FAQ's regarding the Hunters 5...
1. Why are you still in Florida and how long are you staying?
Good question. Initially our intent was to come and be with Brad's Mom (Neena) in her last days of life. Our return tickets to Vienna were for September 1, but Neena was still hanging on. We knew we couldn't leave and so we had to make some decisions regarding our length of stay here in the States.
Additionally, there was/is much to be done here to help Stacey's Mom find a new place to live, help her move, go through all of Brad's Mom's things, and put her house on the market.
Another thing on our mind was that for every five years overseas, we have to return to the States for 6 consecutive months to be eligible for Social Security benefits. We decided that even though we had only lived in Vienna for 3 years, now was a good time to fulfill this requirement.
Our return flight back to Vienna is on January 13th.
2. How is Brad's back doing?
Brad is going to a Spine Institute, where they integrate physical therapy, deep muscle massage and chiropractic care among other things. There's still a way to go, but this is the best he has felt in 6 months, so we are thankful for that!
3. Is your church still meeting?
Yes! Lindsay is back in Vienna and our young church, New City Wien, is still meeting on a weekly basis for fellowship. We are having different pastor friends fill in the pulpit, and it has been very encouraging to hear about how members in our core group are taking on new responsibilities to make things go smoothly while we are here.
Our teammates, the Beilmans, have raised over 90% of their support needs, and are hoping to move to Vienna in mid-November. Please pray for the Beilmans to get to 100% quickly!
4. How are you all hanging in there?
Certainly there is a big void in our lives without Neena, yet we have a genuine peace knowing that her suffering is over, that she is experiencing perfect joy in the presence of the Lord. We are so grateful to God for His salvation of Neena, and for giving us 2 months to spend with her before she died.
There are still many things to get settled in Florida before we return, but we are looking forward to being in Vienna again, and to having more teammates there with us.
5. Will you be doing any traveling?
Yes. The end of October we are headed to Illinois to see family and friends. In November, Brad will be traveling to Philadelphia for a WHM Team leaders retreat and in December we will be heading to North Carolina. All of our traveling plans are subject to change, and most likely there will be more traveling than what is mentioned here. :)