No Accident You’re Here

9 Jul

Five…four…three…two…one!!  It began in January 2010 with the words, “It is no accident you are here.”  Now, there are five days left before we go.  So I went to get my teeth cleaned.  Check.  Good shape!  Eyes, good shape but my glasses slip down on my nose.  Ears, iffy probably should have checked out hearing aids.  Other systems are all go.  Clothes packed, not sure on the emotions.  There are still more than a few goodbyes to say.  People ask if we are all ready to go.  18 months of preparation.  We are ready to go.  Have we thought of everything?  “You must have if teeth cleaning is at the top of your list!”  you say.  The truthful answer is that probably we have not thought of everything and that while we are ready to go it is not the same as saying we are ready to leave.  Leaving implies that you are willing to forget what you are departing from.  You could leave the Army after two years in Vietnam.  You could leave an abusive marriage.  You could leave a dirty diaper in the trash can at the state park.  You could leave a rotten tooth at the dentist office.  You could not leave for the mission field.  There is too much behind that you do not want to forget.  Our hearts are full of good memories.  Happy times.  Rewarding experiences.  Great friends.  Wonderful blessings.  Our hearts are full of faith and the same words still apply, “It is no accident we are here.”  At the threshold of a new frontier.  Our hearts are full with thanksgiving for each of you that have shared your love with us and hope with our hearts.  As we launch into this new dimension of service to God, we go in the peaceful assurance that He will continue to unite our hearts across the miles.  We could not go without your faithful support.  Our only expectation is that all things will bring glory to the Father.

4 Responses to “No Accident You’re Here”

  1. Twyla Schlipf July 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    We wish you God’s richest blessings! I am enjoying your blog. In a way it gives me insight to our daughter’s heart..she has been on the mission field for over 5 years. We just spent 12 days with her and today she returned. As hard as it is to let her get on that would have been harder to see her stay. It is God’s work, He delights in willing hearts to be His hands and feet..she is not the same person that left 5 years ago and neither will you be. God is faithful to those who are faithful. Blessings.

    • Allen & Susan July 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

      Your comment touched my heart deeply. The ones staying are making a sacrifice too aren’t they. Your daughter is very lucky to have that kind of support and love keeping the home fire burning, Twyla.

  2. Carol Klopfenstein July 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    The Lord has surely worked in both of your lives and will continue to work- continue to “grow you” and continue to mold you- we praise Him for you and will pray He will guide each step in the next months as you truly begin the new part of your lives- thanks for a nice evening last night- Dennis and Carol

  3. don and suzie fiechter July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Allen and Susan,

    Our hearts follow you – with our love and prayers and excitement, too – knowing that God is just as powerful, just as faithful, just as real in Ethiopia as He is in Bluffton. We are excited to watch Him work through you. We will miss you, yet stay close through email.
    We love you,
    Don and Suzie

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