It’s amazing how fast time can fly; it seems like just yesterday that I boarded that plane out of Houston, with everything I owned packed tight in my suitcases. I was full of so many emotions and thoughts. I was so scared, and uncertain of what this new life I was stepping into would look like; I was excited and anxious to get settled into my new home and get to know the kids. I knew that day that I would find my place somehow in Didasko, and I was sure that I would fall deeply in love with the kids, but honestly I had no clue what I had just gotten myself into.
I didn’t know that day that I would love those children deeper than I had ever known love before, I didn’t know how it would feel the first time I heard the words “I love you mommy”, and I had absolutely no idea how bad it would hurt when I had to say goodbye.
I am so grateful for the privilege and honor that it has been, to have the opportunity to invest in the lives of His little loves. I can’t possibly express how much I’ve learned and how I’ve grown during my time in Didasko. I have learned the value of the word “mommy” and the privilege it is to hear it come from such sweet lips. I have a deeper appreciation and understanding of the love of our Father, and a tiny glimpse of how He cares for us more than we can possibly comprehend. I’ve also learned that just as everything has a beginning, it also has an end.
Recently, I returned to the U.S. after four years on the field as I was overdue to come home for a time of rest, training and ministry re-focus. Over the last several months the Lord has been clearly speaking to my heart about so many things. One of the things I feel strongly about is to further my education to be able to work with children in a greater capacity. I truly believe that this is part of the Lord‘s will for this season of my life.
I KNOW that the Lord has called me to be “A Mommy to Many”, and that He has asked me to be “a mother to the motherless”. He has not waivered in that, and I am not questioning it. I do not know what my future holds, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is not finished with this calling. I believe that He wants to take this time to further prepare me to be able to accomplish the things that He wants me to do.
For so many of you that have been supporting me so faithfully throughout the last four years, I can’t possibly express how grateful I am for your love and support. Thank you for believing in me and this calling that the Lord has placed on my heart. Throughout the next several months I will be looking for a job and a degree program in the U.S. If you feel led and are able, I am asking those that financially support me to do so through the end of this 2011 year as I get settled back in the states. Thank you so very much for your continued love and support. I will keep you posted during this next season!