hello goodbye

Hello goodbye. All in one day; more like 8 short hours. Meeting my 3 sponsored children in Tanzania in a few days will be a fast and furious ride on the emotional roller coaster. Hello goodbye.image

The Hello time will be a joyous time. Everyone will be full of smiles and anxious nerves too. Hello time will be introductions and hugs. Can’t go wrong with a hug and a smile; they easily cross all language barriers. Hello time arrives with a very full heart and a very long list of questions for my new friends. Hello time will include bubbles. No better way to break the ice than blowing bubbles together.

Hello time will be their small hands in mine. Hello time will answer the question, “Why did I travel so far?” Two precious little girls and a handsome little boy will be the answers. Hello time will be tracing their precious hands on paper as a treasured keepsake. Hello time will be a flurry of taking pictures and silly selfies. Hello time will be sponge time; soaking up everything about each one of them and their lives.

Hello time will be time together: playing, swimming, laughing, eating. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we do it together. Hello time will be blessing them with a backpack full of goodies. The doll and stuffed bear I selected many months ago will have little arms wrapped around them. The deflated soccer ball will be full of air and kicked around by little feet.

Hello time will be a very happy time.

Goodbye time will come too quickly.  Goodbye time will bring tears for me. Goodbye time will be whispering in their ears, “I love you so much.” Goodbye time will be believing they understand my words and my tears. Goodbye time will be processing the hard fact I won’t see them again on this earth.

Goodbye time will be taking one more picture and squeezing in one final hug . Goodbye time will be remembering God holds them tightly in His capable Hands as I let go. Goodbye time will be waving as their bus pulls away. Goodbye time will be giving thanks for the many memories. Goodbye time will be praying specifically for my new friends and their needs.image

Goodbye time will be praising God for gifting me with  His beloved children that He calls Hilda, Jackline and Goodluck.

Let’s Walk Worthy!

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5 Comments

  1. Praying for you and your trip!! Oh, those hellosandgoodbyes…so beautiful and precious, but painful. No more goodbyes in heaven!!!

  2. I’m looking forward to reading about the ‘hellos’ and the ‘goodbyes’ and hearing how you’ve seen the hope of Jesus in Tanzania.

  3. Kathy Jo Camacho

    May 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    What a fabulous opportunity to meet them. What a blessing! Safe travels and many smiles coming your way. Praying for all of you!

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