I can remember watching on our cell phone the progress of the plane making across the world back to Chicago. I will NEVER forget seeing that little blue plane on the screen show it had landed and she was back on US soil. Then within an hour I got a text, we are in Chicago and eating. Talk about relief, it was.
I checked the plane schedules and noticed that the flight to Springfield had been upped. So, I called Michael and told him we had better hit the road because she was running early. It is a 2 hr drive for us and only a 45 minutes to an hour flight from Chicago to Springfield. So, off we went ready to see our traveler!
We had hoped to see her plane come down, but as we pulled into the parking lot, I got a text, “We have landed…unloading”. So we scratched going to watch the plane idea and went to the area where they would be coming through unloading.
Even though she was exhausted and fighting a cold, she was bouncing. Helen was waiting on Chuck, too and when Abigail came through the doors she greeted Helen in Chinese. Lots of laughter and excitement all around.
After loading the car with her luggage, we started to pull out and head home. All of a sudden, she says, “how long do I have to wait to go on the next mission trip.” I smiled and looked at Michael, we knew this was coming. She was told we needed at least 6 months, so she looked at the list and in 6 months she could go to Argentina.
She was sick and tired but we heard all about her trip and saw pictures. No, she didn’t like her plane ride but it was worth it to go over to see what God was doing in China and yes, her heart is with these people.
We put together a slide show for those in the local area to enjoy and ask questions about her trip. We also put it on our family website.
So, did she go to Argentina? Yes, and that is another story for another time.
As parents of a teen overseas, it is hard to let go and release them into the care of God and the leaders. But watching her face light up and talk about what they did while over there, was worth it all. As a child I had someone tell me that I was to young to worry about “religious” things. But He called all the little children to sit on his lap and told the adults to be as a little child.
When she was only 2 months old we gave her to God and we still have to remind ourselves at time that she is His and I have to leave her there.
Blessed to be a TMM!