"For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land." Ezekiel 36:24
Last night I slept in my own bed in my own room in my own home for the first time in 23 days. While I'm overjoyed to be reunited with my family part of me found it overwhelming to return home. I spent three weeks in a one-bedroom hotel room sleeping under a mosquito net. Warm water often escaped us and nearly every meal consisted of rice, beans and potatoes. Yet most of whom I met while in Africa could only dream of living under such accommodations. Most of whom I met would give anything for running water and three meals a day. Many of whom I met would give anything for just a blanket and one meal a day. I'm glad to be home but my return feels bittersweet.
I realize there's nothing wrong with our family owning a home. But so help me if I ever take our living accommodations for granted again. God has blessed our family in countless ways. May I always remember to be thankful for all He has done. For to whom much has been given, much will be required (Luke 12:48).
My time in Africa ranks as one of the most memorable experience in my life--alongside of my wedding and the birth of my children. I failed to write during our time in Africa because internet access proved hard to find. But I pray God allows me the time and the words to share my experience with you over the next few weeks.
Thank you for your love and support over the past few weeks. May you join me in giving thanks, praise and glory to God for the work He accomplished through us, and for our safe return. "And you are helping us by
praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has
graciously answered so many prayers for our safety." 2 Corinthians 1:11