The feeling of “missing” people

Today has become one of those days. If you live away from friends and family, especially in a different country than them, you have experienced days like this. Everything is fine and dandy and you’re focused on your work/whatever you have to do that day and then suddenly you are overcome by a wave of sadness stemming from the absence of the loves in your life. This is an odd feeling if you think about it because those people you love are still there and still alive, and often times just a skype/FB/WhatsApp call away but they are just not physically close. Physical closeness and touch are important when it comes to people you love because that’s how God made us humans. We are created to be in fellowship with one another, in community.

Now I do have community here in Haiti and fellowship with my friends/co-workers but it’s just not the same as the deep-rooted friendships and relationships that have been left behind in the States. I’m not a stranger to these emotions that are best described as “missing” people in your life, but not often have they come at such a random time with such force as they did late this morning. The only other time I can remember that I had a flood of such emotions was the first few days that I was here, at the end of September 2016. This is bound to happen to anyone who lives away from country and family and friendships that run deep and I knew this when I signed up so this doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s just part of my life as of now. It’s natural.

Besides that, I wanted to update you on what’s happening in my world over the next 20 or so days. We have a large medical team from Emory U. coming on Sunday and staying until the 27th. We will be doing 6 medical clinics with them along with some other activities such as visiting the Paul Farmer hospital in Mirebalais. Medical groups are less physically demanding but some might say more tiring than construction teams. The mental and emotional energy you need to expend especially as someone who is one of the leaders of the group is massive. Before that team leaves, we have Konekte coming from Princeton on the 26th and leaving the 3rd of July at which point I will be returning to visit for two weeks by God’s grace. Konekte does a variety of things from construction to sports to teaching though I am not fully aware of what they will be doing this trip.

Which brings me to vacation. I have kept in contact with my family and a few friends via FB/WhatsApp but it will be nice to be able to see and talk to and fellowship with them in person while I am there. One of the two weeks I will be back will be taken up by my extended family’s reunion on my mom’s side. Every three years we rent several ski lodges in West Virginia and hang out for a week together with cousins and uncles and aunts. It’s a family tradition that has been happening ever since I was born and before. I haven’t seen many of these people since the last reunion in the summer of 2015 so it should be a great time. That means though that my time in NJ will be cut short. I am only going to be available from the 14-16 so I might not get to see some other people until I return at the beginning of October.

God is so good. I can’t believe it has already been 20 months already. Time is such a weird thing isn’t it?

Anyway, I thank you for continuing to support me while I’m here especially with your prayers; they are coveted and needed. I am super blessed by all of you beautiful peeps.

May God continue to bless and keep you.

With love,

Ben

 

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