Yesterday marked the beginning of the end of this life-phase when my lovely housemate and co-volunteer Judith left to go home to Austria. For the last five months she has been a huge blessing to me, sharing both my home and office… the younger sister I didn’t expect to have here. It has been so helpful to have someone to process with, and she has been so gracious in being my primary sounding-board through lots of big issues needing to be worked through as I’ve experienced life here.
I am incredibly impressed with Judith’s ambitious and adventurous spirit, her diligence, servant heart, intelligence, and kindness. I expect this twenty-one year old to leave a tremendous mark on the world, and am thankful to have her as a great friend!
Here are a few memories we have shared:
|Lots of fun and laughter in Bethlehem and Jerusalem!|
Sharing great friends (and YANIF)
|Riding this “British awesome” camel…|
|Working for Musalaha, going on the Youth Desert Encounter, learning a lot about cultural differences in organizational structures.|
|Having our eyes opened to the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, experiencing the confused phases of understanding , grief, frustration, and the beauty of reconciliation.|
Thank you, Judi. God bless you as you transition home. My prayer is that you will have a wonderful time and find contentment in Him wherever you go. I look forward to seeing you soon.