Sunday, July 22, 2007

Quick Family Update

Wow! It has been quite a whirlwind since Lori and I returned from Spain. I have hardly had a chance to catch my breath, but I want to tell you about some of the highlights.

International Teams- We arrived at International Teams two weeks ago Sunday. We were all jet-lagged and tired from a long journey. I now understand why those OT guys like Ezra and Nehemiah would take three days rest after a long journey! We spent our first few days at IT, attending a debriefing that they provide for returning missionaries. It was a good time to help us begin the process of re-acclimating to the USA. We especially enjoyed hearing and learning from the stories of other missionaries who have also returned from overseas.

The Girls... have been cracking us up by some of the funny things that they say. Isa stood in the hallway of our apartment at IT and repeatedly turned the light switch on and off and said, "Dad, the bathroom light doesn't work!" We hid our smiles and explained that in the US most bathroom lights are inside the bathroom, not outside. The next day we went for a walk in the neighborhood and one of the girls asked, "What are those garbage cans on sticks for?" Once again, we explained to our oh-so-urban three year-old that not all mailboxes are slots in a wall in apartment buildings. We've had to explain lawn mowers, new smells, and why we just can't walk to the store from Grandma's house.

New Job and Location- I have accepted a job at Harvest Community Church in Schaumburg, IL as Pastor of Outreach. I will be coordinating local outreach as well as working alongside the church and their missionaries around the world. We will be moving to permanent housing soon, but our current mailing address in the Chicago area is:

Matthew and Lori Swain
411 W. River Rd
Elgin, IL 60123

When we have permanent contact info, we will pass that along. Shortly our IT email addresses will be phased out, so please keep in touch with us at:

swainster[at]gmail[dot]com and lori[dot]swain[at]gmail[dot]com

Ohio Trip- We are currently in Ohio visiting friends and family and will be here through the 28th of July. If you are in the area feel free to drop us an e-mail!

Finances- For those who have been supporting us financially we want to say thank you for maintaining your current financial support through the end of September. This has been integral in helping us move internationally and will continue to be a blessing as we look for a car, furniture and appliances.