Zambia Mission: The Departure

Suitcases With Purpose

As people learn of my mission trip to Zambia, many comment on others who have gone there. Who knew that Zambia was practically a destination site? Well, I am almost out the door now with two huge suitcases, plus my personal suitcase. Beware—when mission people know you are coming, there is a lot that they think of for you to bring along! All items are in the name of greater service. I am all for it, even if I do have to do a relay in the airport as I wheel three suitcases along!

Adventure Anxiety

On a more thoughtful note, these last days prior to departure have been unsettling. Some is due to finishing up the last details. It also comes from recognizing that I am leaving familiar turf and with that, I’m letting go of a level of self-sufficiency. New experiences and new insights will rattle the cage of my current frame of reference. I will be receptive to what the Zambian people will teach me about life. Even though I go as a pilgrim, this journey is less about visiting a holy place as it is finding the holy within the encounters I have with the people who call Zambia “home.”

Your many well wishes and promises of prayer warm my heart and send me forth!

By Sr. Mary Thomas

Missions Services at Avera McKennan Hospital

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