So we are back home and today is my first day back at work. Not sure how this is going to be for me. Nothing like jumping right back into things huh? The past few days have been great getting to catch up with family and friends. It has been good to share our summer with them and to hear about all they have been up to this summer. Not sure I was ready to leave Kenya, but am always glad to be around people I love.
Debriefing was like a holding area in between Kenya and America. We talked about how to tell our stories, how to avoid rejecting American culture, how to continue to see God in our lives etc. It was good to have that transition, but when our plane landed in America I was ready to be home. Maybe that is because I was sick on the plane?!
It was helpful to have experienced missionaries give us tips on how to talk about our summer. How do you cram 2 months worth of incredible experiences into conversations that keep peoples attention? What do people really want to know about? What is saying too much? too little? How do you encourage others to be a part of what you have been a part of? How do you adequately describe 2 months of God?
In the past few days when I have thought about the summer the word that keeps popping in my head is Creation. I feel like I spent the whole summer in awe of God's magnificent creation. The most beautiful part of this is that I dont mean the animals or trees or anything like that. Actually most of the animals and vegetation we saw we saw our last 2 days. The creation I have been most captivated by is us, by people. I maybe somewhat biased but I feel like the most beautiful people on Earth live in Africa. Their smiles could light up the world. The laughter of children is the most precious song. The determination and joy on a face of someone who has received life forever is priceless. I feel like we spent the summer seeing God's best work. Even in the most difficult of times (and believe me there were certainly those as well) we witnessed the glory of God and the magnificence of his Creation. This came not only from the Kenyans, but from those on our team, from our families and friends, and from everyone who was faithfully praying for us at home. In the midst of the challenges, of the enemy working overtime to stop what God was doing, in cries heard throughout the valley-we saw God be big, we saw God be God. I am not sure how to describe that fully but I am excited to try.