Paul’s Dad and two brothers visited near the end of August, and we really enjoyed spending time with them, challenging each other to physical competitions, debating ethical issues, and much laughter – the typical Arnold camaraderie!!
A highlight of their time here was our trip to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track wild Mountain Gorillas. Paul and I loved hiking through the rainforest, (it made us miss summers hiking in British Columbia), but watching Mountain Gorillas in the wild was unreal! We were often quite close to them. One six month old baby even wandered up to Paul’s Dad and touched him on the knee! I loved being so close to the baby, but I got a bit terrified when the Silverback would growl and tumble through the bush towards us! Overall it was an incredibly unique and intimate experience. I’ve posted some photos of our adventure to my facebook page, but below are a few more.
In addition to being a great encouragement to us, receiving a visit from family caused us to realize how much we miss the deep relationships we have with family and friends in Canada. Although we’re somewhat integrated into the community here, factors such as the language barrier and difference in lifestyle make us feel isolated at times. Being with people who had just come from home also reminded us of the lifestyle we enjoy in Canada, causing us to miss things we had forgotten about to some extent, such as hot showers, toilet seats, fresh veggies, dairy products, etc. This, coupled with being sick, has made it a difficult few weeks for us. I think it’s safe to say we’ve been homesick!! Sometimes when we realize we have five months left here, it feels like our departure will come too soon, but at other times it feels like it can’t come soon enough!
I’m sure it’s normal to feel this way though, and Paul and I are thankful for the opportunity to depend on God more than we do when life is peachy. One benefit of remembering life in Canada is that it’s enabled us to start thinking about what our life might look like when we move back. We currently have no idea, but are excited (and somewhat overwhelmed) to begin pondering about the possibilities!!
Overall, we would warmly welcome prayer for patience, endurance, and motivation during the remainder of our time here, as well as guidance to discern what God has for us next.