This is a question I have heard a lot the past couple of weeks. The answer is of course a most definite YES!
As a number of friends will testify, I can’t physically sit still if I get to talking about my lecture timetable. For 5 weeks I have 2 hours a day of phonetics! (for example, on the 12th August I will have a whole hour on “Grooved fricatives” – Eeeeee!).
I also can’t quite believe I’m going back to Tanzania. I felt so at home and I loved learning Swahili, but I didn’t want to tie my hopes to going back there. Yet it has come together so easily and quickly so far; the more I read of the Mara Cluster Project, the more I can’t wait to join them!
Yet, I also am heart-broken to be leaving so many close friends and family when I leave Cambridge on Monday (and yes, also when I leave for Tanzania in January, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!). Some of those that it is hardest to leave are my little friends under the age of 4 from Kids’ Church and Little Sheep crèche – perhaps we should start Sunday morning action-song Skype sessions?!
But as a good friend said, it’s OK to grieve. After all, if it hurts to leave, then it shows how much I care!
Also, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is what God wants me to do. He has been with me, guiding me, every step of the way so far and, as one of my favourite songs at the moment says, “You’ve never failed, and you won’t start now”.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;” Isaiah 49:15-16
So please keep in touch friends and let me know what is going on in your lives. We live in an age of amazing things like email, Skype, Facebook, and who knows what else! (Also, snail mail is still very exciting to receive, even if it is a little slower). If you’d like to know how you can support me and partner with me in this journey, please join my support team.