Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to quickly post given that it has now been almost three months. Man, I am so terrible at this communication thing. Today is Thanksgiving, but in Port Elizabeth, it is just another day. Last year that was pretty difficult for me. I missed my family and home very much. This year is different. I still miss my family and home today, but I have so much to be thankful for, that it is hard to get bogged down with sad thoughts. I am sitting in my coordinator's sun room surrounded by my family. Family that now consists of four of my original team, five new teammates, and my cherished coordinators. Today is family day. This morning when I woke up, I began to think of all that I had to be thankful for.. a little cliche I realise, given that it is Thanksgiving, but something that I wish I took more time to think about. It goes without saying that the people in my life are by far what I am most grateful for. I truly believe that life couldn't be much sweeter than it is right now. I am surrounded by people who love God with all of their hearts and fight daily to be more like Him. The commitment to Christ that I see in my team blows me away. They are so young, yet so faithful. We are clueless at times, but realise that it is God who is working in and through us. We are being transformed. I can't think of anything to be more thankful for. As the time seems to be slipping through my finger tips,I have come to the conclusion that I can never thank God enough for the time that I have had here. I will never be the same. I have learned lessons that I struggle to explain. I have been loved and hopefully learned to love in a way that I had not experienced before. I have witnessed God at work daily in the lives of those around me, as well as learning to recognize His hand at work in me. I pray that today as you take time to reflect on the blessings in your lives that you are overwhelmed with all that God has and is doing for you.
Happy Thanksgiving from Port Elizabeth, South Africa!