And just like that we're seated at Gate 4 in Entebbe waiting on the first of three return flight(s) home. It's surreal. So much has happened the last couple weeks. From the big cities to "the bush" there's been much to process at every turn. So many heart wrenching, life changing, worship demanding events. So much was done. There's still so much to do. But honestly I don't have much to say. I'm sure that as I process and debrief over the next couple weeks there will be a lot of conversation and maybe some writing about the outreach, home visits, teaching, friends made and challenges encountered. For now three words will do:
See you soon!
The last stop we made this morning was a quick visit to Maranatha High School. A Christian secondary school in the Gaba community training and equipping the next generation of Christian leaders. The picture above is of some 40+ Senior 2 (approx sophomore) students who excitedly waved and extended peace signs at the camera as I greeted them hi and goodbye. As we journeyed across campus and met students staff and administrators it set in; this was it.. I was saying goodbye; for now. I'm leaving Africa this evening, if the Lord says the same I'll be back late July but it won't be Rwanda or Uganda. I'm excited by that fact that I could be back here as early as summer 2016 but leaving tonight is tough. I have grown to love and already miss my family here.
As tough as it is I can not wait to be home. Once boarded here we'll fly to Nairobi Kenya fora few hours before we head to Paris. Since time flies when your having fun we're hoping that the long layover there is refreshing and not frantic. The plan is to exit the airport for a few hours and Tour de France.. (have a nice cup of coffee) before boarding for the last leg of travel -an 11 hour flight to Los Angeles. Words cannot express the excitement and anticipation of being back with my family there. It will be a great joy to be with my children after 2 weeks of being with orphans. Even further I look forward to reuniting with the wife of my youth as we continue our journey of faith together. It's been hard meeting and praying with widow after widow (most of them with 6 children) who can't provide for their families after being abandoned or losing their husbands to disease. As the Lord allows and supplies grace for, I return with a renewed passion and commitment to lead and serve The Ross' in love and compassion. Still further I'm looking forward to being back in my community, with family and friends to love and serve. In the coming weeks I hope we get a chance to sit and marvel at what God is doing in Africa, in Los Angeles, and in our hearts.
See you soon!