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While there is no way to replace the loss of our friend, Randy, we’ve been experiencing the sweet touch of God in our brokenness. Not only has he met with each of us on a individual basis, he has strengthened us through mutual support. Many off-base friends and family have also come to be with us in our time of grieving; former staff members and dear friends, Jim and Shauna Biermann, arrived last weekend. Their presence and support have been crucial for so many of us. Former directors, Rick and Lynn O’Dwyer, drove down from their home in Canada. Eric and Lisa Rivera, with their youngest children, Anna and Jesse, flew in from Guatemala last night. It’s amazing how God has allowed us all to be together in this time.

Also the work here at Gleanings has continued this week. Flexibility has been one of the themes as we worked together to get the jobs done.