Monday, January 12, 2009

Tunaalabagana (See You Later)

I truly dread saying goodbye. Last year, I was so looking forward to coming to Uganda and all God had in store, but I hated even the thought of saying farewell to my family and friends. This year, it is not much different. I am so excited to see and hug my family and friends back home, but I am having a very hard time even thinking of saying goodbye to my Rafiki family. I expected it to be hard. So, this is not a surprise. I just hate that sometimes joyous reunions mean pain in other relationships.

Despite these feelings of sadness, I am encouraged by all that God has done this year - in my life, in the lives of these children, in my relationship with Him. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met and come to love more of His people around the world. I am so grateful for each of you who has been an integral part of this ministry. Because of you, I know this is not a lasting goodbye for many of the relationships I have formed; for I know that I will see many of these precious faces again, if not here on this earth, then in heaven. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart and journey with you. I pray that this will not be the last! For now, tunaalabagana!


Lindsey said...

you are so sweet, andrea. i'm glad this year has been such a blessing to you and to those you met.

Stephanie said...

What an incredible journey and year for you! I will be especially thinking of you tonight and tomorrow! See you soon sister!! Love you always, Stephanie

Lindsay said... i am writing this you have 2 days 14 hours 59 minutes and 30 seconds!!! how exciting but i know it is a bitter sweet time. i will be praying for you and glad it has been such an amazing year for you!! i love you and can't wait to see you!!

Cara said...

dear miss.d,
i have missed you sooooooo much and can't wait for you to come home.i hope you have a very safe flight and i will see you soon.

cara ganoudis

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