Friday, April 26, 2013


I like to think about the goodness of the Lord.
He gives me everything I need and so much more,
So I just wanna lift my hands and say that I love him!
I just wanna lift my heart in praise!

I wanna be thankful!
I wanna be grateful!
I wanna remember everything that the Lord has done!
I wanna be thankful!
I wanna be grateful!
I wanna be! I wanna be! I wanna be!

As I look back over the past month, the word “thankful” is what comes to mind. One month ago I was in the hospital following my hip replacement. Today I am walking with less of a limp than I have since before Christmas. The surgery was successful and I’m doing physical therapy to regain complete strength to my leg. I still have a ways to go but am very thankful for how far I have come. And I’ll be going back to work starting tomorrow as well.

While I was in the US for surgery, Scott held things together at home. On top of being both dad and mom, he had additional responsibilites. We had some major plumbing leaks in the house we rent, so the plumber was working on fixing it all for about 3 weeks. Also 2 of our computers crashed and Scott had to replace the hard drives in both of them. It wasn't fun to be separated for a month, and the stresses of life on top of surgery made it worse, but we felt the Lord's comfort through it all; and we are very glad to be back together again now.

As far as the mission property goes, Scott signed a contract with a realtor to sell the property. There is still a lot of work to be done before a sale could be completed, but the realtor is committing to doing a lot of the legwork for us so it can move along faster.

We also are excited to let you know David’s plans for his summer. He has accepted an internship working with HCJB here in Ecuador. He’ll be working in Shell, which is about 5 hours from where we live and on the edge of the jungle. He’ll be using his engineering skills and working in villages providing clean drinking water. We're glad that he’ll be coming a week early to spend some time with us.

The rest of us will be spending our summer in the US. We hope to see many of you during July and August.

Praise the Lord for a good surgery.
Pray for continued healing for Kristi.
Praise the Lord for being our strength during a potentially difficult month.
Pray for progress on the property.
Praise the Lord for opportunities for David.
Pray for a good learning experience for him.
Pray for our upcoming home assignment.


  1. I just read your blog and came upon it quite by accident. My maiden name is Edgren and my father was Wesley Edgren, from Chicago, Illinois. He had three brothers, Clarence, Roy and Stanley and one sister, Lillian. I am 69 years old and live with my husband, Ron, in Santa Ana, California. I was just curious to know is there was anyway we might be related! I am a born again Christian and Ron and I have been involved in music ministries most of our marriage. He has also been a public high school music teacher. Please let me know more about yourselves when you have time. My cousin, Jim Edgren and his wife, Robbie, have built a wonderful place in the state of Washington, called, "The Refuge". It is a place where Pastors and their wives can go to rest and "re-group"!!! Hope to hear from you soon! Christie Edgren Soderwall

  2. Thanks for writing, Christie! There are few enough Edgrens, that it's kind of fun to try to make connections! None of the names you mention are familiar to me, but we might have some Chicago connections in our past history. Send me an email at and I'll give you more details.