Since we were meeting at Mengo Hospital, Scott and I walked around Namirembe Guest house where we spent our first night in Uganda 17 years ago. We glanced in the room where the Herron family had been unable to greet us because they had been sprawled sick on beds. We stood in the parking spaces where our new LandCruiser and the Leary's were parked after emerging from customs exactly as we arrived, a miracle we appreciate more now than we did then. Later we said goobyes to the ARA staff, a guesthouse where we've stayed many times over the years, celebrating baby first steps and birthday parties. The ARA staff took us in when we had nothing after the ADF chased us out of Bundibugyo in 1997, I remember lying in the very same bed shaking with typhoid fever and then trying on used clothes from a bag they collected to donate to us, as well as stuffed animals for the kids. That's how Julia got bear. And tonight we're in Nairobi on the way to RVA, staying at Mayfield. This is where Scott spent his first night in Africa as a college student in 1983. I'm sure he had no idea that he was embarking upon a lifetime here.
We are here with Pat, representing all our team and family by coming to Luke's graduation with us. And tonight, as we sat down to do email, Bill and Stephanie, members of our original "Africa Team" from college, walked in. They are professors at NEGEST. Sweet to spend time at the end with those who were with us at the beginning.
So several full circles, geographically and relationally, as we move out.