Oh you all. Bless you.
Yesterday we were commissioned by our church and sent out in a big and beautiful way. The day was humbling and uplifting.
Here is a link to the service if you are interested and you it was an AMAZING, blessed service of glorifying our missionary God. We shared a bit at the end. Click on the Sunday pm sermon by Jeff Waibel.
Jon is loading the van, each piece of luggage has been weighed and puzzled together. He is ready to disconnect our wireless after this post.
How am I really doing?
I am heartbroken and so thankful.
I am sad and filled with joy.
I am excited and scared out of my mind
Doubtful and full of faith.
This weekend was full of goodbyes. Sunday as we said goodbye to several hundred people at church and then an open house, we felt carried and wrapped in love, encouragement and prayer. My tears were few (for me at least). I had a few weird moments of almost feeling like I was observing myself from an outside perspective and thinking, “Woohoo! I am not a blubbering disaster!”
Today we said more goodbyes and again, I felt amazed at how peacefully it went. The Littles get it. They leaned extra hard into some hugs, listened with big eyes as people expressed their love, but after our last visitor pulled out, Little A squeezed tight into Jon and started asking questions about all these goodbyes. She snuggled on his shoulder and said, “I just feel so sad. I want to be with my friends.”
Just now while I tried to write a blog post, Jon worked and The Littles are being pushed by Uncle Chad and Aunt Leigh on the swing, a dam broke and I fell on the bed and gulped in breath through sobs.
It is our privilege to go but this hurts so much. God uses His children because He loves us.
We have two more suitcases and our carseats, backpacks and carryons left to pile in.
It’s go time.
For those who want to know lots of details:
Tuesday midday, Chicago bound.
Overnight in Chicago.
Arrive at the airport at 4:40 am on Wednesday.
2.5 hour layover in Dallas
14.75 hour flight into Dubai
22 hour layover
4 hour flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
We arrive at 1:30 pm on Friday. (Feels like 6:30 am Friday morning on Central time)
Hope to update you as soon as we can. Love you all and love our God.