Friday, November 21, 2008

I hate goodbyes!

Pre-scheduled post:

Today is the final day here in Africa...then plan is to go to the Maasai market with Bill and Barb and have lunch there and then do our final packing to come back home. We don't leave until 11:30 PM Kenya time so we have the whole day and evening with them before we have to get to the airport at about 9:30 pm.

Last year I cried profusely leaving Barb at the airport (she cried too) and even the security guard was touched watching us and asked us if we were okay. After she left and I went through security, I sat in the airport with my Java House coffee I cried for 2 hours still trying to come to grips with leaving. And...I did a lot of crying in the days to come as you who are close to me know. My husband thought I needed counseling at the time but I told him I wasn't the strange one, a lot of Americans are upside down and I'm the one who's right side up! (On this issue, at least!) Pastor T asked me the other day before I left if I thought I would come back as "depressed" this time or something like that. (Nothing wrong with him asking me that, nor was I upset -- it was a natural question that was asked in a caring spirit.) I explained to him I wasn't depressed -- I was changed. My tears were not depression after my trip last year, they were because of a life-changing experience and a love in my heart for the people and the nation.

Well, getting back to the schedule, we leave on our first flight to London at 3:30 pm Tampa time today. Please be in prayer for us! Please pray against the turbulence on my behalf again...thanks! I will text to the Twitter when we land at London Heathrow, and then again when we land in Philly, and finally when we land in Tampa. This time the trip will be a few more hours, totaling 27 hours and 6 minutes. (Last year one of my trips was 33 hours!) Again we'll be traveling for a total of 8,718 miles.

And yes, I'll be in church on Sunday morning...of course. :-)

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