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Monday, August 5, 2013

We're Back in the States!

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Well, our Monday morning adventures started with some last minute purchases at the airport in Dubai before boarding our overbooked flight to the US of A. When observing the massive amount of people join us on this flight, we came to the scary realization that many children would accompany us on this 14hr flight. Thank God for sleep aids.

The flight was relatively uneventful. There was a huge selection of good movies and shows to entertain. There were some points along the way where the turbulence was really bad. But our God is good and in control so He eventually made the rest of the way clear and smooth for us. Due to seats being rearranged within the group last minute, one team member was able to sit next to a girl from Uganda visiting the US for the first time. After some time talking the team member was able to share some relaxation techniques, which seemed to help calm her nerves about being here alone.

We arrived at Dullas International Airport at 8am and made it through baggage claim and customs without any problems. It was at the airport that we said bye to Maria, Dr. Kathy, and Tracy. On the bus ride home we had our final debriefing and prayer. During this debriefing many had to focus hard on this trip to remember how we felt about what we did in Kenya. It was as if being in Dubai had served as a buffer for us emotionally and cognitively. Stopping at Dubai was intentional in that it helped us to emotionally close out of what happened in Kenya.  This was a trip that I don’t think any of us will forget. The amount of growth in counseling skills and personal growth is immeasurable.  The people of Kenya have touched our hearts and we hope that the seeds planted will sprout and flourish. The trainings and information presented to the Kenyans were so new to them. Therefore Matthew 13 seems to have been a constant thought and prayer throughout the trip.

We are so thankful for this experience and for all who have supported us financially and through prayer. As you may have read, some days were really hard and it is because of your prayers and the Lord’s goodness that we were able to make it through.


- Jen and Sarah 

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