In August, I traveled to Bolivia to speak at a Missions Conference in Cochabamba. It was great!
On Saturday night, Juan invited Brenda and I to share about the work being done in Uganda. There were over 2,000 people there!
Brenda did an introduction and then I shared about the overall ministry as a video played. Then Brenda shared about the Nutrition program specifically.
It was a great time. So many people were interested in the ministry and showed interest in going for both short and long term missions to Uganda!
Then, I flew back to Uganda.
Start the count:
1. Cochabamba (Wednesday)
2. Somewhere over the ocean between Brazil and South Africa, in an airplane (Thursday)
3. Entebbe hotel (Friday)
Stop. In the Entebbe hotel on Friday night, I talked to mom who told me they had called in Hospice for my grandfather. I traveled to the VOE (7 hours because of traffic), planning to travel to America on Tuesday.
4. VOE (Saturday)
I skipped church on Sunday morning and worked, trying to get some team planning done before I left on Tuesday. I still didn't have a ticket, but the travel agent was working for a Tuesday night flight.
After lunch with the missionary staff, I laid down to rest - Exhaustion is not even strong enough to describe how I felt. Then, my phone rang. The travel agent could only get me a flight for the next morning at 3:55 AM! I had to leave right then!
I hired a car that drove me back to the airport (5 hours). I spent the night in the airport, struggling to stay away.
5. Entebbe airport (Sunday)
I flew to Turkey and then to Atlanta. Kim Smith picked me up and took me to Gainesville.
6. Gainesville home (Monday)
Pawpaw died that same night, at 2:30 AM. Granny says he was waiting for me to get home! I am glad I could be here with family. My Pawpaw was so supportive of me - he worried all the time about me but he supported me and was proud just the same. I will miss him so much.
We drove to Buchanan on Tuesday.
7. Buchanan, Grandparents home (Tuesday)
We had Pawpaw's funeral on Thursday afternoon. Mom and I returned to Gainesville late that evening.
I told Mom that I felt like there was fog over me for a long time. I would wake up and wonder "Where am I?" And to be honest, the reality that Pawpaw has died has not really sunk in yet. I am just now catching up on my rest and have my mind working again. All that travel will exhaust you!