Looking back on my time in Fort Worth, I see how God was using that time for so many things. One was getting used to not being around for things that happened back home in Mississippi. Over the four years I lived there, a great many things happened that I was not able to get home for, such as, my brother’s college graduation, my grandmother and my father had surgery, the birth of my niece, the accident that involved my grandparents and aunt and uncle. I am sure there are many other little things that I missed out on as well. And although I wish I could have been there for all those events, whether good or bad, I can’t helped but think that God was using those experiences to prepare me for the future. I remember feeling that maybe that’s what was happening at the time but just ignoring it. Turns out that is exactly what was happening (in my opinion that is). Over the next two years there will be lots of things I will miss: births, deaths, marriages, graduations, recitals, etc. But God has called me to something, to somebody. I know that at times I will want to be in two places at once, but I know that I cannot abandon the people God has called me to. In a way, this is my cross – to leave behind so many people and future events in order that someone in Naples may come to know Christ. This is not my struggle alone but it is the struggle for most people who go overseas. It is comforting to know that others know what I am going through and that my Father is with me, holding me and also my family that I will soon leave behind.