There & Back Again

“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.” – The Hobbit

I have been back in the States for two weeks and, thankfully, it feels like much longer. The Lord is stretching my days here with my family and friends so that it isn’t flying by like I thought it might, and I am grateful.

First, a few culture shock issues, being back on American soil:
– Driving on the right side of the road took some getting used to.
After 5 months of not driving, I was nervous the first two days watching my Dad drive. It took a lot to keep from screaming every time we turned.
– For a week I couldn’t understand American accents very well. But talking to a sweet exchange student from Kenya was a piece of cake.
– When it came time to give the offering at church, my brain shut down. I forgot what I was supposed to do, but I knew it wasn’t sing and dance down the aisle and drop my offering in a box at the front of the church.
– My ability to hop in a car and go wherever I want has been mind-blowing. Yesterday was really the first time I went out alone and it felt weird.
– Having a phone with me that works all of the time feels like a burden. Sometimes I leave it at home just to keep from getting too tied to it again.

It is amazing how quickly one can adjust to a different way of life.

All of this being said, I can’t get too comfortable here, because I’m not staying long! I’ll be in the States for about a month and a half longer, and then I’m heading back to South Africa until December.

The Lord did some incredible things over the past five months. I learned so much about myself, God, and how to live a missional life. It has been life-changing to say the least, and I cannot wait to see what He teaches me in the next few months.

With such a short amount of time here and the various traveling that I will be doing in the coming weeks, I will not be able to do very much fundraising for my second term. So if you would like to give a donation, you can do so by clicking on the “Click to Donate” Button on the left or Click Here. Those who have already given this year are incredibly appreciated. I am so blessed and humbled when the body of Christ obeys and sacrifices for God’s kingdom work to be accomplished, and I have to pinch myself when I realize that the Lord is using me to do so. I would have never picked me.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

I would also ask that you pray for me as I get to spend these two months with loved ones. Pray that I would continually seek the Lord and His will during my time here and throughout my transition back to Africa very soon.

SA Prayer Card

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being an incredible support system. I have been privileged to see the Lord work in ways I would have never experienced were it not for the prayers of the saints. I am, and always will be, eternally grateful.

“May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26


One thought on “There & Back Again

  1. Hayley, You will always have a heart for Africa having spent time there(and making turns will always require thinking through where to end up- and passing on the right in Africa will ALWAYS seem wrong!) We are praying that the Lord will continue to reveal to you the gifts He has give you and how He wants you to use them..Say hello to your Dad for me. We served on the IMB together!! God bless you.

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