So here we are sat in a coffee shop at the airport in Addis Ababa exactly one week after arriving here for the final leg of our journey to Kigali. Tired but full of stories and our phones full of photos.
This morning we packed up and left Solace Guest House where we have been looked after extremely well by all the staff from Jean- Marie and his team in the kitchen to Josianna and her colleagues who look after the reception desk. Jean-Marie even made us a special cake last night – which probably means he has forgiven Karen for continuously calling him Jean-Claude.
We had a really positive final meeting with Peninah and Emmanuel in the Tearfund office which was a great opportunity to reflect on all that has happened over the past week, ask questions and share experiences.
Following a final lunch with Dr Bunini and his son Jules we headed to the airport, with one of the most unusual arrivals any of us has ever experienced. We will fill you in when we get back.
So brace yourselves – John is keen to show off his newly acquired dancing skills; if you’re talking to Michael and you don’t know what his saying it’s probably because he’s broken into his new favourite language – KinRwandan; Graham now responds to ‘Gram’ – try it out and see; Reuben will maybe serenade you with some of the new Rwandan songs he has picked up; you might want to check Rachel’s bag just in case she has brought any of the children home; Karen may try to make sure you have your boarding passes and passport with you at all times; and Brian will be able to determine the weight of anything you are carrying with complete accuracy.
Thank you for your prayers which have surrounded us since we met last Thursday morning at 5am in the car park at M & S Ballyhackamore. God has been so faithful and our prayer is that you know what a vital role you have played during our time here. In the words of our Gilgal brothers and sisters “ALLELULIA! AMEN!”