In 1983 my brother brought home a new friend. The first thing he said to me (in a silly voice) was, "Fix me some tea, Honey." I wasn't sure what to think, so I asked him if he wanted a glass of tea. He said, "No, hot tea." I told him I didn't know how to fix hot tea, so he told me how. I went inside and fixed him a cup of tea and took it to him. He said,"I was just kidding!" We both laughed and were fast friends. He spent many hours at my house with my brother, and he was like a brother to me. He even scared a boy half to death so that boy would leave me alone. This week he went home to be with his Heavenly Father. He has touched many lives with his hard work, kindness, selflessness, and sense of humor. Wayne Speelman will forever be in my heart.....eating Cheetos and gummie Bears and scaring off the boys. My heart is hurting for his wife, daughter, mother, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends.
On top of these things, Summer will begin E-Team this week, and we will not be the ones taking her (for the second year in a row). I would give anything to be there for her opening service and closing ceremonies, but I can't.
I say all of this to say that it IS hard to live far away from friends and family, but I would not want to be anywhere else. I love my home in Québec. I love the people and the ministry. I have a wonderful husband and five beautiful children. I have some amazing friends. I am content because I am where I know God wants me to be. I also want to say how thankful I am for family and friends and technology which help to make the distance easier.
I can't be there to celebrate Wayne's life with my friends, but I have been able to share in the memories of him and the tributes to him through social media. I can't be by my grandmother's side, but I can text my mom while she sits by my Granny's side, getting updates and lending my support to my mom. I can't take Summer to E-Team and Truth and Peace, but she will be riding with her teammate and his mom and will be well taken care of. My aunt and uncle will take good care of her between E-Team and Truth and Peace, and there will be godly men and women who will care for her and impact her life for eternity through those weeks.
Do I get homesick at times? YES! Do I wish I could blink my eyes and be in Virginia Beach or Nashville during the next few weeks? YES! Do I trust that God is in control? Absolutely! So what do I do? I pray for peace and comfort and claim the verses...
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."