3 weeks to go

3 weeks today and we will be driving out of Murgwanza for the last time (for now only I hope). I am so full of mixed emotions and given to tearing up without warning. Sounds similar to when we arrived really!!!

Last night we farewelled Jodi, a lovely Canadian lady - aka Friski the clown; Jodi has been here for 3 months working with Tumaini Fund. She was a joy to have around and will be sorely missed by many, especially the local kids as she has become known as Mama Pipi (pipi is lolly). It was a sad occasion made all the more distressing knowing that in 3 weeks it will be us they are saying ‘bye bye’ to.

Today however we welcome the Archers (CMS-A from Bunda) to Murgwanza for the first time. Tonight all us missio’s will share a meal together and homemade hamburgers are on the menu. I am tasked with providing lettuce (from Megans garden) and caramelised onions!! I imagine it will be a rowdy affair with 9 kids aged 10 and under in the one room. I am also making crème caramel (from a packet) - a good opportunity to use up our litres of milk.

Otherwise we are sorting and packing and giving away. There are many smiling faces leaving our house with the arms full of goodies these days. We are on the hunt for some size 11 feet to fill Robbies shoes he bought here and will not bring home.

Imani has been in Karagwe for his entrance exam for the laboratory course he hopes to study next year. It is amazing how much we missed him yesterday. He should return today and will come and greet us.

Rob is busy trying to document and handover all the IT work he has done through the year and the calls for help just keep on coming.

I will assist Nigel on Friday with examining 12 students who need to re-sit their computer practicals so will spend some time in the library this week helping them prepare.

Last Sunday we had our last home church with the Klein’s (there were tears of course). We then came home and Jake cut us a gum branch for a Christmas Tree and we set about decorating it with whatever we could find. There is certainly not the Christmas season we would be experiencing in Sydney - no Christmas drinks or end of year concerts and presentation days…….quite refreshing really.

This morning’s passage from David Reay was quite fitting I feel given our current situation and unknown future here in Murgwanza….

James 4:13-17

We Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (NLT)

I know one of the reasons I am finding the goodbyes so hard is I don’t know when and/or if I will ever return and meet with so many wonderful people again. But I trust that God knows and He has a plan. I just have to wait for Him to reveal it to me.

Until then……

 

Time Difference

Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it with others.~

A. Nielen
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