There we stood, nervous, anxious, and yet full of excitement as we introduced ourselves to the congregation. In one moment, we found ourselves in front of a crowd of people in Cartagena, Colombia. In our broken Spanish, and with the great help of our contacts and translators, we shared our hearts with the congregation at Iglesia Cristiana Mansion. We were strangers, yet in that moment we became family. Without hesitation, without question, we were “adopted” into this congregation. They didn’t know much about us, but they welcomed us. And we are now a part of their family.
It is a moment I reflect on as we prepare to sell our things, pack our home, and move our family to Colombia. Lately, I’ve found myself getting sentimental with our remaining time here. I tear up talking with my sister and thinking about our limited time together. My heart jumps when I talk with my parents. Our calendar is being filled with dates to meet with friends and family, taking advantage of each moment.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014 while in Cartagena, I read Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” How powerful and strong relationships and family are! How important they are!
In the midst of this transition, I’m so thankful for our family and friends here. We can’t even begin to share with each one of you how much we appreciate your friendship, your support, your love. I know this is not “goodbye” but simply…”See you later.” And as we move forward, we embrace and anxiously await our return to our family in Colombia.