I can't wait.
Advance has been incredible - we have had so much favor, and have accomplished what everyone thought would be impossible. We've nearly got four months worth of work done in six weeks... well, more than four months, if you take into consideration we like the first assessment trip to be a year before ship arrival, and the second six months or so before, then advance arrives four or five months before the ship... well, it's pretty miraculous really.
And I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be here, to represent Mercy Ships and the hospital and the incredible people who are sailing now who will pour out their love and hope and faith and healing on this country and these people I have grown to love.
It's not been an easy time, but it has been fruitful. I miss my friends and I miss my coworkers and I miss having a desk to work at and a bed that is not shared. I really miss serving coffee on Sunday mornings, I miss running and community and post-its on my door and anonymous blessing text pages. So, needless to say, I am looking forward to my home coming home, in one week.
I can't believe how much I love these people and how much I love the hospital where I will spend a large percentage of my time over the coming months. Here's an awesome snap by Ruben with me doing what I love most - chatting with and loving on people in the hospital.
Africa Mercy - blessings on your voyage and may the seas be kind to you. See you soon!