The End of the Journey

My time in Africa has come to an end. I am currently in Kent, England, and I will be here until the 26th of October.  On the 26th I fly to New York, and I should arrive home on the 27th.  It is hard to believe that my journey through Africa has concluded.  The last two months have been transformative and educational.  It will be months before I am able to process everything that went on there.  There are two things I do know: 1) I am leaving a changed person, 2) I will return to Africa.  As I return home it is important for me to keep on writing and reflecting on all that has happened.  It will be just as vital that I begin to share my stories as soon as I return.

It was hard to leave Africa this past Monday. I will miss its beauty and the many people that I met there.  It is difficult leaving knowing all of the troubles and challenges as well.  This is why I want to return.  During my travels I met so many incredible people, and I heard many fascinating stories. I hope to deepen these relationships over many years to come.  It is hard to say what this will look like, but I know that we will stay in touch.  Please pray for me as I consider the many opportunities that have been presented to me to serve in Africa.

The main reason for this post is to thank all of you for your encouragement and support.  Thank you for allowing me to pursue this life changing opportunity, something I have dreamed about for a long time.  Thank you for helping me to go on a journey of transformation and growth. I am returning renewed and refreshed, and I am excited to share my stories with you.  Thank you for encouraging me in hard times, times when I missed home, times when I felt lonely, times when I just needed a simple word to keep me going.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn more about who I am, and who I am becoming.  This trip has taught me a lot, things I never would have been able to discover if I had not gone to Africa.  Thank you for sending me on an educational journey, learning about the African culture, history, and people, and also about what it means to be a true disciple of Christ.  Thank you for pushing me to go beyond the social norms and live a more fulfilling life.  This journey truly has been magnificent.  I look forward to sharing my stories and experiences with you when I return.

Thanks again for all that you have done for me over the past few months.  Please stay in touch as I travel these next two weeks. I would love to hear from you.  Also, if you have any questions feel free to ask! You can either leave a comment below or email me at: michael.du.baughman@gmail.com.  This will most likely be my final post of the trip, however, don’t be surprised if I write a couple more before I finally make it home.  Thank you. Have a blessed day.

Peace.

One thought on “The End of the Journey

  1. I am reading this during my devotions with a certain small dog on my lap. I am praying for you as I start a new day and you are in the middle of one. Praying for rest for you and strength and joy in learning about the place you are now and, of course, cheese. Love to you. Mom

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