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Kasalehlia! We are the Kihleng family and we are missionaries to the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. This blog is to keep friends and family (and whoever else is interested!) updated on what we are doing in the islands. So check back here often to see updates on our ministry as well as our ever growing family!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring, 2017 Prayer Letter

Kaselehlie!
Greetings from Pohnpei!  2017 has gotten off to a great start these past few months here on Pohnpei and we are looking forward to the great things God will be doing throughout this year!

CHURCH HAPPENINGS
One of our highlights over the holiday season was our annual Christmas program.  This year we did the cantata Maranatha! The Lord Is Come.  Kaleo was once again able to be a part of the play and Kestra was excited to have the opportunity to join in with the youth choir now that she is a part of the youth group.  Even Kyler was able to be a part of the play this year as he played the part of Kaleo’s character’s son.  Katrianne and Kaylinn were a part of the childrens’ choir. The program was a great blessing and we were thrilled that the kids’ swim coaches all came to see the performance.  

January was a landmark month in our church staff as our youth leader, Resio Aron, married his sweetheart Terisa, who is Calvary Baptist Church of Pohnpei’s Pastor Willam Joel’s daughter!  We’re thankful for God bringing a godly young lady into his life who will be a great help with the ministry here.  Please keep Resio and Terisa in your prayers as they begin their life together.  

We were blessed this year to have our friends Mark and Crystal Javaux here with us over New Year and into January.  They tackled quite a few projects around here and we hated seeing them go!  Mark was able to work on our church sound system that we were able to purchase a couple of years ago (thanks to the generous donation of First Baptist Church of Colchester, Illinois who provided the funding for the system).  We’ve only used the very basics of the system with our limited knowledge of sound technology, but within an hour or so, Mark had it all set up with numerous wireless microphones that we didn’t even realize had come with the system!  He also spent some time teaching the men of our church how to operate the system so we can continue using it without him here.  

Another landmark in our church in 2017 was Ambassador Baptist Church selecting our first deacon.  Siosy Aron has been with the church since the very beginning; in fact our earliest Bible studies before the church officially started were held at his home in the jungle.  We are excited about where God is taking this ministry and are thankful for godly men in the church such as Siosy.

FAMILY UPDATES
Sadly, the year had some painful beginnings as my Aunt Rita, one of my mom’s sisters, passed away in January.  We will miss her greatly but know she is in a better place and no longer experiencing the pain and suffering she has been for the past year or more.  Please keep the family in your prayers through this time.

Through some friends and family members, plane tickets for Susan, Kaleo, and Kestra were provided for a brief trip to the States to visit Susan’s parents.  We were able to work the tickets out so they left on the same flight as Mark and Crystal.  They were able to visit several of our supporting churches while on the trip and really enjoyed getting to see so many of you along the way. 

BIBLE INSTITUTE
We began another semester of the Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei in January and are now nearing the end of the school year.  We will be having another graduate this year, our third overall from the Bible Institute program.  She is planning to leave the island after graduation to continue her education at Harvest Baptist Bible College.  

SPECIAL REQUEST
For several years many of you have prayed with us concerning a new building for our church.  We believe at this time God is giving us the burden to move forward with this project.  Some of you may remember from our ministry DVD the outer, open-air building that we use for special meetings.  We have decided to go ahead and convert this into an enclosed building to use for our sanctuary.  Please pray with us as we begin this project and if you and/or your church would like to be a part of this project, please contact us to discuss ways to help with this building project.  

A special thank you to those of you who sent special Christmas offerings to our family and ministry here.  Some were anonymous gifts and we hope and pray you see this and know how much it meant to our family and ministry.  Thank you!

We wish you all a blessed spring and upcoming Resurrection Sunday.  Thank you for your prayers and financial support.  God continues to work here in the islands and we are truly honored to have each of you as a part of the ministry here. 

Because of Calvary,

Rickson & Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, and Kaylinn

Printable PDF of this letter

Monday, November 14, 2016

October Prayer Letter and Recent Happenings

Below is our prayer letter from October.  We've had some difficulty getting the email version out due to internet issues on our island.  Quick updates/prayer requests since this letter was originally sent:
  • In the original mailed version of the letter we mentioned our daughter would be traveling in December to Canada.  That trip has at the moment been cancelled due to an oversight on the part of her coaches.  The Olympic Committee had already purchased her plane tickets and acquired her travel visa but will be able to still use her ticket for her to attend a later competition in the summer.  It was a big disappointment for our girl so please keep her in your prayers.  
  • We had a great time with Pastor Frank Bailey and a deacon from his church, Mr. Zipperer, here for a week.  The 3 days of revival meetings during that time were a blessing for us and our church here on the island
  • Within hours after their departure, several of our children came down with severe flu (possibly food poisoning) symptoms, resulting in a trip to the ER.  Please keep the kids in your prayers as they are still recovering and 2 others are feeling sick now as well. 
  • Our church youth group will be performing Maranatha! The Lord Is Come for our annual Christmas program.  This year both Kaleo and Kyler have parts in the play.  Please pray God will use this program to reach many hearts.     

Kasalehlie!

Greetings from Pohnpei!  What an exciting last few months we’ve had here in the islands!  And what an exciting few months we have coming up! 

SUMMER MINISTRIES
A huge thank you to those of you who gave to the camp ministry.  We have tried to contact each of you individually to thank you but as some we did not have full names or contact information, I pray that you see this letter and know how much God used you in the lives of our young people here on Pohnpei.  This summer’s camp was one of the largest in number that we’ve ever had.  We had nearly 150 campers attend and the decisions made during the week were overwhelming!  Approximately 10 came to know Christ as their Savior among the many decisions made.  Please continue praying for these young people as the struggle is a big one for them to live for Christ. We were especially excited that some of our own kids’ friends from their swim team were able to participate in the camp and ask that you continue praying for these young people and our children to continue being a testimony and witness to them.

Our week of Vacation Bible School was another exciting week out of the summer.  We had approximately 90 children attending by the end of the week, including some of our younger kids’ swim team friends as well! Many decisions were made for Christ during this week too and many of these children are still attending our weekly Bible Club where they can continue learning Scripture.  We praise God for these children!  

Another highlight of the summer was having a good friend of ours, Crystal Javaux spend much of the summer with us.  She was a great asset to the VBS ministry as she headed up the crafts.  We’re looking forward to her and her husband Mark visiting us again in December.

Many of you were praying for Brandy Hadley as he came for the summer to ministry as well.  Brandy had a full schedule of preaching through the summer and was able to lead many to the Lord through his ministry here.  He truly was a blessing to many of our young men on the island who are struggling in their Christian life.

BIBLE INSTITUTE
We’re off to another great year of the Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei.  We have a few new students this year as well as returning students.  Please pray for these young people as they train for the ministry as well as those of us teaching them.  I am teaching some classes this semester as well as Pastor Rick VeraCruz, Pastor Sonny Padock, and Missionary Gabe Eiben.  

FAMILY
Another homeschool year is underway.  Kaleo is a senior this year and is trying to survive Physics and Pre-Calculus.  He’s also very busy with youth group, his swim training and lifeguarding,  and has a role again in this year’s Christmas program.  Kestra is in 7th grade (yes, we now have TWO teenagers in the family!) and is now a part of the youth group.  Kyler will be 12 in December and is in 6th grade.  He loves fishing and swimming and would much rather be in the ocean than in school.  He also will be playing a role in the Christmas program. Katrianne is in 4th grade and continues to love art and playing the piano.  She amazes us continuously with her artistic talent!  She’s also our little animal lover and loves her chickens as if they were her children. Kaylinn is in 1st grade this year and loves pretty much anything more than school.  She keeps us well entertained daily.  

Our family is looking forward to a visit from a pastor and deacon from one of our supporting churches in November.  We love having visitors from the U.S. and especially love having supporters come and see the ministry here first hand.  Consider this an open invitation to those of you who would like to visit us here in the islands!

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. Without you, we would be unable to continue the Lord’s work here and we truly are grateful for all you do for our family and ministry here.   

Because of Calvary,
Rickson & Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, & Kaylinn


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kihleng Family Prayer Letter, March, 2016


Kasalehlie!

Greetings from Pohnpei!  We’re well into 2016 now and God is doing great things here on Pohnpei.  A quick update on the drought situation here ~ as many of you already know, our island and the surrounding area have been facing drought conditions that are predicted to continue through summer.  We were completely out of water in our area for about 2 weeks.  It was definitely a trying time but God always provides.  We currently have water turned back on and have had some rain, but please continue to pray as limited water could occur off and on for the next several months.  We do have a water catchment that is full at the moment and praise God for that blessing!
BIBLE INSTITUTE
We are drawing near the end of another year of our Bible Institute.  We have had fewer students this year but are thankful for their faithfulness and vision for ministry.  Our son Kaleo is also taking classes in the Bible Institute this year and has willingly taken on the job of picking up students needing rides.  
CHURCH MINISTRY
The church has continued to thrive since the revival meetings with Evangelist Jim Cook that we had in the fall.  This coming Sunday, March 13, is a special day for Ambassador Baptist Church as it is not only our church’s 12th Anniversary, but will also be our Charter Service.  Missionary John Boylston has worked hard to get all the paperwork done and passed through the court system to officially charter the church and we are so thankful for his commitment to this project.  We will be holding special services both in the morning and afternoon along with a church meal between services.   Please continue praying for the various ministries of the church ~ Sunday school, Wednesday kids Bible Club, Jail Ministry, and Youth Ministry. 
I was recently able to take a trip to the island of Nukuoro to visit and help our missionaries there, Jack & Melinda Peeler, and our Bible Institute graduate Ray Ezekias and his family.  The only way to get there is by ship, and I don’t mean a luxury cruise by any means!  The work there is still in it’s baby stages and needs your prayers.  They are desperately in need of building a living structure as they are currently living in tents.  They've been able to begin Bible studies with some on the islands and I am so glad I had the opportunity to see our Institute graduate doing what God has called him to.  
FAMILY
We’re also coming to the close of another homeschool year.  Kaleo will be finishing out his junior year, Kestra in 6th grade, Kyler in 5th, Katy in 3rd, and little Kaylinn working her way through K5.  The kids are all a very active part of our ministry as well as music and sports activities. Kaylinn just turned 6 this past month and is our little social butterfly.  She loves to meet new people and will talk to anyone and everyone. She does not really enjoy schoolwork but would rather be out playing.  Katy is our crafty/artistic child and is always creating something. She loves playing the piano and has also taken up raising chickens, though each chicken become her beloved pet.  Her pet rooster follows her everywhere and crows loudly when she leaves him too long.  Kyler is enthusiastic about life and spends a lot of his time just trying to figure out how things work.  He’s our deep thinker and can often ask difficult questions.  He loves swimming and will be competing in his first international swim competition next week.  Kestra is growing into a beautiful young lady practically overnight! She loves hanging out with her cousins and reading.  She will also be competing next week in the swim competition and hopes to do well.  Kaleo is a typical busy teenager with barely a minute of spare time.  In addition to school and taking Bible Institute classes, he is giving guitar lessons, helping mom run the Bible Club on Wednesdays, lifeguarding several times a week, active in the church youth group, plus daily swim practice. He will also be competing next week and will also be traveling to Fiji this summer to compete in the Oceania Swimming Championships and would appreciate your prayers as he trains in preparation and for traveling safety.  He is thankful for the travel opportunities his swimming has given him.  The FSM NOC has sent him on several trips now which have allowed him to visit Qatar, Manila, South Korea, Moscow, and Kazan all by the age of 15!   
VEHICLE UPDATE
A huge thank you to those of you that were able to help with our car purchase!  The car we had intended to purchase had sold quickly so we began the search for another vehicle that would work for us.  Unfortunately, there were very few available in the size we need as most vehicles shipped in are just small cars.  With the revival meetings just ahead, we desperately needed something and were finally able to find one, though it was considerably more than we had intended to pay.  We thank each of you that gave to this project!  


Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.  God is working here in Micronesia and we are truly blessed to be a part of His plan for these islands! 

Because of Calvary,

Rickson & Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, & Kaylinn

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Praying For Rain!


As many of you already know, our little island is in a drought at the moment.  The situation seemed to have gotten bad very quickly with little warning.   A week ago our running water was shut off, as was most of the island's water supply.  As you can imagine, there was a bit of a panic on the island when the last of the drinking water was sold out last Thursday afternoon.  We had some rain over the weekend which allowed us a brief time of water again, though at a very low pressure and really muddy looking.  As of now, in town the water is shut off from 10 AM until 5 PM each day.  As a result, the drinking water companies are able to open again!  In our area however, there is no water at all.  We had a water catchment that had been damaged in a storm last year but we have since been able to repair the catchment and fill it during the time the water was on for a short period.  That is the water we are relying on for now.  However, without rain, this will not last long.  Please pray with us for rain!  We will keep you updated on the situation here.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June, 2015 Prayer Letter

Kasalehlie!

I know it’s been some time since you’ve heard from us as we are past due on an update.  2015 has already proven to be a challenging  year for our family and our ministry.  As many of you may already know, just after Thanksgiving, my mom began having some serious health problems.  Much of January, February, and March were spent caring for her and taking her to different doctors to see what could be done.  On April 4, 2015, just after 5 AM, my precious mother slipped into the arms of Jesus and is finally free from the pain that constantly plagued her the past several months.  It was a very different Easter Sunday for us this year as our annual Sunrise Service was turned into a funeral service.  I am thankful that my 3 siblings that live off island were able to arrive earlier in the week and spend those last days with her, and all 7 of us were able to be together to say our temporary farewells, looking forward to the time when we will all meet again in the presence of our Lord.  Thank you to those of you that sent cards and messages and for your many prayers on our behalf.
Typhoon Season
2015 has also set the record in typhoons.  One after another have swept through the South Pacific, leaving devastation behind.  In March, Susan and Kestra made a short trip to Saipan, but then were stranded in Guam for a time because of a typhoon.  Just after that, another typhoon devastated the islands of Chuuk, Yap, and Ulithi, leaving behind millions of dollars worth of damage and many people homeless and starving.  The US has now stepped in with financial aide as well as many other nations working to rebuild and help these people recover.  Another typhoon, though less intense, hit these same islands again in early May.  It is rare, however, for typhoons to hit the island of Pohnpei.  We were all a bit surprised then when Typhoon Dolphin headed our way.  It was a bit of a nerve-wracking night as the wind howled and rain beat our roof, but thankfully, we had little damage other than a small mudslide and a large mango tree coming down behind our home.  God truly protected us as the tree could have done some serious damage had it fallen just a bit lower on our hill.  The island is gradually recovering from the damage done, though sadly, one life was lost in the storm as well as some critical injuries.  We were without power and water for 5 days, though some parts of the island were without power for 10 days.  We were especially thankful though that our power was restored in time for our summer intern to arrive ~ and I’m sure he is thankful as well!
Summer Intern
Ambassador Baptist College student Ethan Ryan arrived on May 17 to spend much of the summer with us for his student internship.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know him these past couple of weeks and look forward to seeing God use him this summer in the ministry here.  We’ll be keeping him busy with church projects, preaching opportunities, jail ministry, summer camp, VBS, Bible Club, and more!  You can follow his summer adventure at his blog at https://ethaninpohnpei.wordpress.com.  I’ve enjoyed reading his perspective of life here as so much of what is “foreign” to visitors seems so normal to us that we usually don’t even think to mention it.  
Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei
We reached an exciting landmark in our Bible Institute ministry.  This past weekend we held the first graduation ceremony for the Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei.  This is a dream come true as we saw two godly men graduate, both of whom are leaving this summer to return to their home island to plant a church.  We are extremely honored to be a part of Pastor Ray Ezekias and Nucker Leopold’s ministry on the island of Nukuoro.  Please keep Pastor Ray’s family in  your prayers as they are leaving with missionaries Jack and Melinda Peeler to begin construction on their new home and future church.  Kyle Boylston will also be spending approximately 2 months with them to help them in the ministry there.    
Summer Ministries
With the arrival of summer brings our usual summer ministries.  Our youth camp will be held June 29-July 4th.  Please pray that we have a good sized group of kids out for camp this year.  For many, it is extremely difficult for them to raise the money they need for camp as often the unsaved parents are not supportive and the young people have to raise the funds themselves.  If you wish to sponsor a camper ($20 per camper), please send to our mission board address listed in the header of this letter and designate for Kihleng’s Summer Camp.  We also ask that you email us at rkihleng@hotmail.com to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.  
Vacation Bible School will be held July 13-17.  We will be posting a supplies needed list on our blog once we have finished compiling that.  Any help with craft supplies and prizes would be greatly appreciated!  We’re looking forward to a great week of VBS! 
Thank you to each of you for your prayers and support.  We could not be here without you.  It means more than you can know! 

Because of Calvary,

Rickson & Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, & Kaylinn

Monday, December 8, 2014

December, 2014 Prayer Letter

Kasalehlie!  

Merry Christmas from Pohnpei, Micronesia! These past months have been a blur since we’ve been back on island so we’re a bit behind in getting out an update! We literally hit the ground running from the second we stepped off the plane and have been going ever since.  
Summer Recap
Right off we dived into planning, organizing, and running our Vacation Bible School program, which we held just weeks after arriving home.  In spite of short term planning, God still gave us a great week!  We saw quite a few kids come to know Christ throughout the week as well as other decisions.  It’s been exciting to see these kids continue to be faithful to church, even when their own families will not come with them!
Just after VBS was the 2014 Micronesian Games, a sporting event held every 4 years in the South Pacific.  Our island hosted the Games this time and it was especially exciting for us since Kaleo competed in the swimming events.  We’re proud of our boy and enjoyed seeing him earn a bronze medal in the Men’s 100x4 Freestyle Relay!
The following week was our annual Youth Camp, which we again held on Black Corral Island, a small island several miles off the coast of mainland Pohnpei.  Another exciting week as we saw 13 young people come to know Christ!  Many more decisions were made for Christ throughout the week and seeing these kids grow in Christ has been a joy these past few months.  
So yes, three major events just within the first 6 weeks of being back on island!  We thought perhaps we’d have a chance to “rest” a bit after that, but of course things rarely work out as planned.  For a moment here, I’d like to share a bit of my heart with you, our praying friends who have invested in the ministry here.  Never in our nearly 14 years on Pohnpei have we experienced spiritual warfare as we have since we returned from this furlough.  Satan has used gossip, jealousy, hatred, prejudice, and false beliefs to attempt to tear our church apart.  This was kept hidden from the Boylstons while we were gone and then from us during our first weeks after our return; finally, in desperation, some church members met with us and the Boylstons to reveal the issues.  It was a very difficult time for us as we had to confront the root of the problems; people were hurt and some left the church in anger.  But during the same time, God was working.  We could literally SEE Satan attack and God overcome, time after time.   At the same time as people opposing us and threatening us, we were seeing miracles right and left.  After nearly every service for a time, someone would meet me after to ask how to be saved.  One night a young lady showed up on our porch in tears saying she needed to be saved.  Several young men we have been burdened for made tremendous decisions at camp and have showing a miraculous change since!  In spite of opposition, our little church building is often filled to overflowing for services and the alter is full.  Through much prayer and anguish, we began to see hearts soften, past hurts forgiven, and enemies become friends.  Please keep praying for the ministry here, for true revival and growth!
Bible Institute
Our Bible Institute got off to a great start this school year and we are excited about this great group so eager to learn.  The Boylstons have worked hard to put together a scholarship program with the funds that have been donated for students and as a result, students have been able to return who otherwise would have been financially unable to.  This will be a landmark year for the Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei as at the close of this school year we will have our first graduation and send off our first graduates into the Lord’s work.  One of our students is ready to leave after graduation to plant a church on his home island! Seeing the fruit from this ministry is exciting!
Family
It’s been a readjustment back to island life after being gone for 10 months but we are gradually getting back into a routine.  It’s tough developing a routine though when you can never predict the craziness of life here! Basically we’ve been on “power rationing” since we returned and only have had power at scheduled times.  Often the same with water (though we’re not really sure why on the water). Working home life, homeschool, and ministry around the power “schedule” is quite a challenge!  Thankfully, the island now has 3 new generators and are also installing solar power and promises that by the end of the year the power hours should be a thing of the past!  
The kids were more than thrilled to be home again!  They missed their friends and their pets while we were gone.  The school year has gone fairly well in spite of the power challenges.  Kaylinn started K4 this year and of all our 5 is the first to NOT enjoy video school.  She’s our social butterfly and would much rather have live interaction.  Katrianne started 2nd grade and is doing well.  She loves school and art and joined the swim team this year.  Kyler is in 4th grade and keeps life interesting on a regular basis.  He loves the outdoors, swimming, and annoying his older brother.  Kestra is in 5th grade and thrives in school.  She’s usually ahead of everyone with school tasks and begs for extra projects.  While she loves reading and studying, she also enjoys sports and the outdoors and has excelled in swimming this year. She’s also a huge help to mom around the house! Kaleo is a sophomore in high school, though school is usually the last thing on his mind! He’d rather be playing the guitar or piano, swimming, or hiking in the jungle.  He had the opportunity this month to attend with several members of his swim team a youth training program at the FINA World Championships in Doha, Qatar. It has been especially tough on mom having our boy go so far away, but it has been a great learning experience for Kaleo.
Susan and Kaleo took on a new project since we’ve been back and that is a Wednesday night Bible Club for the children of our church.  This has been a desire for some time and they decided to just jump in and do it!  The Boylston’s three sons also help out.  They have been averaging about 22-25 kids per week!  
Thank you to each of your for your prayers and support.  God is definitely working in these islands and we ask you please keep our family and the ministry here in your prayers.  It means more than you can know!

Because of Calvary,

Rickson & Susan, Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler, Katrianne, & Kaylinn


Sunday, June 22, 2014

We're Home!

Photo Credit Nathan Fry

We're Home! (Update by Susan)

It's so exciting to be able to update you from Pohnpei finally!  We had a long but fairly uneventful trip back and we're happy to say that everyone is adjusting well.  Many of you have already read our updates on Facebook but going to repost here for those of you that missed it.  I could literally write a book on the last couple of weeks, but I'll spare you all the details (that you most likely wouldn't find as interesting anyway) and summarize our coming home:

  • Two full days of flying. With 5 kids. Not much else to say there. You can imagine how "fun" that was.
  • Jet lag. Need I say more? It's starting to fade now but still lingering a bit.
  • Heat and humidity.  Wow! It's easy to forget about that aspect of island life after being away for awhile.
  • Lack of supplies.  Shopping is quite the adventure here.  Yeah, I kinda miss Walmart.
  • Missing Starbucks as well.
  • Mildew. Our house is full of it after not being air conditioned for 10 months.  Going to take awhile to get things back to normal but we're getting there.  It's a long process of taking everything out of drawers, cupboards, and closets, washing them down, washing everything inside, and putting things away.
  • Crazy pool schedule.  Our oldest son will be competing in the Micronesian Games next month.  Kaleo jumped right into the heavy swim schedule the day after we arrived as well as rushing to get all the paperwork/physical/blood work done to enable him to compete.  He started back to working at the pool too so more hours there. He's pretty tired and sleeping whenever he's not at the pool.
  • A car wreck. Yeah, after driving in city traffic for 10 months without incident, I was in a car accident a week after getting back on this tiny little island with no traffic lights and only a 2 lane road.  A car hit me from behind when his breaks failed; thankfully no one was hurt. Unfortunately, we are required to go to court over it.
  • Catching up with ministry.  We are jumping head first into summer ministries such as Vacation Bible School and youth camp.  We can always use your prayer! (And please take a look at the Special Ministry Needs section of our blog as we have some specific ways you can help out!  We are still adding some VBS and camp needs but for now, the ink toner is a BIG need with all the printing for summer ministries that we have ahead of us!)
  • Enjoying catching up with friends and family. A given, of course. We've missed everyone SO much!
  • A new puppy. Yeah, our kids were given a new puppy as a welcome home gift.  So in the midst of unpacking and cleaning, I am also cleaning up puppy messes! Yay! (yes, that is sarcasm).
  • Beach day. Everyone needs some time out for fun.  So we took off from the crazy the other day and spent the day at the beach with the Boylston family. 
  • Enjoying the beauty of the place we love more than anywhere.  Maybe I am a little biased but this island is without a doubt to me the most beautiful and amazing place in the entire world.  I wouldn't choose any place else to live!
So yes, we are thrilled to be home!  Thank you for your prayers! We wouldn't be back here without them!