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July 11, 2011 Preparing to Travel

July 11, 2011 - 3:35 am - Posted by Brenda Matthews

It’s coming down to the wire. I wrote this blog yesterday and tried to publish it a few minutes ago, but it seems to have disappeared. It also seems like garble was sent out instead of the message, so I’ll try to recreate it quickly. I’ve been up all night working and have the day full of last minute details as I leave tonight for Lima and then Wednesday night head to the airport for my Thursday morning flight to Canada. I hit the ground running beginning the medical appointments that afternoon.

I’ll be based in Paris, Ontario again, but this time I’ll be arriving to an empty home as my friends will be on a mission trip to Haiti. The silver lining to that cloud is that I will have the use of their car and be able to pick them up just before I leave on my trip within a trip. Thanks again, Cathy and Bruce, for your incredible generosity!

Peru restricts the time I can be out of the country without losing my residency, so I’ll probably have to take more frequent but short Home Assignments, and I’ll need to focus on a different group on each trip. This time the focus is my support base in western Canada and US. It’s been about twelve years since I’ve done that trip and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again! I’ll have a few weeks in Ontario before and after the trip and will be able to visit all my supporting churches and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. The only several-day trips in Ontario are to Bothwell/London the weekend of July 24 and to Welland the weekend of August 14th. If you are in those areas and would like a visit on either trip, please e-mail me or call me. My number in Paris will be 519-442-2896. For others in the Paris/Brantford and surrounding areas, let me know if you’d like to get together during the week because my Sundays are full.

I’m sharing my itinerary here so that if you’re in the area of one of the cities I’ll be visiting, hopefully we could get together. I’ll be checking e-mail as often as possible or you could call me.

August 18 I’ll start the trip out west by first flying south and arriving in Hudsonville, MI.

August 22 I leave for Cochrane, AB

August 25 or 26 I’ll be in NW Calgary, AB

August 28 I’ll arrive in Three Hills, AB

September 5 it’s back to SW Calgary, AB

September 9 I’ll visit in Portland and head to Lebanon, OR

September 15 I’ll visit in Tualatin, OR on the way to Union, WA

September 18 or 19 I’ll arrive in Seattle, WA

September 21 I’ll fly back to Paris in time for a ladies’ retreat that weekend.

October 12 I’ll be heading back to Piura with two friends who are coming to visit, so that will be a fun trip.

The following people have the phone numbers of the homes I’ll be staying in on the trip and my cell (only in Canada, eh!), so you could contact them for further information:

Gary Bowman, TEAM, 630-440-8840 cell phone

Emily Toccoli, TEAM Wheaton 630-653-5300 office

Suzanne Leak, TEAM Canada 1-800-295-4160 office, press 1 for Suzanne

I do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and to sharing about what’s been happening here in Piura and what the future plans are as well as to catch up on what’s going on in your lives. Please pray for safety and health, for good visits, for the Lord to supply all my needs (finances is just one area), and for times of spiritual refreshment.

May God bless each one of you!

Brenda

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