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Well, I have been keeping this bit of information private for too long. On October 29th, Kami told me that she would be my wife! Immediately after getting back to Lima, I asked Kami Hill to be my wife! I couldn’t wait any longer, and thankfully she said “Yes”!
The wedding date is set for January 14th in Lewistown, Montana. We are hoping for a white wedding, and I can’t wait for us to be Mr. & Mrs. Mark and Kami Clancy. We are looking into starting our own website, so I will keep you posted. And more stories to come…
After nearly two months in the States, I am making my way back to Lima. There is a good chance that I was not able to see you during my time State-side, and I am sorry about that. The last several weeks were very busy, and many things that needed to be done were left undone. All in all, my time back home was an incredible time of refreshment, renewal, and adventure. There were trips to Montana, Ohio, and France. There were visitors to Houston, including the beautiful Kami Hill. There were road trips, conferences, and a trip to the farm. There was Aggie football and Texas Rangers baseball. There were plates of quesadillas, enchiladas, barbecue, hamburgers, nachos, chicken sandwiches, and lots of delectable desserts. My new favorite is the banana shake from Sonic, which tastes like liquified banana pudding – praise the Lord!
But the best part of being home was the time spent with loved ones, both new and old. Conversations with my parents and friends were wonderful. Seeing my brother and his family was great. Making the trip to Montana to meet Kami’s family couldn’t have been better. Going to my home church and supporting church were fantastic. Friends, family, and new acquaintances truly are what make the world go round!
While you might be curious about this girl Kami that I keep mentioning, just stay tuned for more information. You might be shocked at what you read next! How is that for a cliffhanger.
Time in the States has been absolutely wonderful, and incredibly busy! Between seeing family, friends, eating great food, traveling, seeing the Aggies’ football season opener, going to church, and going to Montana to meet Kami’s family, I have been bouncing from one place to another. Even though sleep has been deprived and time has been crunched, every moment of my time in the USA has been very blessed. I was even able to be here when my friends Nick & Teresa Smith welcomed their second daughter into the world! Please keep Macey in your prayers as she will hopefully be released from the NICU on Monday.
It has been faith-building to see God’s hand in so many events surrounding this furlough. My first two weeks have definitely been a time of renewal, encouragement, focus, and prayer. In addition, it has been a time of thinking and dreaming about the future. I ask that you pray for the Lord to give me wisdom and discernment in all that I do. And I pray that God is blessing you as you seek to know Him more.
After a long day of travel, I finally made it home last night around 8:30. Great time with my parents, a hot shower, a brief conversation with Kami, and a super comfortable bed. Air conditioning, a dryer, carpet, and really good coffee. Life doesn’t get much better than this! Thankful to be home for the first time in 20 months.
Unlike the song, I actually am “homeward bound”!! And I am super excited! Currently I am in Guayaquil, Ecuador at La Casa de Romero, located downtown. Looking out from the seventh floor balcony, you can see much of the city’s center. Since arriving last night (after a 30-hour bus trip), it has been fun to explore downtown, chat with some Spaniards from the Canary Islands, take a hot shower, and talk with Kami (if you don’t know who Kami is, just you wait…or check Facebook).
As it turns out, for the dates that I was looking at, flights from Guayaquil to Houston were much cheaper than those from Lima to Houston. So, with my travel fundage lacking, I had to suffer a quick trip to Ecuador. Then, starting tomorrow morning (6ish), I fly to Bogota, Colombia – Mexico City – Houston, arriving around 7 pm. On the positive side, I am looking forward to lots of reading time. On the not-so-positive side, layovers and transfers will not be ideal. Thus far, my time away has been an amazing time of reflection, reading, and dreaming. I am excited to have some time to step back and reflect upon the things that are going on in Lima, as well as to dream and pray about the future. And of course I can’t wait to see family, friends, and to eat lots of yummy American food. Homeward bound, I wish I was, homeward bound…
…is one way to greet friends here in Peru if you haven’t seen them in ages. And, seeing as I haven’t posted in forever, I figured that it was an appropriate title. Life in Lima has been great lately, minus last week’s sickness and the overcast winter skies. But even those have brought their blessings, such as the care and concern that Peruvian friends have shown in the midst of fever, congestion, and all-around nasal nastiness. Sadly, I missed one of the two sunny days that we had recently, but I was able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful blue skies and sunny weather that are such a rarity during these winter months.
It has been wonderful to have the Yoakums back in Peru and hear their stories from their furlough in the States. The Fletchers also just returned from a brief vacation to the States. I must say that I was slightly jealous of their tans and their stories from the land flowing with Dr. Pepper and barbeque sauce. But, I can’t complain too much for soon I too will be back in the land of free refills and super-sized meals. That’s right – I’M COMING HOME. For the first time since December 2009, I am heading back to the land of the free and the home of the brave! And I am pumped. If you are actually reading this post, there is a good chance that I will see you during those few weeks. How exciting it is to think about rekindling old relationships, as well as indulging in gastronomical delights that have been no more than dreams for over two years. Needless to say, I can hardly wait.
But until late August, I am still here in Peru. And that means Bible studies, prayer nights, a trip to the jungle to visit our Christian brother Luis, starting up small groups, looking for another apartment, getting to know our four new interns, saying goodbye to Brad (our most recent intern), last minute shopping, and various other random tasks. As ministry continues to move along, I am constantly reminded of our need for the power, direction, and wisdom of our heavenly Father. If you think about it, please lift up to work here in Lima in your prayers. For it is only by the grace of our Lord that we can do anything of note in this world. To Him be the glory!