Saying Good-bye to This Old House

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Kijowski’s.  After going to dinner and a movie two days after Christmas, we came home to a broken window, four missing computers and three missing guitars.  Computers can be replaced, but unfortunately Mike jr’s two hand-made guitars that he uses for worship are irreplaceable.  Pray with us for a miraculous return of the guitars and for those who took them to turn from evil and to know the Lord.

The house is a wreck as we go through 25+ years of stuff we have accumulated throughout our time living on Lawndale Avenue in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villita.  There seems to be no end to the boxes and bags we have stored in every corner and closet.  We wonder how we are ever going to get our house ready for the new owners and move to a place that is one third of the size of where we are now?  Elizabeth advised that perhaps we shouldn’t live in any house more than three years so packing won’t be a seemingly endless project.

The living room was full of laughter as we looked through beautiful artwork from years gone by when our adult kids were young.  It brought back many memories of old friends and school projects.

So when are we moving? Well, we passed the termite inspection and handed in all of the necessary paperwork, but we are still waiting for the bank to set a final closing date. Please pray this would happen soon since Mike is hoping to move to Romania in early February.

We want to thank all of you who have prayed and given so generously to our support.  We have raised $45,000 of the $68,000 needed for Romania.

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Elgin Training Center


We officially moved into Elgin! Last night – more acurately, early this morning – we moved the last of our belongings into our little apartment. We will spend the next four months here as my dad (Mike) attends the Harvest Training Center.

We have been very busy fixing and painting our house so we can sell it. As amateur painters, this is hard work! Our neighbor Raul Valdovinos helped us paint and work on the yard for over a week.  He was an answer to prayer and a relief to those of us who were tired from painting.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in prayer and financially! On Thursday, when my dad checked how much support was raised, we were quite short of the $5,000 we needed by today. But by a miracle of God, we not only have enough to cover the $5,000 but are close to having the $10,000 needed to cover our fundraising goal for the training center! Now we can concentrate on fundraising for our relocation and monthly support to fulfill the mission of strengthening and planting churches in Romania.

-Elizabeth Kijowski

P.S. My three older siblings, Lydia, Mike and Matthew, did not move to Elgin with us. Because they have jobs and college to go to, they will stay in Chicago, even when we move to Romania (but hopefully they will come and visit in Romania).