Pastor Lee, Heather, and Griffin came to our house to see us off. Pastor Tricia would us to the airport. Pastor Lee made the sign of the cross on our foreheads using ointment from father's container (which I am sure has a special name) remembering our Baptism. This was very emotional for us all. We thought of Pastor Lee I and Joan Miller and how they had talked of serving for a time in Zimbabwe when they retired. This anointing made me feel they were traveling along with us.
At baggage check in we waited while Pastor Tricia parked her car. How strange it was to see most of our possessions on a baggage cart...three duffle bags and two suitcases.
Jesus told his disciples to go and not take an extra cloak. We fell short of his direction in this. We needed to plan for warm and cool weather. We also brought along some items to feel at home; our comforter, pillows, an afghan made by my Mother ( we arrive in Tanzania on what would have been her 93rd birthday).
We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. For All The Saints!