Of course, I didn’t actually have all those suitcases to contend with, but I did have a hodge-podge of materials to maneuver into the stipulated size, shape and weight for international flight baggage allowance. Today, Mary and Traci are tackling that process as they prepare to return to the USA tomorrow.
Let’s just imagine for a minute what their suitcases might contain on the return trip:
- There will be the memories of many faces and smiles and arm clasp/shoulder pats (African equivalent to American hugs). They were part of the joyful welcome from the women anticipating blessings at each location.
- There will be the compassionate prayers of African sisters supporting their American sisters on their long journey home.
- We need to include some stories of interesting foods, puzzling customs and shopping ventures.
- Photos of new friends and recently discovered ministry partners will be tucked in between layers of encouragement in finding dedicated people serving God in difficult situations.
- I also see a heap of fulfillment in being able to teach and minister to women with responsive hearts, where God was invited in to work.
- But there is a collection of regret too, that the problems were too great to resolve in such a short time, that the money just couldn’t spread further, and that there were some who went away to return to heart-breaking situations we didn’t even learn about until later.