Monday, August 3, 2015

Saying Good-Bye


One last photo before leaving!  

It has been a long time since I've posted but at long last I have a few moments to muse about the last few weeks.  June was a pivotal period in our lives as we went through the emotional process of saying good-bye to the places and people who have become so much a part of our lives.  Those good byes were difficult and there were many tears but there was laughter too, and shared memories and encouraging words and through it all the goodness of the Lord shone through.









As we transitioned out of the roles we had played in the ministry, we made the intentional decision to spend the last few weeks spending as much time as possible with the people who had touched our lives.
Our neighbours!










We arranged meals with dear friends, a 'block party' for our closest neighbours and spent many hours just sitting and chatting over cups of African tea.



 How we relished those times as we were able to express our love and appreciation for those who had welcomed us so whole-heartily into their lives.  We learned much in those conversations about how simple acts of kindness and a listening ear can have the biggest impact.





Hope Family and Treasures Class say good bye to the girls
Yes we wrote reports and balanced books, taught multiplication tables and pushed wheel-chairs, played with toddlers and prayed with people, but ultimately it's not what we did but what we learned that will have the most lasting impact.  Our children have been shaped in innumerable ways and we ourselves will never be the same.

David family who gave us a wonderful farewell party!

  So thank you to our New Hope friends and co-workers - you will forever be a part of us. Thank you too to those of you who have supported us from afar - you are a part of our story and we treasure each one of you.  And so we step out into the unknown thankful that we know the One who knows the end from the beginning.
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good."