It is an absolute privilege to be part of a wonderful church here in Totton, in the UK. It is an honour to have such amazing, caring and loving friends and family. But it makes it all the more difficult to say goodbye.
Yesterday was the day of our sending and commissioning service at our home church, Testwood Baptist Church. Alongside worship and an inspiring and challenging word, we were sent out from this place where we’ve grown, loved, laughed, and had an incredible few years. Close friends, mentors, mentees and more prayed for us, and launched us into this new missionary life in Uganda.
Following the service, we were able to spend a last couple of hours with our church family over a tasty lunch, and then came the tearful farewells. But with them a sense of excitement, that though a goodbye might be painful for a while, there is a lot of good to come from this new adventure. And though it might be me and Dave physically getting on a plane, we’re bringing everyone with us.
After lunch came a last evening with our families, complete with pasta, laughter and the feeding of alpacas! We are incredibly blessed to have such supportive parents and siblings, and we are thankful that Skype and other technology has made the world a smaller place.
All in all, it was a long, tiring and, at times, difficult day. But it was one that left us secure in the knowledge that this new journey will be covered in prayer by those treasured friends we leave behind.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for whatever part you have played in our journey to date. We look forward to your input in the future, and we pray that God will bless you in ways you can’t even imagine!