Got this from Cathy today!
Hi all - just a minute tonight to send off a quickie - there IS internet here in Banta, but it's very unreliable and of course dependant on the generator working - which is even MORE unreliable... so this is the first chance I've had to get on...
I cannot even begin to tell you all I've seen and experienced. It's been the most amazing trip. God is so good to allow me this chance. I am overwhelmed by all the things I am learning and experiencing. I think it will take me quite some time to process it all once I get home. But I am enjoying myself SO very much.
Tejan is great. We have had lots of opportunities to be together... this afternoon we were able to visit during the afternoon soccer tournaments - we talked quite a bit about his transition back and how that's been for him. He was honest and open with me and I felt like I was able to encourage him that our relationship will not end with each goodbye we have to say. I am so eager to see how God gives us the opportunity to continue on with him as a family.
We are so well cared for here - the food has been absolutely amazing. We are well fed at every meal. I wish I could bring some of it back in my suitcase for the kids to try - tonight we had the most amazing plantain fried cakes - almost like a banana bread fritter. SO delicious. I'm enjoying it all so much.
My time in the children's village is always my favorite - seeing them all in their homes and the way they are so well cared for - and how they all care for each other. I am SO impressed with all that COTN is doing here. It's truly an incredible organization. I will stand fully behind them after seeing the integrity with which they minister and the far reach they have here in Sierra Leone. It is amazing what God has accomplished here through their efforts.
Tomorrow will be our last full day here... I have bittersweet emotions... I miss everyone at home and cannot wait to see everyone and share my stories - but I am so in love with the children and the ministry here - it will be hard to leave. Most of all, through, I miss flushing toilets and showers. I've been taking bucket baths and you'll by amazed to see the places I've had to use for bathrooms. I've taken pictures of all of them. You won't believe it, kids! (I'm quite good at squatting!)
Tejan sends his greetings to all of you. He so wishes you could have all come with me.
I have been well dressed as well - the women from the skills center made me four beautiful African outfits to wear - so I am dressed to the hilt. Who needs a suitcase full of clothes when I have my own African seamstresses? I am humbled and amazed by how well cared for we have been.
I love you all and am so eager to see you again.
Smooches to you all from Sierra Leone.