(Originally written on December 16, 2020.) I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m having a bit of difficulty determining what to write in this, my last email newsletter of my first year in Papua New Guinea.
As I traveled today, I was working on clearing out some of the photos on my phone (it was getting a little too close to 4,000 pictures). Looking through photos has always been a good reminder to me of God’s faithfulness. So as I try now to reflect and process, I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s been almost a year. As I look through photo after photo I am reminded of the ways that God provided, the joy He has given, and the beautiful unity and community that are found in the body of Christ, despite coming from over 15 different cultures.
So know that if we have lunch over the next month,or if I see you in church, I may not know quite yet what all I have learned, the ways I have grown and the reasons I am glad to be going back. But maybe over a cup of coffee, or bacon at the Cozy Cottage, you can be part of processing through this journey God has me (and all of us) on to know Him more deeply.
I’ve heard that when you go home for some time, PNG starts to feel like a made up place because they really are two separate worlds. So help me as I adjust from one world to the next. The grocery store might be a bit overwhelming, I might be super freezing my whole month in Indiana, and I might not remember how to drive. But I’m happy to be coming home to all the people that word means.