Here I am sitting in the Airport waiting for my plane that will take me away from this country that holds such a special place in my heart. I can’t believe this day has actually come. A year ago I was in this same airport, collecting my bags, and anxious for what lie ahead. Now, here I am a year later so sad to leave and looking back on all the amazing things this year has held. I never thought my life would change this much and I would build such amazing relationships.
I look back to all the memories: working on farms, skinning a sheep, killing and plucking a chicken, milking cows, feeding calves, holding new born animals, skydiving, going to the beach, coaching basketball, teaching young girls the Bible, playing with countless children, countless bush walks and runs, driving through green rolling hills, all the amazing people…. and so many other memories. I am amazed that the Lord has blessed me so much and has shown me even more how satisfied we can be in Him.
I am going to miss New Zealand and my new Family here but I know the Lord has more things in store for me and better plans than I could ever imagine! I look forward to starting this new journey and trusting Him more and more. I look forward to watching Him direct and provide and know that whatever He calls me to do will be amazing and worth any sacrifice.
This week has been full of tearful goodbyes. I know that one day I will see all of my kiwi family again one day, maybe not in New Zealand or America but for sure in heaven. I am so thankful God gave me the opportunity to be a part of their lives and pray they all continue to grow in Him. I have watched this church grow so much and am so thankful to be a part of the changes that have taken place this year.
Each goodbye was difficult but joyful at the same time. If I never stepped out in faith and came to New Zealand I would not have to say goodbyes but my life would not be as full and dependent on the Lord as it is today. Each person here has taken part in the Lords plan to shape my life.
So as I say goodbye to this chapter in my life, I am not closing the book, just turning the page.
Pictures from my last week to come when I have better internet!