One of the hardest things for me in my new life and ministry is dealing with all the hello’s and good-bye’s. The hello’s are great. The good-bye’s are hard.
Picking up my mom and sister at the airport= wonderful, exciting, beautiful, priceless
Taking them back to the airport= tearful, sad, a feeling of loss
Running the Youth Alpha course at a local high school= connection, bonding, joy, relationship
End of the Alpha course=sadness, loss, wondering if I would see most of the students again
Conducting a Rooted in Jesus Junior training=connection, excitement, new friendships
End of the training=sadness, loss
My happiest hello’s are when I see family members again—either on this side of the world or in the States. I’m so grateful for the two weeks that my mom and sister got to spend with me in Cape Town. I loved every minute of our time together, showing them around and giving them a taste of my world, especially since it was my sister’s first trip here.
I love meeting people through the trainings and programmes with which I am involved. It’s amazing how a sense of community can form within three days or six weeks, but these projects are always short-term; and we have to move on. And so we do, waiting for the next hello.