Trying to Re-enter Life in the USA
Friday, November 15, 2019
I arrived back in Texas on October 29th. I didn't have any plans or any ideas of what I was going to do after seeing my doctor on the 5th of November. I had lived most of the previous 4 1/2 years in Zambia, and had been planning to live there longer. I knew that eventually I would have to return to the USA to live, but I didn't plan on it being so soon.
I was a full-time missionary serving as a dorm parent in the Girls Dorm at a Christian boarding school and loving my work. I was doing my best to point my girls to Christ and living a life that brought me so much joy. On rare occasions I was able to go out with some of the local church members and do some street evangelism. I was living life with such purpose.
Then I starting noticing a decline in my health. At first, I tried to shrug it off, but my health seemed to be going down hill rather quickly. In fact it got to the point, that I struggling to make it through a day of work. I had to see a doctor. She diagnosed me with heart failure. Thankfully, I was only in the beginning stages. However, because I lived and worked at a altitude of 5000 Ft. above sea level, I became exhausted quite quickly and could only walk very short distances. I had to return to the USA.
Because of all that, I found myself here without any clue as to what to do with myself. I don't have a home, because I sold it to move to Zambia. I'm not homeless because my daughter and her husband have opened their home to me. They actually want me to live with them, but I'm only 62 years old, I'm not ready to live with my daughter just yet.
Currently I'm trying to figure out where I belong and what I'm going to do there. So, I'm staying at my home church for about a week and a half to two weeks. Our church building has a room for missionaries to stay in while they are home. I'm leaning towards renting a place near the church. I want to be actively involved in an outreach ministry and our children's ministry. I'm not a pastor, but I learned a lot while on mission and even more obtaining my Bachelors degree in Religion: Evangelism. I believe that with God's help and guidance, our little church can have a huge impact on our community.
I'm still praying for God to direct my path and lead me wherever He wants me to serve. Wherever that is, I want to be telling people about the Gospel of Christ Jesus and how much He loves them.
I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend. God bless all y'all.