Yesterday I drove to the airport (Dave drove a different vehicle) with Donkarami, our friend and LINK employee. We needed gas on the way and had to go to 4 places before we found one that had diesel fuel. Just another one of those things that’s common place here and very rare in the U.S. It’s pretty rare for me to drive with Donkarami in the car. Usually Dave would be with us. Sam calls Donkarami “Eye-yieye-yieye”, and was absolutely thrilled to be in the car with him.
As we drove to the airport I felt like I was watching the story of my life turn pages. I told Donkarami that Chapter 1 was ending and Chapter 2 was beginning. You see, we were on our way to meet the Teagues upon their return to Niger. For my family, I feel that this marks the end of a giant transition and the beginning of something new. Chapter 2 will include our first trip back to America as “visitors”, a new baby, and a totally different life in Niger than the one we have lived for the past 6 months.
With the Teagues arrival, things in Niger will change. The biggest way they will change is that we will have leadership. We are very happy about this. We know it was God’s timing and his plan to walk this last part of the road alone, but we’re very glad the troop leader has joined us again. Also, we feel like our job is beginning. Our stated purpose for being here is to host teams. With the Teagues, the teams will begin arriving at a rapid pace. It’s always fun to have visitors!
And so we embrace this new Chapter with everything we have. In 11 days our first team will arrive. Many of them have never been to Niger before. In 16 days I will get on an airplane with Sam and the team and fly home to America. Tonight as we said prayers with Sam before bed, I thanked God for our life here. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I was made to be right here right now. I would have it no other way.