Saying goodbye is hard! When Chris and I first started dating, we spent a great deal of time on the phone. It was hard to end the call, and neither of us wanted to be the first to say goodbye. So we got in the habit of saying, “I love you,” and then hanging up!
As we transition to summer training and Benin later this year, we are already saying goodbyes. Recently, we cuddled our dog for the last time and tearfully said goodbye. Neither of us wanted to let her go. In February we hugged and kissed our foster son repeatedly, desperately hoping to see him again but prepared for the possibility that he may be gone from our lives until heaven. Neither of us wanted to let him go. Soon we will be hugging and kissing our family and friends we love so dearly. Yet again, none of us will want to let go.
I am tempted to wonder if all these difficult goodbyes are worth it. Then God reminds me of the reason for our goodbyes. Our Father has called us, and we must answer. It is because we are answering His call that we say goodbye. We know with certainty that these goodbyes, though painful, are not in vain. We have an entire people group to claim for our Father’s family and eternity to introduce them to those we had to say goodbye to temporarily. It is because our Father longs for His family to be complete, and it cannot be so without our Pendjari brothers and sisters, that we say these goodbyes.
The eternal reward is worth this temporary pain! Join us through your prayers and financial support, that this world of separations can finally be ended.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come” (Matt. 24:14).