Friday, December 10, 2010

The Long Goodbye

To My Most Amiable Readers...

As most of you know, we are coming to the end of two 3-year terms serving here in Chile. Our come-home date is somewhere in April of 2011. We have much to do in these remaining months, most important being the long goodbyes. Taking time to process the transition with our friends here, making sure they know how much we love them and have appreciated their friendship. Encouraging emerging leaders to fill in any gaps our absence may leave. Distributing our possessions, finding homes for our dogs, and making plans for our upcoming furlough year all occupy our minds.

I would appreciate any insight on how to help our children as they lose their pets, their home, many of their toys, their culture, their second language, and their friends within four months time. I cannot fathom how they might feel. Cover them in prayer, please.

If I sound down, perhaps I am a bit. A stomach bug has left me weak. I have so much to tell you all which is exciting, things about what we're going to be doing next, but that will keep for another post. For now I feel the need for prayer support.

Leaving our life here is difficult for me, and can I admit that I'm scared of living in the States? I can't really explain it. It's like when you're swimming in a cold river, after you've gotten used to the temperature. The warm sand on the shore looks inviting, but you know that if you take a break there, it'll be so much harder to get accustomed to the cold again.

Your Most Devoted,

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Oh, I so understand!! Coming back to the States seemed so scary to me as well, and it has been hard, I won't lie. I feel like I'm stuck between two worlds, and can't quite figure out where I belong. But I'll leave that for a face-to-face. My advice would be to find people who do understand and talk with them, process with them. We are more than happy to hang out with you guys and do this! Our kids adjusted really well, I think b/c we talked about it for months before. Showed them pictures. Talked about how it would be. I think the change in food was the hardest part, honestly. But def find a good support network of people that will listen and be there for you. We are also happy to babysit for you guys when you return! I've found the need to have more time with my hubby, time to process and discuss. God is holding you not fear, HE is with you. and we love you too :)