About Goodbye

Did you know that one of the things we do the most in the mission field is say goodbye?  When we leave the states we say goodbye to everyone and everything that is familiar and comfortable.  When we go back to the US we say goodbye to our friends in Curahuasi, some of whom will not be here when we come back.  Everyone who comes to visit or to work with the hospital or school . . . we say goodbye to them.  Sometimes it is no big deal.  They were not people we knew, they came for a month, and then they left.  Other times it can be very hard.  Last night we had our last dinner with Allison’s dad before he left today after an extended visit.  Peter was real quiet at the table, not saying anything.  Noticing and suspecting that something was wrong I asked him if he was tired or sad.  He didn’t say anything and just started to cry from the expectation of “Abo” leaving.  Today, all the kids hugged their grandfather goodbye in Cuzco.  Afterward, Peter came to me for a long hug as he buried his head in my arms.  We got in the car and all the kids eyes were red filled with tears, Annie and Peter especially crying, while Allison and I tried to find some happy music on our iPod to keep from being swept up in the melancholy.  The scene has been the same every time family has come to visit.  Grandparent visits are the highlights of our kids life here, and the pleasure of their arrival is equaled by the sadness of their leaving.  And I think saying goodbye here is different than saying goodbye in the states.  It feels more permanent as your friends and family feel so far away.  And although our kids may not be able to explain it, they certainly feel the difference.  Unfortunately, coming soon is the departure of every other American family living in Curahuasi.  This is already being processed by our kids as they realize that all their current American friends are leaving!  Allison is processing that her very good friend Konika will leave soon.  You dive in quickly to friendships in the mission field, and then you say goodbye just as they are reaching their richest point.  So remember us and pray for us over these upcoming months as we say goodbye to so many friends, and remember us in prayer over the next couple days as we get used to live without a grandparent in the next room.

6 thoughts on “About Goodbye

  1. You have an abundance of love and humor and music to keep you going until God sends you another joy. May your hearts be lifted up soon. I am anxiously waiting to see David and hear all about you.

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  2. Makes me cry just reading this, Will. Love you guys and praying for your sadness in saying goodbye to Abo now, and your dear friends in the next months. Thank you for the sacrifices you are making to serve the Lord and His people there. Praying His blessings on each of you.

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  3. oh my heart is just squeezed in reading this. We have had other missionary friends who have said the same thing. I just want to be like “Scotty” and beam down to you all for a chat and visit. My prayers will be abundant in praying for you all in this!! know you are so loved and cared for!

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  4. I am praying for you all, today, and also thanking God that the PRESENCE of friends and family brings such great joy to you! Just think how pitiful it would be if you hardly noticed they were gone! Hallelujah for loving relationships, and thank you, Jesus, that we will have an eternity of no more goodbyes. Love you dearly,
    Lana

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  5. It is so hard to say goodbye to Audrey as she goes back to Saltillo too. I must be a little selfish when I say that I’m so glad she is coming back to the States in May. Her time in Saltillo is over then. Of course, I know that God will probably send her to another Spanish speaking country. After all, that is where her heart is!
    Your heart is there in Peru and we hurt so much knowing you are away from us. Yet we would not have you any where else, knowing that, is where God has sent you!

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