as Greg and I celebrated our 9th anniversary in February! After Dad left, Greg and I flew to Barcelona to attend the European Children’s Workers Conference where over 250 pastors, Sunday School teachers and missionaries from 40 countries converged to strategize how to best reach Europe’s unchurched children. Dr. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, spoke the first night and challenged us to be advocates for children in the church and around the world. I’m currently reading “Too Small to Ignore” and I can’t believe how much what Dr Stafford writes lines up with our values as King’s Kids. It’s exciting! But the most exciting part later came when we discovered his book is translated into Polish!!! So rarely do we find resources in the Polish language – we plan to buy as many as possible to give as gifts to friends and church staff. As the conference continued, we met new people passionate about children, networked with children’s workers, and caught up with old friends. We also enjoyed about 8 full hours of sun outside (I’ll take what I can get) and returned home full of hope and ideas to pass on.
Two days after arriving back in Warsaw (which was white with freshly fallen snow!) Greg got hit with a bacterial infection that put him in bed for a week. I have never seen him so sick – it was terrible! After finishing an antibiotic he felt a bit better but needed another full week for his usual energy level to return. I, in the meantime, had a two day illness, and Abi woke up one night at 1 am screaming with ear pain! Greg took her to the 24 hour clinic only to have to wake up the doctor on-call who wasn’t very chipper to say the least!  Needless to say, we are all healed up but not without realizing the absolute need we have for prayers from the saints! I’m not one to “over spiritualize” things and it often takes something big before I see that more is going on than meets the eye. But our sickness this month comes at a time when we are preparing the students at Samuel School for our first ever neighborhood outreach. (Please read about the Easter event here so as not to make this email longer!) We are doing something new – something we know will be transformational in the school, neighborhood and lives involved. I’m absolutely positive that our enemy does not want this to happen!  Jesus says in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” So we ask for a strong prayer covering for us and the event that will happen March 26th. Please pray whatever Father may put on your heart to pray and intercede with us for this special day!

Spring Update
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