2012 was a year of many changes for the Sloan family... a year of many different sleeping arrangements, to be more specific! The year started out like any other, with us living in our own comfortable home in Ukraine. Rather unexpectedly, we found ourselves seeking the Lord's direction as to a country to move to, due to not receiving visas to remain at home.
However, when June rolled around, we were equally happy to return to our own home and the ministry God had called us to. Summer 2012 was a busy, fantastic one!
The next three months were amazing! We traveled, reporting to churches, and enjoyed having a "summer break" in the middle of the school year for most kids. (For some reason, my kids find extra pleasure in knowing they are enjoying something different than most. Of course, that is when they are on the good side of life. It wasn't looking as pleasant when they were working on school during the summer months while everyone else was on vacation!)
We enjoyed a week and a half of our December staying in the house hubby grew up in, with his sweet mom and other family members who had joined us for the holidays. We got in lots of family time and made some of the sweetest memories ever. What a joy it is to be part of a family where everyone serves the Lord, is faithful to church, and has a good relationship with one another!
Total number of different countries lived in during the year 2012? FOUR
But, just for good measure, we DID spend one night in London where we actually left the airport and stayed in a local hotel. So, if you want to get all technical and add another number to our statistics, we actually slept in beds in five different countries in 2012! Wowsers! And who says missionaries don't enjoy adventure?!
But, 2012 is also a year I could repeat. Never before have we felt so much like God was placing us in key areas of service for specific time frames. We saw people saved in each location at God-appointed meetings.
In 2012 I watched God provide over and abundantly when we had needs that only He knew about. Our emotions were sometimes on a roller coaster as we felt complete disruption of our lives time and again, yet God proved Himself faithful to us.
Yes, 2012 was one of those years... a year that will go down in our family books as monumental.
Thank you, Lord, for 2012.... for a topsy-turvy year of change, movement, and adjustments. We desired to see Your hand in 2012, and, boy, did we ever!