One of the difficulties of missionary life is the need to say good-byes. Our friendships are formed with people from all around the globe that are constantly coming and going. Yesterday, we bid farewell to a longtime friend named Joseph. John originally met him in 2002 during our CAN soccer tournament/Jesus Film showings in front of our house. At the time, he was a refugee from Sierra Leone. Over the years, he and John became good friends.
Joseph has a wonderful talent for making wooden pens and desk sets. John helped him start a business and he has been successfully making a living doing this for the past several years. We’ve had the joy of presenting several of you with pens and gifts made by Joseph.
Sierra Leone is now beginning to stabilize following almost 10 years of civil war that ended in 2000. Joseph has decided to return and reunite with his family and reestablish his life. It was difficult to say good-bye but we are very happy for him as we know this is something he’s been looking forward to for several years. Today, he presented a special handmade YWAM plaque to John. We will be continually reminded of Joseph because we see his pens and handmade nameplates on desks of many of the businesses we visit.