Well here it is… the day of departure eve. I had my commissioning and send off yesterday at church as well as a goodbye dinner with some of my closest friends. I only cried a little, for which I’m thankful for and only made a couple of other people cry for which I’m also thankful for.
As I sit here writing this and contemplate over my last day at home and in Vancouver for awhile, I’m really truly overwhelmed by the encouragement and support that I feel undeserving of. I’ve never considered words of affirmation to be one of my love languages but as I’ve had people (some I barely know) come up and say some incredibly kind and meaningful words it’s really struck a chord with me. I don’t what to say other then every single encouragement was felt and appreciated and it’s with that that I leave for Kenya.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another… Hebrews 10:24-25
There are a couple people in particular who’ve just been so overwhelmingly supportive and have been fantastic friends who not only build me up but also direct me towards where my focus ought to be. They’ve offered me shoulders to cry on and meaningful conversation and for them I’m extra grateful that I can count them as my friends and supporters.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being a bit of a sap with all the lovey doveyness and when I really think about it, it’s barely even a year I’m gone. But I guess as you get older or more mature (hopefully…) I think you begin to realise what you’re leaving behind even if what’s ahead is gonna be sweet.
Once again, I really am truly moved and grateful that I’m so blessed with the people in my life and their generous and giving hearts. It makes me sad to leave such an awesome family and friends but I’M SO PUMPED! People keep asking me if I’m excited and I can honestly up until today I’ve felt very matter of fact-ly about this whole thing but now looking forward I can’t wait to see what this year holds!
Just for those who are wondering, tomorrow I leave for orientation in Toronto and then Friday I’m actually making my way to Nairobi with a connection in London then landing Saturday night.
P.S. Aren’t you guys glad that I’ll actually have stories to write about of stuff I’m doing instead of just my feelings? Cause I sure am!