Dear Family and Friends:
Over the past two years as we have been preparing to leave for Nicaragua we have written many newsletters. Some of them have been easier to write than others. This letter is not one of the easier ones. It is true that we are closer than ever to our goal of serving the Miskito people of Nicaragua, a people who are in great need of basic health care and education. In addition they need to know about the love of God and that He cares for them.
We feel that we should have been on our way to Nicaragua by now. In fact, the number one question that everyone has for us is “When are you leaving?” This is a difficult question to answer. In reality we are still months away from our departure for Nicaragua. What remains to be done is to complete my commercial pilot training and the instrument rating. This summer was a whirlwind of activity; quitting my job in June, attending mission institute in July, moving off our acreage in August and September and now working on the commercial licensing while living in our friends’ basement.
This is a lot of transitions for a family with 3 teenagers. It is hard to explain the emotions that we experience. It is different for each one of us but all of these emotions would be accurate: feelings of loss, fear, excitement, regret, anticipation and hope are just few. One thing that has taken much of our joy away is that my father had another stroke this month and is October 2016 In anticipation of our arrival an additional house must be built for our family. We estimate the cost of a three bedroom house complete with septic, water and a solar power system to be $50,000. in the hospital again. He fought so hard to regain some mobility when he had the first stroke and now he is starting over again. This time his speech and swallowing has also been effected. I was so thankful that I was able to take him flying once just before his second stroke. We are grateful that he is beginning to improve again and that his life was spared.
Prayer Requests and Praises
- Pray for resources for building a house for our family and for temporary housing while the construction takes place.
- Please pray for the Kaboos and Karst families that are already in Nicaragua and that permissions can be granted to operate our airplanes in the country soon.
- Please pray for my father who will be in the hospital for some time. He is undergoing rehabilitation after his stroke and we pray that he will be home soon.
- Please pray for good weather, wisdom and skill as Norman continues to work on his commercial pilots license.
We are very thankful for each of you who have supported us with your prayers and donations. We are truly humbled and grateful for each of you and your ongoing support. If you would like to pray for us or support us financially please contact us or use the donation links below.
God bless you all, Norman, Nancy, Andrew, Steven, and Melanie Hansen
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