Dear Friends and Family,
I’m dashing off a quick note before I finish frantically packing in preparation for leaving for Tennessee bright and early tomorrow morning. My mom’s family is gathering to celebrate the 100th birthday of my great grandpa Baker, and we are all looking forward to seeing each other, fellowshipping, and honoring the amazing, godly man that we are lucky enough to be related to. I fly out of Nashville on the 31st, so I have to be all ready to go before going to bed tonight.
God has been so good to me in these last crazy weeks—He has provided for needs, smoothed out problems, and encouraged me time and time again. I was able to enjoy a wonderful, relaxing Christmas with my family as well as getting to meet with friends for a final visit before I head out. I am so blessed by the people in my life—that you all for being such wonderful friends and supporters.
I will probably be able to update my blog and send out an “I made it!” e-mail near the end of the first week of January. The days between my arrival at Sakeji and the start of term are going to be rather frantic and full I imagine, but I’ll do my best to keep you posted with my settling in. To think—in a week I’ll be there! About that time I’ll be getting my Sakeji e-mail set up and making it my primary e-mail. Remember, I would love to hear from each and every one of you! Few things warm the heart when you’re away as news from home... Also, if you have my cell phone number, after the 31st if you call it you will find yourself talking to my charming father. I’m going to see about getting a Skype account set up and perhaps setting up times when I’ll be available to chat. Of course internet time will not be unlimited (satellite), but considering how just a few years ago snail mail was the only way to communicate, I’m very thankful indeed for the wonders of modern technology! A final note—if you want a copy of my prayer card, shoot me an e-mail and specify if you want a digital or a hard copy and I’ll work on getting that out to you.
Well, those suitcases aren’t packing themselves, so I had better get back to work. I look forward to this New Year full of adventures, challenges, and opportunities to grow in the Lord. I wish you all the very best of new years, and look forward to hear how He is working in your lives.
Yours in Christ,
Lina E. Burklin