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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Being Loved by God...

Hello everyone,
Well, I have been in Brussels the past 2 days - but for all I know I have died and gone to heaven. I LOVE being here. Who wouldn't love chocolate, cheese, bread, shopping, beautiful weather? All those little things I have been looking forward to I have gotten to do in the last few days. I have had a long shower, slept in a big bed, gone shopping by myself, been to the grocery store, eaten fresh fruits and veggies!!!

Getting to stay with my dear friend Jodi has been an unspeakable blessing. Jodi is an amazing woman of God and she has been so good to me. She is a listening ear, a wise word of wisdom, a truth teller, patient and loving. She has been just the person to help me transition out of Africa. She too is going through some similar experiences, so it is God's loving kindness that Jodi and I have these few days together. Which is why I titled this blog entry, "Being Loved by God". I was telling Jodi of all the blessings of the past few days and it was her that pointed it out to me - this is God loving me, taking care of me, helping me transition.

God has been giving me so much I am overwhelmed. For starters, I got the best send off from the Africa Mercy that I could've ever hoped for. Usually when someone leaves the ship their group of friends gather on the dock to say goodbye, give hugs, and then send them off. When I left the ship on Sunday afternoon it was pouring rain and windy. I didn't really expect anyone to go out in that weather. All of my close friends came out to say goodbye. Even one of my past patients - Joanna and her daughter Angela walked through the rain and wind from town to come to the ship-yard and send me off. Not only that, but Joanna loves to sing - so before I got in the Land Rover she started singing some lovely African worship songs and soon everyone joined in. There we were huddled in a circle of about 10 people, all getting soaking wet, singing that God will carry our load, and that he will be our guide. It was hard to tell if I was soaking wet from the rain or from my tears. It was a moment that I wished I had captured with my camera, but then I think it was a moment that no picture would ever do justice.

When I arrived in Brussels I made it to Jodi's without a problem. The past 2 days have been amazing. I have gotten to see a lot of Brussels, and I have had some wonderful time to myself. Jodi is working while I am here, so during the day I go off exploring and she goes to work. At night we go out and experience Brussels together. Tonight we had a hilarious adventure of aerobics in the park. I will have to post pictures to truly describe what happened. But, imagine a large, historic, beautiful park (picture Central Park) and then add about 300 Belgian people all doing aerobics together. It was so fun and I got to meet some of Jodi's friends.

Going home is bittersweet to be sure, but I am grateful beyond words to God and His love and care for me no matter what part of the world I am in. See you all soon!!!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jen-

I have not been reading your blog but I am excited to read about your journey and so glad that God made the experience more than your expectations. I am soo proud of you for being obedient to God and really bringing him soo much glory. We will all be happy to have you home, but I know you are missed greatly in Africa as well.

Amy Bauman

Yeah you!!!

Anonymous said...

Jen-

I have just caught up on your blog- and I am amazed by your journey, but hey it's God, so I really shouldn't be- but you have been given such an awesome gift to do this and be a part of those people's lives and serve God.

Yeah-
Amy Bauman

tyronebcookin said...

I know this is going to sound weird, but everytime I put on a fresh clean white t-shirt I remember you!

Thanks for bringing the T's when you came, and thanks for bringing some humor, friendship, and just being fun!

Stephanie probably told you I don't do goodbyes well...I tired of them long ago, and the funny part is I have probably seen a lot of the people I did say 'goodbye' to later in life...

But thats ok, I sent my representative for 'high emotion & drama' (my wife) with a message and translation.

As I tell everyone (including my mom) 'Check ya later...'

Rob and Denise Miller said...

Hi, Jen! It's good to hear that God is taking good care of you as you leave us! We miss you and look forward to the day you return! We know that God has more unexpected surprises for you as you travel back home...so keep watch and enjoy!
God's blessings,
Denise and Rob