This speaking trip to Northern Illinois University, I had to do by myself. That is because Mary Jo has really pitched in to help with a health crisis with my parents. My dad is back at home now after 24 days in the hospital and rehab after surgery. I was glad I was able to be there for the first 18 of those days before heading to the scheduled university speaking times. (My dad was emphatic about me not cancelling anything!)
Anyhow, not having MJ right alongside me as my ministry partner to take part in the lectures and share in the frequently long Q&A times seems quite strange after so many years of ministering elbow to elbow. You might say I’m missing my missing missionary ministry missus. I will be happy when Mary Jo joins me on Monday to begin the university ministry in Minnesota. She has really been missing being at the university here too, but glad it worked for her to be home with my parents.