“I guess Glinda was right, there really is no place like home.” As the red velvet curtain closed, I hoped that one day I would be standing on that stage portraying the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Now it IS me in a way, only different. Instead of this being an end to the story, it’s a beginning to my new life in Zambia, and instead of me being behind a red velvet curtain, I’m looking down the long, red-dirt, bumpy road ahead of me.
Well, here we are in Zambia and it’s good to be back! Our travels were long as you have already heard but it was all worth it. We were welcomed into a guesthouse and treated like kings and queens. The best part is that there is a pool in the back yard, so, of course, I go out there at least twice a day! All that aside, this has been a time of busyness and packing and all of us have been stressed from time to time. I would say it was worth it though.
Someone once told me you never realize how much you are loved until you have to leave everyone. I experienced this to be true during the last few months – people I don’t normally get along with told me countless times that they are going to miss me so much. One friend started to count how many times I got hugged. I think she counted at least 20 and missed some! It wasn’t just kids from my class – it was many people that have had an influence on my life. It just shows how blessed I am with so many people who love me.
I have a slight fear of airplanes and was afraid for our journey. One particular Bible verse stood out to me:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Another one was “When I am afraid I will put my trust in you.”
When I was afraid, I would say those verses over and over in my head. In one of my late night talks with my sister, she told me if God wants us go to Africa he will get us there safely. That stood out to me so much so I also thought of that when I was afraid. As expected we did arrive safely! I will now never doubt that God is completely in control.
Now through all of that we are home! Why is this place home? Well, I would say I feel welcome everywhere. I have grown to love all the people that live here. I know that life is simpler and I embrace it. It is nice to go hang out with someone and to have their full attention – they aren’t texting with someone else. I love the food and the ‘softies’. Funny story, when we were on the plane to Lusaka, I asked the stewardess what kind of pop she had, forgetting that it isn’t called pop in Africa. Oh well.
I am anticipating that so many good things will happen to our family. I know this is going to be an opportunity for me to grow in my relationship with God.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this time and everyone who has shown love to us. I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am hoping to write more during the time we are in Zambia. Thanks again.