Thursday, November 15, 2012

A thank you.

Most days, more often than not, its hard to even believe the last year of my life even happened. Looking back a year ago, I was quitting a good job, to follow a calling I felt to serve in Africa. Wow. Now a year later, I am back home, earlier than expected, and blown away by the experience I had. 

Before I go any further, I want to share with you all an email I sent out soon after finding out for sure, I was going to have to leave earlier than I planned. 


"Friends and Family

God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Sometimes His sovereign goodness is displayed in a manner in which we didn’t expect to see his good. That sometime happened to me just yesterday.

As most of you know, yesterday was border-crossing day for me. My passport stamp expires on the 24th of the month, so it was important to cross a few days in advance just to be on the safe side. With an early morning start and an amazing Game drive safari in Botswana, we made our way back towards the Ngoma border crossing back into Namibia.

I can’t even begin to explain to you the nerves I felt with each passing mile. All I could do was pray.

As we reached the border, and stood in the long line of people trying to get in the country, I’m sure I was pale in the face. My nerves had gotten the best of me. Sure it is easy for me, every step of the way leading up to this moment to give it over to God, to trust Him with everything that is within me. But in that moment standing in line, my heart dropped deeper into my stomach with every loud thud of that immigration officer’s stamp.

When my time finally arrived, I kindly handed over my passport, smiled my biggest smile and tried to make small talk with the officer behind the glass. Apparently the heat and the long lines had gotten to him, because he was in no mood for conversation. After several remarks, threats, and questions, he finally stamped my passport and handed it to me without a word.

I walked out of the building and opened my passport to see that I was not given any sort of extension. My date remained the same. September 24th. Tears immediately filled my eyes until my vision was blurred. My first thought, “I have to say goodbye, and how do I even begin that process.”

After a car ride of tears, that saying came to my mind. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Even now, in my sadness, shock, and confusion of emotions in coming home, my God is good.

I want each and every one of you to know how important you have been along this 9-month journey. I am so thankful to have people such as you in my life to love and support me.

As I begin the process of saying goodbye, and the long journey home, please remain in prayer for me. Intercede on my behalf requesting that the Lord will bring peace and comfort that washes over all of my sadness."


So now with the recap of what happened just over a month ago, I want to share with you all a thank you. 

Please watch the video, and pass it along. 

Thank you again for it all. 

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