Sorry there have been no posts in a long time… It feels like we’ve just been living “normal” life and haven’t had much of interest to share, but really we just haven’t taken the time.
So… here is the first of a series of little biographies on people that we are meeting in our time here.
This is the Garrett family: Paul, Simone, Porsche, and Reese.
(take a look at the hats and I’ll give you one guess where they’re from)
A few years back Paul was a young MTS grad recently returned to Melbourne from a rural assignment when he met a young pioneer sister named Simone…. They hit it off.
They settled in a town a few hours north of the city called Wodonga. Not to be confused with other nearby locales, such as Yarrawonga, Tumbarumba, and of course the infamous city of Wagga Wagga.
Paul spent many years as a network and systems administrator for a school district while Simone leveraged her years of life guarding and coaching to open her own swim school. Once their home was paid off Paul was able to quit his full time job to spend more time with the family, help run the business, and keep an eye on his aging father.
Besides serving as an elder in his congregation, Paul has recently been given the privilege of overseeing the audio and video department of their regional conventions. Simone, being less lazy than Paul, has continued to pioneer while raising the kids and running the school.
The entire family is slowly learning Chinese to expand their service. Each year during the school holidays the family spends a month or more preaching in a foreign country. In the past they’ve gone to China, Malaysia, and most recently Thailand.
We spent quite a bit of time with the Garrett family during their month here in Chiang Mai and have tentative plans to fly down for a visit sometime this summer.