On a long car trip, don’t you love seeing those green-and-white signs counting down the miles to your destination? And now with GPS, you can have an up-to-the-minute estimate on when you’ll arrive at the end of your journey.
Today, May 16th, our sign says “Zambia: 100.” Not a hundred miles, but a hundred days. Five-score days until we board our plane and head out. Twenty-four hundred hours to tie up all the loose ends, pack all the suitcases, and say all the good-byes.
And, unlike a road trip that you’re not quite ready to end, we can’t prolong things by pulling off at a Steak-and-Shake for a nice long lunch. The days are going to keep counting down whether we’re ready for them or not.
Time is flying. Our commissioning service is this weekend. Pretty soon school will be out. We’ll make a few more presentations. Chris will celebrate his birthday. We’ll go to a few going-away parties, visit a couple of favorite Ohio spots, spend a lot of time with a lot of people, and then…
Before we know it, the countdown will be at zero. We’ll be out of green signs. The day we’ve been waiting for and preparing for and praying for will be here, and it will be time to get this show on the road – to start the job that so many of you have helped us get ready for.
On a road trip, getting there might be half the fun. But for us, we know that it’s not over when we board the plane in Dayton – but rather, that it’s just beginning when we get off of the plane in Lusaka.
Thanks to all for your continued prayers and support.