|We ran into some of our girls from Kamanga that were at Camp for the week! So fun!|
|with Kenley outside her office at school|
|love these ladies!|
Patty was the only one leaving with me, and she was flying to Houston. The rest of our group drove us to the airport, and after postponing it for a few minutes, we finally said goodbye. We got checked in, and just as we were about to go through the door to another area, I heard the other girls on the second floor hanging off the balcony waving. In unison, they did the "Superstar" move. It made my heart smile!! Hated saying bye to them.
|What a great team!|
We landed at DFW around 9:30 on Sunday morning. Erin was so sweet to drive mom and dad to the airport to pick me up. Mom hates driving in the airport! After a really long wait to get luggage, I finally met up with them. We headed to Matitos for lunch, and Kristen and Bret met us there. They happened to be in town for a Rangers game. Mom, Dad, and Erin came over for a bit after lunch to take home my suitcases and to let me show them pictures and tell stories. It helped keep me awake and fight jet lag, too! I made it until 8:30 that night before crashing!
I have now been home for almost a week. I feel like the transition period has been harder this time than last year. I can't explain the mix of emotions I feel while adjusting back to life here. I am constantly checking my watch to see what time it is in Zambia, wondering what the girls are doing, wondering how the kids/teachers are, and thinking about the thousands of children still on the streets . It's hard not being there. I truly feel like I left a piece of my heart there. Before I left for the trip this year, I thought it might be my last time to go for awhile just because of financial reasons, wanting to buy a house next summer, etc. When the plane landed here on Sunday, I knew that those plans will probably change. We will see what God does, but I have a feeling I will be going back next summer! The great thing about the transition period, though, has been the increased focus on reading in His word, memorizing scripture, and praying. I know God will bless this time and season and use it to grow me. I am also looking forward to him using it to show me what is next and how I can help the fatherless around me, not just in Zambia.
Please join me in praying for the second team of teachers doing Teach ONE this summer. 3 girls will be joining my friends who are already there, and they will be working at a new school. Pray for safety in travel, good relationships with the teachers, strength and rest, and bonding within the team. I can't wait to hear what God does during their 2 weeks at Mtendere Lifeway Christian Academy.