Thursday, June 5, 2014
“The place where you continually return for love and acceptance—that's home.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
My wife arrived home last night and was greeted at Pete’s by dancers, drummers, and a torch-lit parade (just like her very first visit here) followed by a special meal cooked by Pete himself. It is so very good to have her home, although she is still suffering the after-effects of the pneumonia she contracted in Arkansas. We will take her to the doctor next week for a follow-up x-ray. She had a wonderful visit in Texas and Arkansas. She visited her younger brother (her older brother, Don, passed away from lung cancer in 2003) and John drove her from San Antonio up to Fayetteville, Arkansas. There, she stayed in a little cottage on the Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center for about a month. She was able to visit two of the churches I had served as a pastor heard a good sermon in one and gave a presentation about the work we are doing here at the other, as well as traveling to Hot Springs to give a presentation to a church that has generously supported our efforts here. At my youngest son’s church, she played the guitar and sang with a children’s Sunday School class just like you see her doing in the picture at the right. She also got to spend a lot of time with our youngest son, Keith, and his wife, and got to see her grandchildren almost every night. She got a full page write-up in a newspaper in Hot Springs with several pictures from our mission work. Having taught for thirteen years at George Elementary in Springdale, beginning when it opened its doors for the first time, she had a party in her honor with many of the teachers with whom she taught as well as the principal who had hired her. She also met many of her former students who were just five when she had them but are now in their twenties yet still remember her and wanted to see her. While in New York City on her way home, she celebrated her 71st birthday and was taken to a Broadway musical and wined and dined by our son, Chris, and his wife, Brenda. Today is our 49th anniversary, and we are having a special romantic meal right here at UAACC. Tomorrow, we fly to Mwanza very early and will be back in Bunda by three or four in the afternoon. Then, I will completely relax.