I know we are past due for a newsletter, but hopefully many of you have been following blog updates and our postings on Facebook to know that we are alive and well, just extremely busy!
We made it to the States safe and sound after quite an eventful trip from Pohnpei (check out our August blog update for a more detailed description of the trip). While we were aware that there would be a great deal of adjustments for our family in transitioning back to life in the USA, it was definitely a challenging time. Our children are Pohnpeian through and through and experienced quite a bit of “culture shock” in those first weeks. Thankfully, we are all adjusting well now and settling into somewhat of a routine.
Our travels so far have taken us to Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, and various cities throughout South Carolina. Each of the meetings we’ve been in have been a tremendous blessing to our family and our kids have made lifelong friends at every church we’ve given an update to so far! We thank those of you who have prayed for our safety in traveling and for our health as well. We’re happy to say the Kihleng family has remained healthy for the most part other than a few sniffles here and there.
We will be traveling some in the upcoming week and then taking a bit of a break for the holidays - a much-needed break, I might add. We have loved the missions conferences we’ve been a part of but it will be nice to stay in one place for a few weeks.
Pastors and supporting churches, if we are not yet scheduled to be in your church and you would like us to come and give an update on the work in Micronesia, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (843) 276-7504. We’d love to share with you what God is doing in the islands!
Home on Pohnpei
I’ve been able to keep in communication with the Boylston family as well as other church members back on Pohnpei. The homesickness we experience grows stronger of course each time we talk with them, but know that we are doing what God would have us to at this time and that the right people are overseeing things in the ministry back home. The church has done well. Things are running smoothly with church services and Bible Institute, in spite of regular power outages and vehicle troubles. We are thankful for the Boylstons and the work and love they are putting into the ministry there. Please keep them in your prayers!
As we mentioned in our blog updates, we brought along to the States with us two college students who are attending Ambassador Baptist College. It has been a huge encouragement to see how so many have come together to help these two adjust to life in the States, college life, and help financially as well. As you can imagine, coming from a third world country, their finances are extremely limited and though they are doing what they can, there is still more on their school bill to be paid before they can take exams this semester. If you are interested in assisting these two young people in their training to serve the Lord, donations can be made to their school bill at https://www.ambassadors.edu/Students/Payments.php. Their names are Brandy Hadley and Lillyuokalani Yamada.
We have a great deal of traveling still ahead of us and do ask for your prayers for this as well. We have meetings over much of the east coast as well as a trip out to California in the spring.
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. We are truly thankful for those of you that have partnered in the ministry in Pohnpei.
Because of Calvary,
Rickson & Susan
Kaleo, Kestra, Kyler,
Katrianne, & Kaylinn