Just to recap, we came home in December on a combination of vacation time and medical. We thought that we'd be able to get whatever was going on with Josh's heart cleared up in the three weeks we allowed ourselves, and then make it back to Tallinn. However, the medical part of the trip ran long, like we mentioned in the last post. Actually it still isn't cleared up, though we pray he's getting closer to an answer. Obviously, we've long since run out of vacation time. When that happened we had to transfer into medical clearance to be home.
What we've found out is that usually when short term personnel have to go home for medical leave, they are given a month to get the situation cleared up and then asked to resign. The Board was really nice to Josh and I; they tried to let us get healthy and go back. However, since everything hasn't been fixed, we ran out of time. Monday they asked us to resign. Everything was done very graciously, and they are taking good care of us.
Obviously, we're very disappointed that we won't be going back to Estonia. We had every intention of returning and do feel that we left a certain amount unfinished. About a year ago, I wrote down our call to go and serve in Estonia. Now, I'm glad that I did; I'm also glad that Josh and I shared that with all of you. We're still every bit as certain that we did as we were led to do; the outcome doesn't change the calling. We both know that there is a larger plan at work for us and for the country of Estonia.
As a matter of fact, we still have teammates there serving. They are doing wonderful work: reaching the culture through the university, a book club, a couch surfing organization, a children's school, and other volunteer groups. So, even though we're no longer there, I'd ask you to keep praying for the people of Estonia. We're so excited about the possibilities.
Thanks so much for keeping up with us through the months. It was a hard stretch of time considering all of the health difficulties, but we're incredibly thankful for the experience and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Megan & Josh
Megan & Josh