The last week arrives and with it all the tasks that cannot be completed beforehand. These final preparations always seem to make the lead up to departure busier than hoped for. Our packing was complicated when Craig had the sudden feeling that we had received inaccurate information about our extra baggage costs. On pursuing this with the travel agent we discovered that we had indeed been given incorrect information. This meant that we had to rethink how we were going to pack our luggage and what we would not be able to take with us. The medical equipment that we were carrying with us for Kijabe Hospital was no longer able to travel as a separate item of our luggage but needed to be carefully packed into our cases, padded by our clothing to keep it from getting damaged.
We had visas for Kenya to be organized in the last week to ensure that we had the maximum amount of time available for our language studies. We had items that we had borrowed that needed returning to their owners and some items of ours that needed to go back into storage after being used for the last time. We had final gatherings with family and friends who were local and phone calls to those who were too distant to visit. All in all the week was full.
While it is exciting to finally be on ‘our way’, excitement is only one of several emotions vying for attention as the end of our time in Australia approaches. There is grief in farewelling friends and family, there is the joy of setting out on a new venture with God, as well as the unknowns that lie ahead, there is the challenge of ensuring that nothing is forgotten or overlooked and there is relief when at last everything is completed and you are ready to commence your travel. And in it and through it all God is with us every step of the way!