In a couple of hours we will be getting on our flights heading back to California. It seems almost surreal that our time here is ending and we are entering back into our normal lives. When we crossed from Congo into Rwanda we saw such a stark difference. In Rwanda the power was consistent and the WiFi was reliable. It was a nice transition point before heading back to California where we will have anything we could possibly want at our fingertips and delivered to us in 2 days max.
While in Congo I was able to see some friends from last year. I saw Mama Isabel who oversees the Women of Congo program and is one of the most loving people you could possibly meet. Her smile alone gives me joy.
I was able to spend some time with my other friend Dieudonné the school psychologist before he heads off the Kenya to get his Masters Degree and hear about the updates in his life (he got married 3 months ago). To see all that God has done in and through him this last year and the growth has been amazing.
I could go on and on about the amazing people that I got to spend time with while in Congo. I could probably write for days about all I experienced in doing teacher trainings and the insatiable hunger of knowledge that was possessed by the teachers.
For me, this trip was definitely out of my comfort zone. Last year when I came I spent most of my time operating in my wheelhouse of doing more 1:1 training an development. This year I spoke for 4 days of teacher training, a youth conference and a workshop at the Brave Girl conference. People that know me know that speaking in public is not something I like to do. My preference is always more 1:1. I also was able to see what I need to do to help myself when I am doing things that are more draining. The true introvert in me had to carve out space to think and be alone or I was not able to do much by the end of the day.
One thing I know for sure is this I will never be the same again.
Thank you to all supported me as I fundraised for this trip. For those who have been praying for our team, thank you