On the occasion of our 8th year in the desert

Eight years ago today we landed on the Arabian Peninsula! We call it our "sandiversary." The Lord has been kind. We consider it the greatest privilege of our lives to serve his church in this place.

Here's a fun then-and-now pic:

Time would fail me if I wrote down all the marvelous things the Lord has done, proving over and over again that he is who he says he is. He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. His Son is worthy to receive the reward of his suffering-- namely, worship from the great multitude whom no one can number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. Perhaps in glory we will get to tell and re-tell stories to one another that proclaim the glory of God. 

Although my old blog, "Life in Arabia," has been offline for some time now, a few years ago I did get to republish this testimony about something God did the day after we landed. 

And because cheeseburgers and ice cream are great complements to reflecting on God's goodness, we plan to brave the heat and do that tonight with our kids.