For 5_kids_roche_percee_8the past 9 months, we have been running Gentle Hands from a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada, on a "furlough" of sorts. It was our desire to give our children a chance to reconnect to their North American culture. We braved the long cold winter and saw God’s hand in many things. The kids played baseball, soccer, did ballet, took art lessons, took taekwondo, went to Sunday School, went fishing, and spent hours just playing outside.
Gentle Hands staff struggled without us but they survived. We made several trips back throught out the year for paperwork and adoptions but they mostly did it on their own. What a test for them. They learned to pray, I know that.
Evan was able to start his graduate studies in education and will be teaching full time at Faith Academy, the missionary school, where Jason, Noah and Elijah will be going to school. We are so excited. Merry Faye and Sarah Joy will homeschool with me for at least the next year.
Our filipino son, Jason, leaves this morning, all on his own, because he doesn’t have a visa to travel through the USA.  He packed his bags and cheerfully said, "Don’t worry, mom. I won’t get lost." (I don’t think that eased my mind any…)
God has been so good to us and we are thankful for all the friendships we have made, the green grass we have run in, the cool clean air, the wide open prairies and the beautiful sunsets. It has been good.
As I say goodbye to our little Saskatchewan house, I tuck away all the memories. They will need sifting and revisiting as we go back to a much more demanding and intense life style. But our hearts are ready to go- our children are anxious to get back to their "real" home and we know their is much work yet to be done in the rescue of children and boys.
Our children are so brave and so strong. The grace that God has given them is amazing…  and I am so proud.   
There are many ways you can help us as a missionary family- we have visas to pay for (to stay in the Philippines), airline tickets, setup expenses, living expenses, school costs for our children, and we need a new vehicle.
Most importantly, pray for our children as they move once again to the other side of the world. 

We do sincerely thank you for your partnership in prayer and in finances. You are the reason we are able to continue on with the call of God on our lives and the reason we can go home!

For love of the poor,

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