Before I begin our update, I want to brag a bit about my mom, Marie Moore, and I might have never pursued missions or even God without her influence in my life. Our family was able to come together for my mom’s 80th birthday last week, where we drove through the North Carolina mountains to enjoy God’s artistry upon the hanging leaves of autumn. We even went hiking!

My mom lost her dear husband, George, a day after her birthday last year, and within a week, we lost my sister Tammie who she and George had taken care of for years as Tammie struggled with severe complications from diabetes. I venture to say that suffering or hardship has in some way touched your friends and family as well.

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