Wow, has it really been 9 weeks since I was last in South Africa! The time really did fly by. Everyone told me it would...but I have to admit, at the beginning of this trip I found that to be an impossibility. My last few days in Madagascar were interesting to say the least!
Last Friday my camera was stolen right out of my jacket pocket - I didn't realize it at the time, but I think it happened while I was getting a very crowded bus. So that was definitely a bummer, but fortunately I had saved most of my pictures on my computer already - and fortunately it was the last few days instead of the first few days of my trip. But still...a bummer.
Then Saturday I had a really nice time with my friend Yant - we went into the city and went shopping and had lunch, then at night we had a braai (South African BBQ basically). Unfortunately something didn't settle very well and Saturday night I woke up feeling really nauseated, and then was throwing up and sick all night.
Sunday I was supposed to attend two church services, but woke up still feeling really weak and sick - so I stayed in bed all day on my last Sunday in Madagascar :( I think my body was just telling me I needed a rest!
Monday, I felt better but still not 100%. Monday morning I led a prayer time/Bible study with some of the OMers and volunteers. It was sort of an emotional time for me, saying thank you to everyone for all their kindness and generosity. I will definitely be missing them.
Yesterday I afternoon I headed to the airport and said my final goodbyes! I'll be here in South Africa for a week, it's been very nice and relaxing so far, feels like a mini-vacation! I can't wait to come home, but if you've gotta be somewhere else, South Africa is not a bad place to be.
This week I'll be processing through all the different things I experienced and what I learned. There's something slightly intimidating about returning back home to the familiar when you know you're different now. But God has never been far from me, and I know He'll be with me in Texas also.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS - I LOVE YOU ALL!