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Overby Odyssey Update September 2020

September 22, 2020

Hello Friends and Family,

As we move into the fall, I think of a humorous YouTube video that was joking about the anticipation of fall, and the hope that the fall will bring a positive change, make us happy again, and fix all of our problems. However, with the forest fires in Oregon and the upcoming elections, we are quickly reminded that our hope is not in seasons or ourselves. 2020 will go down in history as the year where we were all stripped of the illusion that we are in control and the masters of our destinies. Our prayer is that you have found your hope in the Lord during this tumultuous year and He has given you a peace that surpasses all understanding in Christ Jesus. Read more

Overby Odyssey Summer 2020

July 10, 2020

Hello Prayer team,

We hope this email finds you well as we roll into the summer months in this very strange year. I am sure many of you have had to cancel or change the plans you had made. We have been blessed here in Germany. As things begin to open up we have more options than we thought were possible 2 months ago. Fortunately, this is not our year to travel to Oregon so we get to travel in Germany instead.

These past few months our family tried our best to finish the school year with grace as the kids were able to go back to school for the last month. They wore masks, teachers moved from class to class while the students stayed put, and we used all the biggest spaces possible for make-shift classrooms. Cafeteria, auditorium, gym, foyer, etc. But we made it and the 2019-2020 school year is in the books. In August, Stanley will start 7th grade, Holly 5th, Stuart 2nd, and Samuel will still be in a German Kindergarten (pre-school).
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Overby Odyssey Update May 2020

May 7, 2020

Hello Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for all of your prayers during this season of uncertainty. We have good news from our last update. Our school decided not to apply for the government subsidy which would put us on half time to help keep the school afloat. Also, the director’s letter was poorly worded in that cutting our pay to 50% was not a possibility. But, given the uncertainties of these days, we would still appreciate your prayers, because when the dust has settled, we don’t know how many of the parents will still be able to afford the tuition of a private school.

This last month has been bittersweet for our family, as we are sure it has been for many of you. We have missed seeing our friends, especially from church. We have had a lot of fun time as a family, but also a lot of conflicts. The kids have enjoyed being at home, but they miss seeing their friends and the familiarity of the school routine. One day we were going out for a drive, and we decided to drive past Stuart’s school, and he started to squeal with delight as soon as he realized where we were. Stanley and Holly even had to cover their ears, if that helps you picture how loud and happy he was.
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Overby Odyssey Spring 2020

March 20, 2020

Hello Friends and Family,

This is a long-overdue update and even with social isolation in Germany, things have not slowed down much for our family. However, there have been many new changes, praises, and prayer requests to update you on.

First huge praise, we just got a car! It is another “all glory to God” story, that we are so thankful for. Our neighbor Martin is part of a group (Brazilian drum circle), and at a meeting, the group leader said that they had a car that the old leader gave to the organization, but it was no longer being used, costing the group money in insurance, and they wanted to get rid of it. Martin suggested it could go to us, and nearly two months later we received the keys yesterday. It is a 2004 Peugeot 807, 7-seater, 200,000 miles, diesel car. So today as its maiden voyage with our family we got McDonald’s to go and went for a picnic. It was a fun outing in the midst of all the uncertainty in our world. However, our big prayer is that this car can be a blessing and tool in our ministry. Taking people home after Bible study, giving rides to church, or taking people meals to name a few ways. Next week we will be investing over a thousand Euro into the necessary repairs and the renewal of the TUV (like DEQ). We are so thankful that God has given us this gift.
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Overby Odyssey Christmas 2019

December 28, 2019

Merry Christmas from Germany,

We hope that during this Christmas season you are able to take time to rest and enjoy family, friends and the celebration of our Savior’s birth. At church and during our Bible studies, we’ve talked a lot about what it must have been like during that first Christmas and how it probably wasn’t as neat and clean as our Christmas pageants portray. Heather and I were able to watch the movie “The Nativity Story” and were moved by how hard it must have been for Mary and Joseph. In a video on youtube by “The Skit Guys” one of them describes a time when he had a newborn at Christmas, and his son was Baby Jesus in the nativity play. He recalls sitting in the front row and watching a teenage girl come out holding his son. During that moment it hit him, “This is what God did, sent his son to be taken care of by a teenage girl, to grow up and die on a cross to save us from our sins.”
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Overby Odyssey Nov 2019

November 14, 2019

Hello Friends and Family,

It has been a crazy last month, and we would love to share what God is doing and how to pray for us right now.

As you may remember, we started the foster care process/paperwork over a year ago and finished last spring. We also knew that when we returned from our trip to Oregon we could be called with a placement at any time. God, in His timing, knew that we were not ready for the first two months of school. Then, the day before the first day of fall break Heather received “the call.” A baby was in the hospital, his mom was in a coma, and he needed a family. When Heather asked me, my response was, “Ready or not, here we go.” Because how can you truly be “ready” for a monumental task of being a foster parent. Heather visited Leon that day, and for the next six days, she was going back and forth between the hospital and home until the doctors gave him the all-clear and he could come home to us. We knew his mom used crystal meth, which is what induced the coma, but, at the time, we did not know that she also drank hard liquor, smoked, and took meth regularly throughout her pregnancy. So poor little Leon is dealing with drug, alcohol and nicotine withdrawal. This means that he is either sleeping, eating, screaming, or being held most of the time. Sometimes screaming and being held at the same time. It has been taxing on the whole family, but we keep reminding ourselves that God was the one who led us to this task, that often He doesn’t call us to do the easy things, and He will give us the strength that we need. We have also been amazed by the love and support we have received from friends both near and far away. Food, physical help, and other gifts to help us in this process. We are only doing short term care, so the youth services are currently looking for a long term home for Leon after they figure out who the father is. So our role is to fill the gap and love him for the season God has him with us.
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