Today, we visited with one of the pastors that I met back in 2013. He brought together pastors from 7 different churches, along with their wives, and a number of other local people for a marriage conference. I believe there were around 80 or so people.
I had to shrink several days worth of information into a 3 hour program. Sam ended up translating for me and so it was like old times. We used to teach like this for all day long for several days in a row.
I have to say that this was on of the best conferences like this that I remember being a part of. I really believe is going to be one of the connecting points for us.
But tragedy is constant and one of the elders of the church was killed this morning when a huge lorry ran into him on his scooter. Instead of bringing with his wife with him, he sent her on ahead in another vehicle. Here the pastor is leading us all into prayer for the elder and his family before we concluded for the day.
After we finished up, we traveled around the corner to visit an old family friend of Sam's who came from Madurai (Sam's home town). He was a pastor/teacher for many years in India. Then he move to Sri Lanka many years ago. He was the one who first brought Sam here right after the tsunami of 2004.
We had our sweet orange coconuts and then we hit the road back to where we started. 5 hours later we arrived in Negombo, said our goodbyes and Sam drove away. He flies off the first thing tomorrow morning.
I can't count how many times I have said goodbye to Sam. At hotels, airports, cafe's, the side of the road and in many different countries. But we have the belief that no matter what adventure God sends us on, we will meet again.
He has a lot of processing and praying ahead of him. I hope to have a summary letter to share with you all within the next month as we determine the next steps for us to move forward. Thank you for following us along in this journey.
In Christ - Jeff & Andie