Well, I’ve been back in Oklahoma for almost two months now. The time has gone by so quickly. It has been an interesting time re-adjusting to life back here. Just in the few days after returning I had to remember to put on my seatbelt (I never really wore one in Ecuador) and that I couldn’t honk at people driving down the road (that’s how you communicate when you’re driving there). My body is still having a hard time adjusting, the cold might kill me! My jungle blood can’t take it! I know most people think once you return things just go back to the way they were when you lived in America before. But, that’s not really the case. In Ecuador, I became accustomed to a new way of life and then upon returning I somehow have to mesh those two together, and it takes some time.
The week before last I was able to attend debrief in North Carolina. I was so thankful to go. I didn’t know how hard leaving the jungle would be. I knew that I was really sad and I wasn’t allowing myself to grieve. During the debrief the facilitators helped walk the class through lots of things, grieving a loss was one of them. One huge thing I realized was is how blessed I was to work with a great organization, others there were not so lucky.
Before I left for debrief I was offered a job! Can you believe it! Isn’t that what we had been praying for! I will share at another time how I knew that taking the job was exactly what the Lord wanted me to do. There’s not been to many things in my life that have been so clear…it was pretty awesome!
TO MY SUPPORTERS… December can be your last month to give! Okay, now get the tissues,
Just so you know this part is being written with tears, lots of them. Goodness, I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for you. Grateful doesn’t even come close to touching it. You helped to make a difference in the jungle by allowing me to be there. I didn’t worry about funds because you were faithful in supporting me. You gave extra when I asked and when you didn’t have to. You never questioned me about what I was doing or said I wasn’t doing enough. You trusted me with your heart as I went and followed the Lord across the world. You cared for me during the time I was in Oklahoma and was struggling with illness. One of my greatest joys is knowing there is a mess load of people cheering me on behind the scenes. My heart is full of joy as I say thank you from the deepest part of my heart for all that you have done for me. You have stored up great treasures in heaven!!!!
When I moved to Ecuador on January 8, 2015, I was in the airport frantic because I found out while checking in I could only take 2 bags instead of the 4 I had packed. So I repacked in the airport, all the while trying to push back the emotions of leaving. Then as it was time to go my sweet sweet friend prayed this blessing over me. I think it’s only fitting that I pray it over you as we close this chapter together…The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Amen.