Day 2 & 3: These Are Friends Forever - Bozeman, MT

Before this road trip became…enormous, we actually just wanted to drive out to Montana to visit some very dear friends and spend a few days with them.

We met Philip and Sara Eykelbosch five years ago when we first started going to our church in Portland. We joined a small group that they were leading and hosting in their home. Philip is a fellow TCK and had grown up in Japan. Sara grew up in the US and loves to travel and had been to the Dominican Republic and Peru. We quickly hit it off with both of them and our relationship deepened into one that we treasure so much.

They now have two precious little boys and last year they moved to Sara’s hometown in Bozeman, Montana. We were so excited for this new chapter in their life but we were also a little heartbroken. We determined that we would make it a point to visit them someday, soon, God willing.

So we drew a line on the map. Portland to Bozeman. And we committed to doing the trip.

It's hard to believe that we did it. We made it to Bozeman to see the Eykelbosch’s! As usual we were welcomed with arms wide open. Philip’s parents were also visiting so we got to spend a little bit of time with them as well. Sara’s parents came over for dinner and it was nice to get to know a bit more about both sets of parents. Since Philip and Sara are already partnered with us we really weren’t anticipating any other gifts. So we were surprised when Sara handed us a check from her mom! Sara's mom is this sweet lady that has a huge heart for missions. I am continually blown away by the unpredictable ways God continues to take care of us.

One of the reasons we so love being with Philip and Sara is because of their down-to-earth transparency and humility that allows God’s beautiful light to shine through. And so we are always so blessed and refreshed by their company.

Thank you Philip and Sara, we love you!

Downtown Bozeman, MT with Philip, Sara, their two boys & their niece

Downtown Bozeman, MT with Philip, Sara, their two boys & their niece