What am I going to miss the most about Burundi? This is a question I get asked a lot. Is it the beautiful rolling green hills, the brightly dressed women, the adorable children, the beaches, waterfalls, and tea fields? Yes, I love those things but also know I will find a beauty like this in Uganda.
What comes to mind when I’m feeling sad about leaving Burundi? Faces…the faces of people who have shown love, shown support, and who have stuck with us & been an encouragement to us on this roller coaster of a journey we’ve been through. The faces of people people who have become our dear friends – our family.
This is what I will truly miss. Saying our goodbyes this last week has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do…and that’s saying a lot, looking at what we’ve been through over the last 2 years. Thinking of these faces leaves a bit of an ache in my heart.
I know we will be back to visit, but it still doesn’t make it easy. The thought of leaving our loved ones here and to go and “do life” with people we don’t even know yet, is hard to imagine. But that’s how it was when we moved to Burundi…we came without knowing anyone, and now we are leaving, with a group of people in Burundi that have shown us more love than we ever could have imagined.
So I guess the ache is good.
This gives me hope that we will find another community in Uganda that we will fall in love with as well. But our friends here in Burundi could not, and will not be replaced in our hearts. The beauty about moving again is, is that we are developing a global family – now we have a family in Canada, a family in Burundi, & will soon have a new family in Uganda. This is truly a gift & a blessing.
I want to thank our family here in Burundi for sending us off in the most beautiful way…for loving us, honouring us, celebrating with us, encouraging us, & praying for us. You mean more to us than we can express. This is not “goodbye,” it is “see you later.” A piece of our hearts will remain in Burundi & we’ll have to come and join back up with it every so often…
Thank you again.
Love to you all.
Nadine (& Josh).
Below are a few pictures from our week of “see you laters!”