End of Mission Report

Dear Friends,

Mark your calendars! Joy and I (along with Hannah, Peter, and Abby) invite you to the Robbins Family End of Mission Report on Sunday April 28th at University Covenant Church at 12:30pm. We have some fun prizes to give out from Ghana, including copies of the Bible study book The Justice Thread that I wrote while in Ghana! We hope you will join us. Feel free to bring your children. I’m bringing mine!

Our time in Ghana has drawn to a close. My work with IJM finished with the launch of the book, and with it, I felt a great sense of completion and joy. Our family just finished a week-long family debrief in Colorado, which was wonderful, healing, restorative, and enjoyable for each one of us. What a gift! It was so very helpful for closure on this extremely adventurous chapter of our lives.

last night at debrief- lots to think about

Another important step of closure is to report back to you on what we have seen and done and lived! Many of you have journeyed with us for two and a half years, with your prayers, your contributions, your encouragements, and by following our blog. We want to thank you so much! We could not have done it without you. We hope you are able to make it on April 28th so we can see you in person, thank you for your support, tell a few stories, answer questions, and pray together for those who remain in Ghana carrying on the work.

I will also be preaching in the worship services at UCC earlier that morning (8, 9:30, 11am), so please feel very welcome to join us for one of those as well.

-Matt

Family Debrief

We are in Colorado this week for debrief at Mission Training International (MTI). Someone here defined debrief as sharing our stories and inquiring about how they have affected us.

We are gatherer here with families who have served all over the world doing all sorts of incredibly difficult things. Most seem to be transitioning off the field though some are in the US on a temporary home assignment before deploying again.

In these first couple of days, we have already found it incredibly encouraging and helpful to be with other families who have had such similar challenges and done such similarly crazy things, though in different contexts.

On a hike

Anyone know what animal made this track? We are on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains

In the same vein, it has been a wonderful gift for my children to get to interact with other children who have lived overseas. They have a wonderful children’s program that facilitates their sharing. One exercise they do is to hold a “pair a ducks” (paradox): a “yuck duck” (hard thing) and a “yea duck” (happy memory) that are related. An example i might share in this exercise would be “seeing God move at the lakeside pastor conferences” (yea duck!) and “missing my family for a week and spending 2 full days on bumpy roads to get there and back” (yuck duck!). These sorts of activities (and their adult equivalents) teach us all to hold things in paradox. There was good and bad, happy and sad, all mixed together. Sometimes people hope to hear from overseas workers a one dimensional answer to the question “did you love it!?!” Reality is always mixed.

Peter showing some pictures of his life in Ghana to his teacher at MTI

Please pray that God uses this time to bring us healing, wisdom, insight, unity, and clarity to our whole family as we reflect on our service in Ghana these last couple of years.

Launched!

Enjoy this highlight video of the Launch of The Justice Thread!

It was a great joy to see professors, church leaders, police and government officials, a member of parliament, media, friends, and IJM staff come together to celebrate and support this project! It was the culmination of my two years in Ghana with IJM.

To my supporters, thank you! You made this possible.