October 21, 2016, found us on the road again bags packed and this time headed for Arkansas. Abigail went on the first trip that WMA took to Argentina. As always this was an emotional roller coaster for all of us. Excitement and facing the unknown and praying for God to bless each of the team and get everyone there safely.
This trip was different because I was able to stay in contact with her throughout the time she was gone. I looked forward to getting to tell her good morning and good night and hearing about her wonderful stories. I could tell that her heart was growing for missions with each trip.
She grew to love the people there quickly and still is in contact with some of them thanks to Facebook.
I know for the team 10 days flew by fast but for Daddy and I, it seemed forever. As a parent you never really get used to saying those goodbyes, but at the same time, we were proud to know she was following the Lord’s leading.
This was her message as she was leaving Argentina:
My last day in Argentina was filled to the brim with mixed emotions: of course I will be happy to see my beautiful America again, but I am sad to leave my new-found home here in Ushuaia.
The majestic snowcapped mountains surrounding the city, the rolling blue-green waves, the fresh, crisp air…. But most of all, I will miss my new friends and family the most. Every single person I have met and spoken with, from the time I got to this beautiful country, to the very last day, holds a special little space in my heart. And I simply cannot wait to return and see how everyone has grown, both physically and spiritually. But until that time comes, I will miss the church, the people, and the love that pours out of them.
May God bless you and protect you all, until my return.
How do we let our teen daughter go across the ocean like this? We are human but we are also God’s children and we trust God to look over her and take care of her while she is gone. Could something terrible happen. Yes!! BUT nothing takes Go by surprise and we pray that He will protect her and bring her home. But if she is taken early, we know that one day we will all meet again and NEVER be separated.
I’m so thankful to be a TMM of a wonderful young lady.