This September, we returned to the USA. With uncertainty in the air and a baby on the way, our LCMS team thought it best to give us a good cushion of time between our return and the due date. We are sad to be apart from our brothers and sisters in the faith who remain in Sri Lanka. But we are also excited to see what God has in store for our family as we near the end of seminary.
The church held a farewell ceremony for the Vanderhydes. It was the first time all the pastors and evangelists had been able to gather since February. Some of the youth sang and played the keyboard, demonstrating what they had learned in the music program.
Dr. Naumann, Benjamin and Pastor Mahburg, after our last meal all together with the three missionary families.
Our last Sunday at church.
Benjamin was able to teach music in the Up Country once more and say goodbye to some of the students.
Vijeykumar, Edwin and Anoo came to our apartment at 11:30pm to help get us and our luggage to the airport for our 3:15am flight.
For a peaceful transition to life in America for our family.
For health for Mommy and Baby, due at the beginning of December.
A safe journey home to America.
That God provided this amazing vicarage to train us for ministry.
Thank you for your prayers & support
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