Friday, May 20, 2011

"Home Assignment"

Tonight we said goodbye to our dear friend and David Family Associate, Nancy. She is

going home to the U.S. for 5 months. It's hard to believe that it was one year ago this weekend that we left Uganda for our 5 month leave in the U.S. Going "home" is such an interesting time in the life of a missionary. So many emotions. While looking forward to "rest" from the many cultural challenges and the "work", the reality is that "rest" can sometimes be hard to achieve. There will be many visits, speaking engagements, presentations and detailed explanations to give on the nature of our work here. However, amidst all of that is the joy of seeing dear friends and family and spending time reconnecting with them. Pray with us as we pray for Nancy's time at "home." I set that apart with quotes because the longer we live in another country, the more it becomes home to us. Leaving one home to be home in another place is always a mixed bag. You're never fully home no matter where you are because parts of you are scattered among the places and people that are dear to you. Thank you for your prayers for us and for Nancy. Actually, this seems to be a year filled with many on home assignment. Since January we've been saying goodbye each month to dear friends and co-workers. One just returned this week and others will be returning throughout the year, but most of them will be away until next January. Numerous and frequent Hellos and Goodbyes are a huge part of being a missionary!!!!!

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