I am writing you from Singapore. My family and I moved here on January 8th. 32 hours of travel and it went very smoothly overall. Lord willing, we will live here through June. Each new day is a full of jet lag, excitement, new smells and new food, mixed feelings of leaving the comfort of our home in Colorado and friends. For the first several days we are setting up our rented home and learning how to shop for groceries and get around using nothing but public transportation.
We’ve eaten dinner out each night as a way to ease into cooking/shopping—friends here have graciously taken us to great Chinese restaurants where we’ve gotten to enjoy fish head curry, steamed chicken, dumplings with soup inside them, Singapore’s chicken rice, and a continuous stream of unrecognizable veggies. By 8 pm we are all wiped out and in bed due to jet lag and the stress of the day.
On Monday school started for Matthew and Livi–Cheryl is homeschooling Matthew and teaching history to Livi, while Livi will complete all of her other classes via online school. Madeline and I will continue to get the home in order this week. Monday night, Madeline lead us on a mini adventure where we walked to our bus stop, took the bus to the train, and took the train downtown to one of the Merlion fountains near Fullerton Hotel. She did a great job navigating and helping us all learn the public transportation system.
Over the weeks to come, I will be working more closely with our Asian regional leadership team based in Singapore, learning more about the Asian culture and researching new program opportunities Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia. Thank you all for your prayers and support as we seek to follow God in His calling to reach, equip and transform the neediest children around the world!
(Sophia is studying at Taylor University so she is not with us; Madeline just graduated high school; Livi is finishing her sophomore year; and Matthew is finishing 7th grade.)