Friday, April 3, 2009

Hodge Family Update--March

Here is my monthly update on my friends, The Hodge Family.

The Hodges have finished Orientation! This was an 8 week long process and they can hardly believe it is over. In the last month of Orientation, they had several exciting events. At the beginning of the month, their daughter, Alexis, accepted Christ as her Savior. (You can read about that here). They also went with a big group to Washington DC for a witnessing outing. They went to the train station where they hoped to run into people of various cultures. The goal was to try to spark a conversation and introduce them to Christ, provide a tract, etc.

The hardest part of the last few days has been saying goodbye to all the new friends they have made. Friends that they know they may not see again until Heaven, because now they are all leaving to either begin their missionary journey, or like the Hodges, they are headed to another country in order to learn the language of the country they will be working in.

The Hodges were commissioned on March 25th and will be heading home to SC for the next month. Alexis will be baptized tomorrow (April 5th) at the church the Hodges were serving in, which happens to be my home church! I was also baptized at this church, but what will make this special for Alexis is that her father will get to baptize her! How awesome is that?!?!

At the end of April they will leave for Costa Rica, where they will spend a year in language school. Here are some ways you can pray for them:

1. Pray for Terry Lassiter, the Affinity leader for the Americas

2. Pray for the Asburys, the Sheltons, and the Martins, who are the three other families on the Argentina team

3. Pray for the Warners, a missionary family that the Hodges became friends with at Orientation, who have already departed for Botswana.

4. Pray for safety, fun, and fellowship with their friends and family as they are in SC for the next few weeks.

As always, I know they appreciate your prayers. You can always follow their blog from my sidebar or click here.

If you wish to be added to their mailing list, just let me know!


Anonymous said...

It was really good to see the Hodges at church on Sunday. Since arriving home the baptism for Alexis has been changed to the Sunday after Easter. Michael said that you keep up with them on a regular basis and that he really loves to hear from you.

I am so proud of you.

Love you. Mom

Anonymous said...

I guess their plans changed because Alexis was baptisted this morning. It was a proud moment for Michael as you could tell by the quiver in his voice.

Love you