I’ve been back in the States for a couple of weeks now, reunited with family, and praying about our future. In the meantime, I’ve received a bunch of questions about what’s going on from friends all over the country – in emails, phone calls, and through the grapevine. So let me use this post to answer those “frequently asked questions”:
Q: What is the status of the United Methodist Mission in
Q: Have things returned to normal in
A: Yes, as far as I know. In an attempt to quell the unrest, the President had announced a rise in salary levels for civil servants and a decrease in basic foodstuffs. These changes are due to take effect on April 1st, 2008. Hopefully, the government will keep its promises and things will continue to improve.
Q: What will happen to the pastors of the Cameroon Mission while they wait for a new Mission Director to arrive?
A: Again, things will continue as normal. Pastors will receive their monthly salary support, rents will be paid, and the various ministries and programs will continue. And financial gifts to the
Q: What will happen to the Magruder family?
A: We have settled down in
Q: Our congregation supported your family as our church’s missionaries. What shall we do now that you’re no longer on the field?
A: Through the General Board of Global Ministries, you have multiple opportunities to continue to support the mission work of the
Q: How are you doing? No, seriously … how do you feel?
A: The time at home has been healing and refreshing. Most of all, Leah and I have been absolutely blown away by the support of our friends in the North Texas Conference. I have received numerous phone calls expressing love, support, and encouragement from clergy colleagues, as well as supporters, former VIM team participants, and administrators. Everyone has embraced us warmly, and welcomed us with open arms back into the
Q: What will happen to this blog?
A: After much consideration, I have decided to bring this blog to an end. I will not be deleting it from cyberspace – I’ll leave it here for posterity’s sake. But it has run its course – time to move on to something new. I am going to take a break from the blogosphere for now, but am sure that I will be returning again shortly. When I do, I’ll put a link here. Thank you for being faithful and curious readers … see ya again soon!