Monday April 8, 2019

Luke 8:49-56 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.” When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.

Today was pretty routine: school work with the kids while Jeff volunteered at the hospital. The kids are losing steam with school and to be honest so am I. I don’t know who wants this aspect of our year to end more, me or them. I will say that whenever we are finally done with their curriculum I will feel a huge sigh of relief that we all made it through without strangling each other. There are some amazing homeschooling parents out there and while I have managed for this year, I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that I made the right choice to not pursue teaching.

Jeff reported that the children at the hospital were so much fun today, full of smiles and laughter. These children have such a profound effect on me, their little faces just light up when they see us volunteers walk into their room and then break our hearts with screams and tears when we have to leave.

Jeff and I talked a bit this past weekend and we realized that while we are looking forward to Kenya, we are not feeling that pull to go just yet. We have been dragging our feet with purchasing our tickets for our planned departure of early May. Yesterday I sent a quick email to Mary with FFR to see how they were doing with volunteers for the month of May. Come to find out they have been very concerned about how they were going to manage hospital shifts because several supervisors are heading to Germany for some fundraising during the middle of May. When I asked her if it would help for us to stay, she emphatically said “yes” (in an email that is). During a quick texting conversation with Jeff we both agreed to stay in Romania a bit longer, as long as KGSA in Kenya was not in dire need of our help. A quick message and an immediate response that we should stay in Romania where we are needed, but they were still looking forward to our help in June. So there you have it…we are staying in Romania to snuggle and love these little angels through the end of May. Between this and the purchase of my tickets to the US for my grandmother’s funeral, I finally feel a bit of direction has been graciously given to us. It may not be the answers to everything we are waiting to learn, but it’s a start and it helps me have a more concrete plan through May. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest and I feel much calmer knowing where we will be for April and May.

Today after the kids finished school I was able to start packing for my trip back to the States next Saturday. We have decided to lighten our load significantly and I will be traveling back with Jeff and David’s backpacks filled with clothes and souvenirs that we will leave at my parents house. This will help our travels significantly, as we won’t have to lug around as many bags. We will be down to just two checked bags and then everyone will have a carry-on. I can’t believe how much easier this will make traveling. I wish I could take more, but the bag is packed to the limit.

With everything that has happened between this weekend and today, I feel rejuvenated and ready to continue on this faith journey for the rest of my life. I realized that this journey does not stop when our 12 months is up, but rather this was just the beginning of a new life with God as our captain.

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