It’s been a little over two months since we left Bolivia and our family is adjusting bit by bit. Life still feels really different here, but we’ve had good times with family, friends, our churches and supporters. And we look forward more visits to see many of you in the next few months (more details to come).
A month ago we asked you to pray for a house in Eugene. It has been a daily prayer for our family, and just two weeks after we sent that message we found a home that fit our needs. It’s cozy, needs some elbow grease, and looks to be a good place for our family. God willing, we hope to close and have keys in two weeks.
We found out that our small container has been delayed three months due to the labor strikes in the Port of Portland. Yikes! A lot of it was books and pictures and clothes we didn’t need right away. But some of the boxes were things we needed to set up our home. For the next 3 months, we may need to borrow some twin mattresses, blankets, towels, sheets, a kitchen table, probably some other items that we’re forgetting.
When we get keys, we need to strip wallpaper, paint, refinish floors, pack up what we have, and move into our home. Any and all help is welcome :)
Moving is expensive. We’ve bought a car and a number of things for our home, but we still need to buy a washer, dryer, lawnmower, mattress, dressers, bikes for the kids, a couch for the living room, a second car, yada yada yada. If you would like to help with any of our set-up costs, you can send a check to FBC Eugene (*info below) and they will distribute the funds.
We’ve received a number of gifts for our transitions costs including extra travel gifts, groceries, cars to borrow, gifts for vacation, scholarships for Trout Creek Bible Camp. We have been so blessed by each of you, and we are overwhelmed with your generosity. Thank you!
(picture of the backyard, pray it would be filled with new friends and new memories)
God, our hearts are thrilled about the possibility of a home and ministry here in Eugene. We’ll be within walking distance of two of our kids’ schools. We pray for new friends and that our home would be a welcome place for many kids.
The upstairs needs some remodeling. We pray for Dan and friends that have offered to help as they work together.
The backyard has a large garden including fruit trees and berries of all kinds. We pray that our yard would be filled with many BBQs and get togethers where God’s fruit would be evident in and through our family and church. And we’re so close to our new church.
We pray that our church would grow and fill hundreds of living rooms across Eugene and Springfield. God, we continue to trust in You. You are faithful.
*Home set-up gifts can be made out and sent to FBC Eugene, 3550 Fox Meadow Rd., Eugene OR 97408-7424, and attach a note for the Collins’ Home Set-up Fund. Please note, due to IRS regulations these types of donations are considered personal gifts and therefore not tax deductible.