It is hard to believe that in 5 weeks I will be boarding Air France and heading back to Niger. This will be my first trip back to Niger since leaving Galmi in 2010.
Many thoughts and emotions are running through my mind.
First thought: Hot Season. While we were in Galmi we would encourage folks not to come during the months of March, April, and May. It was just too hot. Hmmm...when am I going? Yep...
Second thought: Language...for 4 years now Hausa has been pushed to the very far recesses of my mind. As I get older, it becomes more of a challenge to remember the limited Hausa that I had. French: I have started taking my French Bible to church with me on Sundays, and You Tube has some great French videos, it is gradually starting to come back, yet it still has a long way to go.
Third thought:Leaving James. 12+ weeks is a long time to be away from my husband. We prayed about this decision before we said 'yes', we both knew that we would have to make sacrifices. There is a possibility that James may be able to be in Niger for part of the month of May. WWL has 2 SIM hospitals, and a CURE hospital that he has helped in the past (one being Galmi). He is in communication with all 3 about availability and dates. He would not be in Galmi with me the whole time, but, knowing that he was in the country will help :).
I would like to share a quote with you:
"She accepted every responsibility she was given, and as a result, she developed skills she would never have learned if she refused to be stretched. In fact, she didn't just accept each responsibility - she owned it, and in owning it, she demonstrated one of the qualities that made her so unstoppable: the willingness to tackle the tasks at hand, even those she didn't necessarily want to do. The result? Each new task strengthened her and increased her capacity, flexibility, and endurance. If you stop running because you don't like a particular aspect of your race, you will miss out on the growth that comes from being stretched beyond your comfort zone"
Unstoppable - Christine Caine.
I am enjoying this newest work (Unstoppable) from Christine. It is very challenging, not just for younger gals, but, also for those of us who have journeyed a bit farther in our walk, and have (maybe) become...dare I say...comfortable?
I want to be stretched. To remain flexible. To be strengthened. To run the race with endurance.
Yet, that usually means to leave my comfort zone...be willing to be stretched, be willing to be extended to be flexible, and to run...to be humbled, yet confident that God has chosen us for this race.
Until next week...