I breathed a sigh of relief, mixed with happiness when I landed yesterday in Memphis, Tennessee. I was back. Back in the good ol' U.S.A. I should have kissed the ground, but didn't.
A short flight then took me from Memphis to Tupelo, Mississippi, where I will be for a couple of days. Right now I am in the Global Outreach International home office. Tomorrow I am appearing before the Global board of directors to be officially accepted as a Global missionary. I'm hoping I don't get evicted...or whatever you call it when a missionary is kicked out. ; )
It has been a blessing and a joy to see those of the home office. My appreciation for them increased incredibly while I was in Uganda. They do so much for their missionaries, so that we can stay focused on the ministry on the field. A staff of about a dozen works hard to assist nearly 200 Global Outreach missionaries. They are an amazing group. For more about Global, visit http://www.globaloutreach.com/.
Yes, I am home - to the U.S - but, I won't reach "home" until Sunday. I fly out of Tupelo early that morning and will land in Portland, Oregon at 1 p.m. Clatskanie is then 61 miles away.
I might kiss the ground then. : )