Periodic updates from Dave and Paula Henderson, now in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Getting ready to go
Our three-year assignment here ends on Wednesday afternoon when the new mission president and his wife arrive at the Jauja International (joke!) Airport. We have tried our hardest to get things done well in advance, and our "pack-out" of things being shipped home went well ten days ago.
However, the local Church O&M (Operations & Maintenance) waited a bit longer than perhaps they should have, and for the past six weeks, there has been frantic work going on around the house.
A good bit of which were things that we had mentioned (and re-mentioned) along the way, but have now become urgent.
We have notified the organizers of the work when we'd be out of town, but less advantage was taken than could have been, meaning we have been living here while a lot of the work gets done.
The original plan by O&M was that we would stay in a hotel for our last two weeks while they worked on the house. Two weeks?! As I said, they've been working for a solid six weeks. Glad we didn't buy the original plan.
Paula has tidied up her gardens, wishing them well under new supervision
Meanwhile, there have been kind farewells and cool gifts,
and more meals than my weight-management plan had accounted for. We have one more lunch today and a farewell meeting this evening.
We will dearly miss many people here, and the majestic scenery throughout the mission.
However, we will miss the missionaries the most; they have become our adopted sons and daughters from all points in the hemisphere. We have come to love them and appreciate their desires and efforts to do good and help others, and we rejoice in their successes. We're already mission 'grandparents,' as they begin to marry and have families.
This has been a rich time in our lives, and one in which we have grown closer, in part by necessity. We have learned a great deal alongside the missionaries, and while this has been a sacrifice, it has not been without it's compensating blessings.
Now, to take care of the last details and hand over the cell phone on Wednesday to the new president, and pass out of a tough, but sacred part of our lives.
Dave & Paula