Today we dropped off Chris, Jane, and Aaron at the airport. Now that they are on their way back to the States, you’ll probably hear a little more from us on the blog. We were taking a break from all things electronic to spend time with them. 🙂 Having them here was such a blessing and a joy and an encouragement. We’re really going to miss them.
Leaving them at the airport was really hard. Last month when we left my parents, it was also hard — but I was encouraged by the fact that in another month, we’d have more visitors from home. Now, we’re facing a several month stretch until we see any family. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be so difficult. We’ve gone 5-6 months without being around family before. But, it is hard here. Everything is hard here.
I think we hit a wall. When I was in High School, I ran long-distance track. In the Texas Panhandle, running long distance track means learning to run in gusty winds. We runners used to talk about “the wall” — a point in the race when you would come around a corner and you’d be faced with the full force of a strong wind. You’d be running directly against it, and compounded with the fact that you’d already be exhausted from the general pace of the race, this point in the run seemed nearly impossible to get through. To be totally and painfully honest, that’s how we feel right now — exhausted, discouraged, worn-out, and struggling to keep going. We really want to pack up our bags and high-tail it home most days, but we know we wouldn’t be leaving for the right reasons. So we stay…
I’m sharing this in a public place like our blog because we need your thoughts. We also want others to know that this is a very real part of moving overseas, because I believe that what we’re going through is “normal,” and for those who might be considering a similar move, it is important to be prepared. We haven’t figured out all that causes these feelings, but some of the factors include: continued sickness (the latest is that Jacob got pink eye, of all things!), and feeling a little useless in our day-to-day life and jobs.
Being sick all of the time takes a toll on you emotionally. It is exhausting… As for the feeling useless part; that’s mostly the result of the fact that we’re feeling like we take up more space and resources than we give back. I think that is hard to explain effectively… in short, we are completely reliant on other people here. We need help for everything — even ordering at a restaurant! On the flip side, what we contribute to the organization where we are serving seems fairly insignificant to us. It isn’t that they are telling us that; it is just that in comparision to our previous jobs, we aren’t really carrying our “full weight” around. This is difficult, especially in light of the fact that some people from back home are helping support us financially, and that people here at our organization are providing us so much assistance to get through our daily life.
Another huge part of this is just feeling empty and dry spiritually. For those of you who are believers, maybe you have gone through an experience in life like this. Neither Jacob nor I have experienced it to this magnitude before. We are far from home in a very strange land, and we’re feeling a bit abandonded… We know on a cognitive level that He is still here and that He did bring us here; we’re just not “feeling it” at the moment.
We’re just trying to set our eyes on Him and keep running forward. Please hold us up as you think about us…