The people. I have made a lot of wonderful friends in Africa since 2004 and I’m anxious to reunite with some of them!
When I used to lead mission trips, sometimes taking upwards to 45 people, I would encourage them to develop a friendship. I would say, “When you return on your sitting on your porch drinking coffee, I don’t want to you miss Africa (or whatever country I took them to), but I want you to miss Celestine and David, or Jose and Margaurite.” For me, I’ve been missing Mike, and Mbigi, and Ishmael.
Just a few more hours and I’ll find the parts of my heart that I’ve left behind in Africa!