We got here a little over a week ago.
We started saying our goodbyes right away.
To Paula, my first field mentor who is returning to the states to await God's next step in her life.
To Daniel and Lucinda Khan who are returning to the states to begin a new ministry there. And to their daughter who is one of Esther's dearest friends.
To Hsu-Ann, our adopted daughter who has worked in our place while we were on home assignment and who is leaving us to return to her home country of Australia to await God's word on her next step.
To Josh, who we met just a couple of days before his goodbye party and who has been a steadfast worker at the coffee shop while we have been away. He too returns to his home country of England.
To Elizabeth, the dear daughter of Dr Murray and Sheryl who has been a missionary herself since the day she arrived on the field is returning to the States to attend college.
These five units are leaving Ecuador for good. Our goodbyes seem so permanent on this side of heaven.
Then we also say goodbye to The Lans family who have worked by our side in so many ways. Their children who are a blessing to everyone and whose youngest son yesterday in a fit of super powers first turned himself into lava man and then "electrifrieded" my house. They return for a year of home assignment.
Allison, the daughter of a fellow co-worker won't be leaving for long but her 6 months as an exchange student in Mexico is another change none-the-less.
Amanda, Dustan's sister, and mine too in the truest sense of the word. A woman whose prayers and example got us here in the first place is also going on home assignment. In fact, she flew out of Loja this morning and left an ache behind her.
Chandra, Amanda's ministry partner out in Gonzonamá will be returning to Australia for home assignment as well.
Along with all the goodbyes we will be meeting some new teammates, some who have joined while we were away, some who will be arriving shortly.
Pray for us as the world here spins a little with every change (and I haven't even mentioned El Sendero changes- I will save those for a later post). Pray for the team here as we face a pretty drastic upheaval.
Pray for our director Lindsey and his wife Eva who with their two little ones will be leaving the city of Loja and moving further into the province to a small town that has no evangelical churches and possibly no believers at all.
And, because missionaries are not the only ones who face changes, here are two resources in case you or someone you know is in the midst of your own time of transition:
The Irrational Season
Do you have any tips for transitioning well? Post them in the comments!