48 hours before we leave GH2K for good this Wednesday at noon. I'm sure we have mentioned it way too many times, but it's so hard to say good bye! Never mind that we will be leaving our home and jobs; we are leaving our friends and family once more. When we first moved to Honduras in 2011, I had set myself a personal goal... I wanted to have just one good, authentic, Honduran friend within the first month. If only I would have known that these people would receive me as one of their own right away, then I would have set the bar way higher! Not only we gained lifelong friendships, we gained family. Brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and the list goes on and on. Even though we are not blood related, we have grown to care for each other and encourage each other in brotherly love. This is why our heart breaks once again leaving the amazing friends and family that God has placed in our lives for the time being. But as I'm getting teary eyed writing this post, I'm nothing but thankful for every memory made in this country. Either good or bad, but all the experiences and memories created here have just brought us to be the people we are today. Thanks to these people we are encouraged in growing and achieving the goals God has promised to us.
So yeah, to go back to that initial statement, it's so hard to say good bye! And in saying our farewells, we are realizing that our time here was well spent influencing and loving the people around us. We can see this as they mirror our feeling of sadness for not being with each other in presence, and also being encouraged by their wishes and prayers for this next chapter in our lives. Throughout the several "good bye parties" we have celebrated, we have felt so appreciated and that our time here did make a difference.
The first farewell, was two Fridays ago at Youth Church. We were surprised by an "appreciation service" after we shared the message for the night. I wish I could have been prepared for all the emotions as people shared their gratefulness towards our family and how we have influenced the congregation throughout these years. I was so emotional, I couldn't even handle myself, and I was bawling through most of it.
After this awesome surprise, last Monday, the discipleship group also put together a smaller farewell party. We were able to share a meal and dessert and encourage each other in what God holds for all of us as we move different in directions.
We also felt very appreciated and loved as we were hosting our hometown church Lancaster Covenant Church. The whole group was encouraging and willing to help, not only in the jobs they had assigned to them, but also help us prepare and pack for the move. We heard nothing but encouraging words from this group, and we were so blessed to have them here.
With all that, and these last few days of visiting people in Urraco, and being told how we have helped and how we'll be missed; we are so grateful for all these relationship. And we are also leaving happy knowing that our time here has been a blessing to our family, the ministry and our friends in Urraco.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 "We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's good news but our own lives, too" (NLT)
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!