And so it is that when a man walks along a road,
the lighter he travels, the happier he is;
That’s where we are now, all packed, ready to leave Davao tomorrow on an early morning flight. Home and belongings have been distilled into a few suitcases. They’re heavy enough, though we’ve left behind so many possessions that composed our home. Our hearts are heavy too as we leave our place of service, our community of the family of God – loved ones we may never see again this side of Heaven. We will board the plane sad but grateful, smiling because it happened.
|a few of our farewells|
As we disembark Tuesday evening, after over 30 hours of travel, we’ll be entering another world – yes, our own home culture, but somehow so foreign after daily life in S.E. Asia. We may look just the same on the outside – Michael a little taller, Amy and Elise more sweet, Mark a little more handsome. But inwardly we’ve been changed, impacted in inexplicable ways by these people and this place.
So we zip up our suitcases, memories packed in tight, giving all thanks to God for His gift of these five years.
Go in peace!
I will not say: do not weep;
for not all tears are an evil.
We’ll see our American family and friends soon!
How we’re looking forward to seeing your dear faces again!