I think our 4-year-old said it best. “We say goodbye a lot.” Serving as missionaries in Latin America, we have grown accustomed to saying goodbyes. Whether it be people coming to visit or short trips back to the U.S., it feels like we are always saying goodbye.
Sunday night, though, we had to say some of the most difficult goodbyes. After two years in Latin America, Josh, Emily, Anne Elise, Ava, Jak, Matthew, Carter and Baby #6 moved back to the U.S. It is different saying goodbye to people who have a glimpse of both the joys and challenges of ministry in a foreign culture. They have been like family to us for almost the past 10 years and were beside us as we moved to the mission field–one of the greatest challenges of our lives.
They will be greatly missed by our team in so many ways–as friends, as family, as co-laborers–but we are sure the Lord will use them mightily as they serve in the U.S. Please continue to pray for the Kines family–as they transition back to the United States and as they discern where the Lord is leading them next.