|No, I couldn't lift them all at the same time!|
As I stepped off the plane onto the ground in Kenya, and again in Rwanda the next morning, two questions came to my mind. First, "Are they still using stairs instead of a jetway here?" And second, "Has it really been nine years since I last stepped foot on African soil?" Indeed both were true. Over the next three weeks, I would experience a flood of emotions and a burden for the amazing, loving, and diverse people who fill the continent. One thing is for sure, I am certain that Africa is where the Lord wants us.
Shortly after arriving home in El Paso, TX our Youth In Mission teams began to return from their two month assignments in England, Madagascar, and India. As we suffered jet lag together, they began to tell the stories of their experiences and give testimony to what God is doing throughout the world. It is a privilege to serve a God who is all powerful and who is present throughout the entire face of the earth, and yet chooses to use us to accomplish his purposes. In just a few short hours, our YIM students will depart from our re-entry camp and head home, reinvigorated with the stories of God's faithfulness and empowered to continue on serving their creator. As they go, they will mark the closing of the door on our 10 year history with YIM. We owe so much to this program and we have learned a vast wealth from our time as participants and leaders of this ministry.
A month from now, we will be settling in to our transitional home in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. Macy will be starting kindergarten and find herself immersed in the world of French. Jill and I will be preparing to begin language study; returning to communication as children, babies learning their first words and frustrated by their inability to communicate. It will probably take Connor more than a week to realize that his baby sitter is speaking French in place of the English. But we know that learning French will be vital if we hope to communicate with our brothers and sisters on the Africa Middle Field and that the Lord with guide us. Please continue to pray for us during this amazing time.