Sunday, February 03, 2008

Swaziland: Processing The Trip

So here I sit at 8:00 PM CST in my home, my kids are cuddled in bed and Christi is already asleep. It is 4:00 AM tomorrow in Manzini. We arrived back in the US at 6:00 AM Eastern time and then transferred to Chicago for a 10:00 AM CST arrival, almost 24 hours exactly since we began our flight home from Johannesburg.

Extreme Poverty is an unexplainable reality. Meeting not 1 but hundreds of children that are orphaned and without any means for food can not be summed up in a simple paragraph. Watching a six year old start the trek back to her home, likely at least a mile away and possibly 3+ miles a way, with her 2 year old brother riding along her back is a deeply emotional experience not soon to be clawed from the forefront of my memory.

There is so much processing to do, and to much jet lag for it to be done now. Thank you for all the prayers! God Bless!

1 comment:

ragamuffin diva said...

I miss my friends, already. You are so right about the processing. No matter what I come up with, however, I got so much more than I gave.

You and Christi are astounding gifts.

Love you both,
claudia