Sunday, June 19, 2011

Parting is such a sweet sorrow...

Yesterday one of the harder parts of missionary life came around again, one of those parts they forget to warn you about. The part of your life where you always seem to be saying goodbye. The three education students who have been blessing us for the last 6 weeks climbed on the little plane and took off for Lusaka while the children waved and cried. I find it’s hard sometimes to let people into your heart when you know they are just here for a short time—holding back makes saying goodbye so much easier! We are so blessed by the many young people who give up a part of their life to serve with us here, but that only makes saying goodbye all the harder.

This morning I ended up walking to Hillwood for church, and then I came home and took a longer nap than I intended to. It was so lovely and peaceful on the road this morning—since it’s dry season there was clear blue skies and a nice breeze blowing. It was so great to have that time of quiet to pray and settle myself before getting to church. I love the first part of the dry season before all the burning starts the best I think—it’s still a little green, there isn’t bits of ash everywhere, and the cool mornings and evenings are all the better for the hot days.

I can’t believe there are only 4 weeks and a bit of term left—where has the time flown! All too soon it will be report card week again, and then the kids will be heading home. Where has the last year and a half gone?


  1. You will be pleasantly surprised 10 or 20 yrs down the road to again meet up with someone who was in your life before. It is a unique experience. So enjoy each new friendship & you will be excited one day to meet someone in a most unlikely place that you met years before. (smile) Have a good week...Hugs gw

  2. I hope that the person who wrote that is right! Leaving Sakeji was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. As our plane left, I left a piece of my heart with all of you. I will never forget the six weeks we spent together and the ways in which our Lord worked. If it be His will I hope to see you all in the near future!

    Love, Ash