Well, our amazing sabbatical time is over, and tomorrow morning it's back to reality!
We are so very grateful for all of the amazing experiences we have shared - two wonderful weeks in the Holy Land with friends from Concordia and other Lutheran churches; two awesome weeks in Turkey, visiting many of the spots associated with the apostle Paul and with the early Christian church, with a course sponsored by St. George's College, an Anglican college in Jerusalem; almost a week in Istanbul, relaxing and enjoying this wonderful city; two more weeks in Jerusalem and Israel with about forty other wonderful people through St. Goerge's; several very interesting days in Cairo; a week of "recovering" at home; a great week with our family - Kathi and Jonathan, David and Heather, and Abby, Emily and Ethan in Branson, Missouri; and two more weeks at home of "getting it all together," including the preparation of a brief video overview of our sabbatical travels. If you are reading this, we hope you might be able to join us Concordia next Sunday, July 15th, at noon for our special luncheon and chance to share with you nineteen minutes of our amazing sabbatical time. (If you would like to make a reservation, please call Joan at 303-989-5260 - it's free and should be great!)
We are very thankful to our family, to our church, and to the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for their support during the time of our sabbatical.