Only four more days until I leave! Seriously, I can hardly believe it. This will be a roller coaster ride of emotions. I have always been super emotional, and cry all the time. I am sure quite a few of you have had “Sheila crying phone calls”- well at least every member of my family for sure.

During this whole process I have been so moved by people’s support. It is incredible when people go out of their way. Case in point – my dentist made sure I had extra toothbrushes and floss (I now have six to last me the next two years). I am embarrassed to admit that once I got out of the office I was moved to tears. Yep, I have sunk to a new low, crying over toothbrushes. It’s sad – even coming from me.

I am packing up all of my stuff and have had piles surrounding me for the past couple of days. But I am proud to say that things are coming together. It’s funny how I have boxes of stuff but for the next two years I will be living out of two suitcases. I love Paul’s words in his letter to the church of Phillipi – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Phil 4:12-13).” I pray that in these next few years I would have a heart of contentment. I will praise The One who gives me strength.

These next four days will be of more getting ready, commissioning at church, parties (after all it will be my birthday – a two for one), and saying goodbye to dear friends.

So I guess my next post will be from Africa – I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, I have been clinging to this verse: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Phil 4:19-20).”


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