Leaving, Round 2

Well, it’s that time again, everyone is getting ready to leave… again…

Somehow, it seems both harder and easier this time.

In about 9 days, Cameron & Tyler will be leaving for the second part of their trip, but this time, they will be joined by Josh! (you can read the announcement here) They have some really cool idea’s for this leg of the trip, but we’re not ready to publicly announce it yet, so check out their blog for that announcement soon! All I can say about it is that it gave me the reason I needed to buy a piece of equipment I’ve wanted for a while now :). It is easier, because they’ve already been gone for a while, so this isn’t something new, but it’s harder because I’ve just started to get used to them being home again…

But they aren’t the only one’s leaving soon…

For the past few weeks I have had the opportunity and the pleasure to share my office with a young man from Africa named Elias. He is here visiting America, and specifically The Family Center, because he wants to serve his community in Mozambique, and eventually build a center like this one there. If you want to learn more about what Elias is trying to do, you can check out his website here.

I have absolutely loved having Elias here. It has been very cool to see him grow and develop in just the few weeks that I have gotten to know him. For someone like me who loves to teach & explain things to people, having Elias here has been an absolute joy because there is so much to be taught or explained. And we’ve had our share of laughter as he learns about America, our culture, and those weird quirky things we say that most of us don’t’ think twice about. (oh yeah, I got him to say “peace out girl/boy scout”… That was a priceless moment for me!)

Quick story. One of the first day’s he was here, he sneezed and I, of course, said “God bless you”. And he looked at me like I was crazy. Then he asked me “I hear people say that all the time when people sneeze, why do they say that?”. So then I proceeded to explain to him about how people used to believe that it was your spirit trying to escape, or the devil stealing your spirit, or something like that and so they would say “God bless you” because they believed that it would keep your spirit in your body. He thought it was about as crazy as it sounds (and it really is). Then he told me that he wasn’t going to say “god bless you” because it held no relevance & blessings should be given out of genuineness and not out of a social obligation to say something when someone sneezes (I paraphrased him there). And I was ok with that. He has taught me as much if not more than I have taught him. I will miss him when he leaves.

So that is my life right now… But I know that everything they are doing, God has a plan for it, and it is better for all of us that way. And so I can truly say that I have joy in their leaving. Godspeed.

Go and be
Nothing less than you
Cause you begin in Him
He’ll show you what you need to know
To go and be
Every single day
Who you are in Him
Go and be
~ “Go and Be” by Audio Adrenaline

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