The time is almost here! I fly out in just under a week now. On the 21st of May at 1320 to be exact. The nerves have been coming and going, mixed in with the occasional panic, excitement, sadness, exhaustion, frustration and a million other feelings.
Every day has been full as I try to get the last things done. I spent 7 1/2 hours shopping yesterday which was a marathon and for those who know me well, a real feat, given that I am not the biggest fan of shopping!
Last week I packed up my home in Auckland and spent time with my various circles of friends there, saying goodbye. To be honest it felt surreal. On Saturday my folks came up and we loaded up all my things to take back to Hamilton and go into storage in my parents shed (lucky them!).
This week is tying up final lose ends, photo copying paperwork, final shopping, sorting through clothes and writing lists. Then, on Saturday it’s all the extended family goodbyes, Sunday is my commissioning at my church in Auckland and then my final two days just quiet days relaxing at home.
On the Wednesday I will be taken up to the airport by my parents. My trip will last approximately 36 hours, the first flight to Hong Kong (12 hours) with a 4 hours stop-over, the on to Addis Ababa (11 hours) with another 4 hours stop-over, then onto Kigali (2 1/2 hours) followed by a 2 1/2 hour trip by road and then I’ll be there… Potters Village… my home for the next 5 months!
So, in this next week, please do think of me and pray for me.