Africa Thoughts

the purpose of traveling 39 hours by plane

It’s a long haul to Africa.  I used to like that straight 17-18 hour flight to get there.  One flight and you were done, but as I get older, I like stopping in Europe to break it up.  It’s always a long layover but it’s so nice to stretch your legs!  I have more pics I want to share of our time in England, but today I wanted to share about our purpose in traveling 39 hours to Africa.

streets of white river

Lately I haven’t shared too much on here about our sabbatical or where we are in the process.  I’ve realized that the sabbatical lines are so gray that it’s hard to say, “Okay, now we’re in such and such phase or now we’re done.”  However, since March we have been actively re-engaging with Ten Thousand Homes in various ways.  June was filled with lots of Skype calls with our crew in Africa, and the idea was brought up for Jeremy and I to fly to Africa for face-to-face meetings.

legogote in the distance

I have to admit that stepping back into S. Africa after a year and a half of being away was overwhelming.  I didn’t quite know what to make of my emotions.  It was great to be back, but I was well, I was overwhelmed by it all.  Seeing our friends again, meeting new people, and holding my nieces was fantastic (although, my nieces were not very happy that their cousins couldn’t make the trip), but it was as though fear was lurking at my door, and that’s not an easy thing to shake.

breakfast @magnolia

We had three solid days of meetings which accomplished more than we did in a month’s worth of Skype calls.  God is on the move, and I wish I could tell you more details, but I feel it simply isn’t the time just yet to do that in this space.  I am excited to see how God brings all the pieces together and would appreciate any continued prayers.

sweet niece

I didn’t get to go out into the communities while we were there, and because my brain was in full on processing mode, I hardly took any photos.  I knew, however, that I would be writing about it and I can’t write a post without some kind of photos to go with it. 🙂  Isn’t that niece of mine a cutie?

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