Goodbye to dear Family and friends! After 2 1/2 years of joyous, rewarding, and challenging time, we will return to the US, pursue full-time ministry situation

23 Aug

In every walk of life, it is abundantly clear that often times a single phone call quite literally can change your life.

Sometimes it’s news from the doctor, or the office, or one of your precious family members.

But it can also come from a stranger, who is only a passing acquaintance in your recent past, the one asked to pass on ‘bad news’ from someone in the chain-of-command. That is the China way, we have always heard, and now know it to be true.

We received that phone call on August 17 around 4:30 p.m. Beijing time, telingl us that Terry’s Visa would not be extended due to drastic changes at her language school that would not allow any foreigners to register for the new semester, essentially closing down the school.

It seems some students were using their visa for work opportunities, rather than for school, and when it became known, the school was immediately ‘punished,’ and Terry was caught in the middle. Of course, the student’s actions were against the law. They are closing the school, effective immediately.

It meant we would have to exit/enter the country and revert back to a 30-day tourist visa, which is quite costly considering it required two airplane tickets each time, plus cost to play the waiting game in that country for the paperwork to move through the process.

Our option? We decided, after 2 1/2 years of a joyous, rewarding, and challenging time in Jingzhou and Beijing, China, we would return to the United States and pursue a full-time ministry situation again.

Due to Terry’s age, they would not guarantee her entry into the one school where he age was not an issue, and because our present visa is ‘connected’ to the school now being closed, they will not guarantee offering me a spousal visa, even if she is accepted.

So this will be the final report on our China Adventure, which included two provinces/cities and began on February 14, 2011!

Saying goodbye thus far to Family and friends has not been easy, but they will have a special place in our heart for the rest of our days…and we hope to see many of them throughout eternity as they progress down that road of faith or begin that special walk with an awesome Father!

My nature is to get busy and move forward, so upon hearing the news, I began reworking my search material, which has been used when needed  for some 34 years now, for sending out to congregations looking for a minister.

I sent out over 40 that first night via the internet, and got quick responses during the night, one asking for a phone call, which brought a tryout in September in a area within 120 miles of people and places where we have lived and worked before. And I have now scheduled a second telephone interview from China, with 4 other congregations looking over the materials I sent to get back with me, which promises nothing but at least tells me they are still looking. God does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?

We will fly out on September 5.

Eric, Wendy, Brinson, and Aiden came through Beijing in January within two weeks of our moving here, on a teaching school break from Shiyan…and will come through on their way back for their second year the same week we were leaving. Again, we are so-o-o thankful for these special visits, and glad for Skype so we can stay in touch.

We are giving thought at this time to spending a few days in Searcy so we can attend this year’s Harding Lectureships, before heading in South Florida….if we do not find a job first, which would be a great situation. factors.

We are blessed to have Tonia, Gregory, Andrea, Colton, and Connor in South Florida, and available again for more convenient communications. 🙂

Your prayers of support and comfort have been greatly appreciated, and have sustained us in these awkward moments that bring surprise.

Greetings from TJ— Many complicated details. Long story short:  no school, no visa, no stay. Such a surprise. My human side is very sad, crying hard tears at first but my spirit knows He has a plan. He is watching over us and our students.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Everything is temporary. Make the most of your time. We have done what we could. No regrets.

Sunday we had our morning meeting (six in person, two by skype) in our apartment. Then, as planned, they stayed and ate lunch with us. The Japanese lady even brought one of her special dishes to add to the meal. It was a good time of fellowship.

The internet has been off in our apartment for large blocks of time making communication during this crucial time very difficult. Because we know time is short and we want to continue our individual studies as long as possible, we have already started packing. With our experience in moving, it will not take long. Kind of like “bugging out” on the old M*A*S*H television show. — Love you, Terry


Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Beijing


2 responses to “Goodbye to dear Family and friends! After 2 1/2 years of joyous, rewarding, and challenging time, we will return to the US, pursue full-time ministry situation

  1. Mary Peers Davenport Sauceman

    August 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I, too, am saddened for both of you, for Eric & his family, and, most especially, for those precious souls who have received your wonderful guidance over these past two plus years.I feel certain that your verbal teachings have been sound in doctrine, and you have given them a firm foundation of faith upon which to build. I also know deep within my heart that the most beautiful lessons given to them came from your own lives as servants of the Master. I continue to have deep love and admiration for you both.
    So, as I write this note, with tears in my eyes, I must say that I’m in total agreement with you, Terry. God’s ways are not our ways, and when given a difficult challenge, we must proceed with simple unwavering faith. In all of the years that I’ve known both of you, I’ve NEVER known either of you to proceed in any other way.
    You will remain in our prayers ~ we love you all so much! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love, as well, to Eric and his beautiful family…



    August 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Dearest Ones,

    Everyday we pray for you…and feel your separation pain as you pack up and yet continue to minister to those precious souls God has given you for a short time but also for an eternity. We rejoice that He has begun opening doors to other opportunities. So glad your China time overlaps with Eric, Wendy and boys:) Their sorrow over your not being in China had been a concern to us.

    We love you,

    Polly and Danny



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