28 Aug

it’s hard to believe that one month has already passed since we arrived back in the states.  rachel and i jumped right back in, starting night shifts the very next day.  we sat in the hospital (children’s dallas) still reeling from the change of scenery and culture (not to mention time zone).  we were thrilled to have cold milk and well-delineated traffic lanes, yet we missed the greetings of the ghanians (“da-su-ba”) and the generous friendship of the guinean pastors (“what is your programme?”).  of course, before we knew it, we were all back in the swing of things, feeling at home in our world of abundant resources and crazy technology.

processing a trip like this takes time, and putting our reflections into words takes even longer.  i am so thankful that we took the time to post on our blog on a regular basis while we were there, because i now find myself at a loss.  i have sat at the computer multiple times this month, ready to summarize the things we did and the people we met — and i don’t know where to start.  our trip was so full of meaningful moments, sweet new friendships, difficult/rewarding work, and amazement at God’s creation… how do we put that in a paragraph or two?!

thank you for reading along with us — for laughing and crying with us, and for praying for us.  without you, our trip would have been completely different.  despite our struggle to find words, we are hoping to put together a summary letter.  and once we have, we will post it on here!  it may be another month before that happens, but we’ll do our best!

we love you guys.

– courtney

handing out stickers to my favorite little girls at the nutrition center.

2 Responses to “speechless”

  1. Jonathan Whitmore (@jwhitmore80) August 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I can totally relate. I always tell our students that come back from summer project (4-12 weeks doing missions work) to plan on learning from their experience for about six months. Obviously, it impacts the rest of your life, but I think the best lessons come in that time period.

    It’ll be fun to see how our Great God continues to direct your steps, Neyner. I’m sure your decisions will be different now because of July 2011. I love your and Aaron’s heart to serve Jesus… you guys are special. And in the meantime… remember that the people of Dallas are just as significant to Him!

  2. carl & Elaine Baldridge August 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    We felt that we were so much closer to you there as you shared your experiences, your thoughts and feeling about your time each day while you were there. We are so glad you wrote about all of it at the time. Having all of it to read and read again is a treasure.
    Love, Mom & Dad B

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