Our Crazy, Wonderful Family

The holidays were an absolute joy! We loved having the entire Johnson side of the family on Daniel Island for a couple of weeks. The photo above is of all the members of the Johnson side of our family (with the exception of Miles ~ since Chad and I were heading to a New Year’s Eve gala and he was blissfully sleeping!)

So… this time is now bittersweet. Nate and Rossana have headed back to Venezuela where they are joyfully serving in Caracas. Nate is the director of an international school in Caracas and Rossana works for Chevron.

Travis and Amy are about to take their family (Lilli – 5, Patton – 3, and Aidan  – 9 weeks) to Bundibugyo, Uganda at the end of the month. They will serve as missionaries there for at least four years. It was hard to say goodbye to them a couple of days ago but we are thankful that our world is now so small. Thanks to modern innovations, we will be able to email them and they will have cellular phone service in the remote village. Just a few short months ago, we were praying that they would have electricity. Prayers have been answered and electricity is on the way to Bundibugyo! It has been a blessing to see how God has taken care of them every step of the way.

Below is an excerpt from their blog (http://steadfastjoy.blogspot.com/). If you think of it, please pray for them during this difficult time of transition.

Church Planting and Medical Missions 

Travis and Amy are moving to Bundibugyo Uganda to be apart of the World Harvest Mission team.  Bundibugyo is on the boarder of Uganda and Congo where the unreached people groups of the Babwisi, Bakanjo and Pigmy tribes live.  The mission includes a church plant in Nyahuka town with a heart to reach out to the surrounding areas with the Gospel and translate the Scripture into their languages.  There is also Christ School Bundibugyo where over 300 Ugandan children are learning how to be cultural leaders with a heart for true redemption.  The medical team works with the local hospital helping through treatments and nutrition programs to decrease the child mortality.  Currently one out of five children die before the age of five.  Travis and Amy hope to help out with the medical projects and the school as well as establish a missionary discipleship program for developing world missions.  The team is praying for 5 new mission plants around Africa in the next 10 years.

Currently their are 17 members of the team in Bundibugyo and 8 in Sudan.

Good News about the Charleston Real Estate Market

Residential Real Estate Sales Increase Again in December
Median Sale Prices at Annual Peak
CHARLESTON, SC—(January 12, 2010) Rounding out a year of stabilization, 618 residential real estate sales in December shows an increase of 30% when compared to sales one year ago today.  The $195,534 median home price reflects the peak of prices in 2009 and a slight 2% increase over December 2008.   December 2008 posted 476 total closings, with a median sale price of $191,600.
Several months of strong sales, prices that are growing at a sustainable rate and decreasing inventory are excellent indicators that a Charleston market recovery is underway.  “Last December, we were looking at a 33% drop in sales and a 9% decrease in median prices from December 2007.  We’re in a much more positive place at the end of 2009, actually seeing market increases.  While we don’t anticipate tremendous growth in 2010, we do expect to see continued steady growth over the next year”, said CTAR President, Jeremy Willits. 

3-Year Review: December*
 Sales+ | – %Median Sale Price+ | – %
*this data reflects the market activity as of the 10th of January for each year.

At the close of the month, there were 8,940 homes listed for sale with the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service.

The 2009 Year in Review market report will be released next Wednesday, January 20.